This book presents a comprehensive, up-to-date appraisal of the reservoir rocks, source rocks, seals and traps that control Iraq’s petroleum resources.


The book is divided into the following main sections:


The introductory chapters include a review of the history of the oil industry in Iraq from the Baba Gurgur blow-out in 1927 until the present day.


Chapter 3 outlines Iraq’s tectonic setting and evolution, and includes 15 new regional cross-sections.


The core of the book is a five-chapter (220-page) section on stratigraphic elements, arranged by megasequence. Each of these chapters ends with a focussed discussion of petroleum system components.


This section is followed by an assessment of Iraq’s petroleum systems (chapter 9: 98 pages). The Palaeozoic, Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous and Tertiary systems are discussed separately, together with case-history studies of the Kirkuk and Ain Zalah oilfields.


A brief final section outlines some of the future challenges which currently face the oil industry in Iraq.


The book ends with a 30 page list of References and Index.


The “Petroleum Geology of Iraq” provides an invaluable source of information for petroleum geologists and other researchers. It is a benchmark publication which will be of reference use for the next decade.


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