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  • This course is designed to familiarize you with the many diverse career opportunities available to geoscientists.  It will help you explore your own geoscience career and demonstrate how to apply your experiences, transferrable skills and expertise to educate geoscience students on how to land that dream job. 

  • An introduction to reservoir engineering for geoscientists that covers the following topics:

    • Review of G&G in E&P
    • Development Geology
    • Reservoir Properties
    • Oil and Gas Well Production
    • Petroleum Reservers
    • EOR Techniques
    • Rock Deformation; Fractured Reservoirs
    • Rules for Appraisal of Oil and Gas Properties
    • Self Assessment Questions and Problems
    • Helpful References
  • The two most basic tools used in petroleum exploration and production are well logs and seismic data. Their integration is essential to enhance the probability of success of exploratory and development ventures.


    In this course we concentrate on the subject of well logs. Although we always hope for success when we drill wells, we can learn valuable information from dry holes also. So, let's see what we can ascertain from well logs.


  • This course will come up very soon!

  • Practical Petroleum Geoscience is a survey course that covers the most important aspects of geology and geophysics, as these apply to petroleum exploration and production. The course also covers the important topics of exploration economics and risk analysis. Remember that a scientific success that results in an economic failure is of no value to the end goal.

  • Put simply, there are no "ground truth" data. All data, including well logs, cores, 2-D and 3-D seismic, biostratigraphy, and production information must be integrated for accurate sequence stratigraphic interpretation.

    Because rocks are fundamental to an accurate sequence stratigraphic interpretation in carbonate systems, this module is designed to provide an essential overview of the basics of seismic stratigraphy, including carbonate rocks, facies, fabric and pore type, as well as the three critical environments in which indicator facies originate.

    Carbonate rocks are organized in stratigraphic hierarchies. These stratigraphic hierarchies represent themselves differently as a function of eustacy (icehouse, greenhouse, mixed) and tectonic/structural setting. By examining these carbonate sequences and establishing their heirarchical groups - cycles, cycle sets, systems tracts, HFS, CS - it will be possible to develop a stratigraphic model and put these principles to work in a hands-on instructional exercise using a Permian outcrop.

  • The term critical and strategic minerals has been around for some 90 years to describe those mineral commodities needed for the US economy that are mostly imported. The term originated during the First World War to include those materials needed for the war effort. We developed a new list appropriate for economy and technology of 2011.  The webinar will review the history of the concept of critical and strategic minerals, look at the new list. Details of some of the key commodities will be reviewed, considering their uses, price histories, the U.S. import situation and their current status for U.S. dependence.

    Both the National Academy of Sciences in the U.S. and a special commission of the European Union have conducted special studies and raised the concern over the future availability of many critical and strategic minerals to feed industry in their respective jurisdictions.

  • Hydrocarbons dominate as sources of energy and are projected to be the dominant sources into the future.  Alternative energy sources currently make only a small percentage of the total energy but there is positive growth.  This one hour webinar will not only concentrate on U.S sources of energy but will discuss world energy sources and will discuss what the energy sources may look like in 2035 and some recommendations for the future.

  • Author: Sue Lynn Bishop, Art Bishop, and Robert Font

    In this online course you will accompany us on a tour of some selected outcrops of the Lower Cretaceous System of central Texas. This general area constitutes one of the best exposures of Cretaceous strata anywhere around the globe. In our coverage, we will emphasize various aspects of the development, stratigraphy, sedimentology, structure and paleontology of these units. It is also our aim to provide you with additional historical and geographical data that will make this virtual field tour both interesting and informative.
  • This course is designed to be an introduction to the subject of landslides or mass wasting. We will discuss the causes of landslides, their form and classification, as well as methods of analysis, prediction and prevention.It is our hope that the material covered in this course will provide you with a firm background and motivate you to explore this important subject in greater depth.

  • A review and demonstration of strategies for ensuring your use of PowerPoint strengthens your presentation, and does not distract from the message or the delivery to the audience.


The Geoscience Online Learning Initiative is a cooperative effort between the American Geosciences Institute and the American Institute of Professional Geologists to ensure the sharing of geoscience knowledge on technical and professional issues throughout the community of practice and learning.

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