Oil Formation and Trapping

Stephen Marshak, W.W. Norton and Company

This animation shows the successive stages in the formation of an oil reserve. In View 1, organic material settles, is buried, and is transformed by heat and pressure into oil. In View 2 an oil trap is formed: the area folds into an anticline, and oil migrates and accumulates in the anticline crest.

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Subject: Environmental Science:Energy:Fossil Fuels
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Animations/Video
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Environmental Science