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Earth Sciences & Geography - Geophysics & Geodesy | Well Logging for Earth Scientists

Well Logging for Earth Scientists

Ellis, Darwin V., Singer, Julian M.

Originally published by Elsevier, 1987

2nd ed. 2007, XIX, 692 p. 450 illus.

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  • Dispels the "black magic" of well log interpretation
  • Provides a thorough exposé of the physical basis of geophysical measurements in wells
  • Introduces practical petrophysics - extracting desired properties from well log measurements – with problems for students
  • Combines a detailed review of the physics of measurements with an extensive introduction to their interpretation

Well logging lies at the intersection of applied geophysics, petroleum and geotechnical engineering. It has its roots in the tentative electrical measurements in well bores which were made by the Schlumberger brothers some 80 years ago in the earliest days of systematic petroleum exploration. Today, a variety of specialized instruments is used to obtain measurements from the borehole during, as well as after, the drilling process. This readable and authoritative treatment of the physics of these measurements dispels the "black magic" of well log interpretation by relating them, including those obtained by the latest generation of tools, to rock physics. It offers a thorough exposé of the physical basis of borehole geophysical measurements, as well as an introduction to practical petrophysics -- extracting desired properties from well log measurements.

"Well Logging for Earth Scientists", 2 nd edition, is thoroughly revised and extended with three new chapters, many new illustrations and expanded and updated references in each chapter.

Audience:  This graduate level textbook with many exercises can also serve as a useful handbook for practicing earth scientists (geophysicists, geologists, or petroleum engineers).

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Formation Evaluation - Geophysics - Logging while drilling - Petroleum prospecting - Petrophysics - Well logging - instruments - nuclear physics - spectroscopy

Related subjects » Applied & Technical Physics - Engineering - Environmental Science & Engineering - Fossil Fuels - Geophysics & Geodesy

Table of contents / Sample pages / Errata 

Erratum.- An Overview of Well Logging.- to Well Log Interpretation: Finding the Hydrocarbon.- Basic Resistivity and Spontaneous Potential.- Empiricism: The Cornerstone of Interpretation.- Resistivity: Electrode Devices and How They Evolved.- Other Electrode and Toroid Devices.- Resistivity: Induction Devices.- Multi-Array and Triaxial Induction Devices.- Propagation Measurements.- Basic Nuclear Physics for Logging Applications: Gamma Rays.- Gamma Ray Devices.- Gamma Ray Scattering and Absorption Measurements.- Basic Neutron Physics for Logging Applications.- Neutron Porosity Devices.- Pulsed Neutron Devices and Spectroscopy.- Nuclear Magnetic Logging.- to Acoustic Logging.- Acoustic Waves in Porous Rocks and Boreholes.- Acoustic Logging Methods.- High Angle and Horizontal Wells.- Clay Quantification.- Lithology and Porosity Estimation.- Saturation and Permeability Estimation.

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