This report was prepared as part of the World Energy Project of the U.S. Geological Survey. In the project, the world was divided into 8 regions and 937 geologic provinces, and the provinces were then ranked according to the discovered oil and gas volumes within each (Klett and others, 1997). Of these, 76 priority provinces (exclusive of the U.S. and chosen for their high ranking) and 26 emerging (boutique) provinces (exclusive of the U.S. and chosen for their anticipated petroleum richness or special regional economic importance) were selected for appraisal of oil and gas resources. The petroleum geology of these priority and boutique provinces is described in this series of reports. A detailed report containing the assessment results is available separately (U.S. Geological Survey Assessment Team, 2000).
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