AAPG's mission is to provide members, other geoscientists, and, in some cases, nongeologists with timely and useful publications at the lowest possible cost. There are several series of books published by AAPG: Memoirs, Studies in Geology, Archie, Hedberg, Methods in Exploration, and general Special Publications. All AAPG publications go through a proposal and review process overseen by the AAPG Publications Committee and Elected Editor before being accepted for publication. AAPG publishes both hard copy and digital books, as well as hybrid combinations of hard copy and digital.

Occasionally, books will be published that do not fall into a Series category, and these are published as general Special Publications, with no series number.

Memoir 31 – A classic reference book designed for the petroleum geologist, field geologist, or sedimentologist, this volume emphasizes the importance of environmental analysis to exploration and production. Companion to Memoir 33.
Memoir 33 is designed specifically for use by the non-specialist who uses carbonate depositional environments in facies reconstructions and environmental interpretations. This classic work focuses on the recognition of depositional environments with extensive use of color diagrams and photographs of sedimentary structures and facies assemblages. Suitable for use as a textbook. Companion to Memoir 31.
Memoir 42, 7th Edition. The prime focus of the book continues to be the synergy between 3-D seismic data and the workstation. The author passionately addresses the widespread problem of data underutilization. Two new chapters and several new sections have been added in the 7th Edition, but basic data understanding continues to be stressed. Release Date: 08/2011
Memoir 57 – Derived from the 1991 Research Symposium on Carbonate Sequence Stratigraphy, the authors have brought together in one volume a representative sampling of pivotal research in this important topic.
Memoir 75 – Covering a wide range of topics related to petroleum geochemistry and hydrocarbon origin, migration, and entrapment, this book is of interest to explorers and managers who want a regional perspective and the detailed information to make better-informed exploration decisions. The 21 chapters discuss structural geology, sedimentary basins, stratigraphy, and case studies of fields in Mexico.
Using Memoir 77, students and other workers with little formal petrographic training should be able to examine thin sections or acetate peels under the microscope and interpret the main rock constituents and their depositional and diagenetic history. Designed to help deal with challenges in identifying skeletal grains, it includes a wide variety of examples of commonly encountered skeletal and nonskeletal grains, cements, fabrics, and porosity types and keys to grain identification.
Memoir 79 documents a wide range of research on this vast area. Of the 44 papers, roughly two-thirds pertain to the Mexican portion of the Gulf of Mexico, and to the petroliferous areas of the southern Caribbean. The remaining papers relate to the Antilles and Central America, as well as a series of papers that address region-wide topics such as plate tectonic evolution.
Memoir 80 provides an overview of current approaches used in the development of geologically constrained and integrated reservoir models. Topics addressed are the process of creating a reservoir model through the development and incorporation of an analog, extracting the quantitative input parameters on lateral and vertical variability, and the development and modification of a 3-D reservoir model.
Memoir 81 documents the current state in seismic imaging and interpreting of carbonate systems and captures the dynamics of the carbonate system on a large exploration scale and a small reservoir scale. Among the topics covered are the delineation of the complex histories of carbonate platform sequences from seismic data, the relationships between geometries and forming processes, the imaging of faults for improved mapping of potential fluid migration pathways, and use of seismic attributes for the extraction of rock properties in the sedimentary bodies.
Memoir 84 – This 30-chapter volume provides a comprehensive and understandable account of geology and hydrocarbon resources of the entire Carpathian system from northeastern Austria to southern Romania, including the Neogene foredeep, the foreland platform both in front and beneath the thrust belt, the Carpathian thrust belt, and the late and post orogenic intermontane basins.
Memoir 86 – Presented in M86 are the results of a major study of the petroleum resources of the world as analyzed by total petroleum systems. Geologic insights gained from studying these 149 systems and their constituent assessment units in 128 provinces and 96 countries, exclusive of the United States, allow a new look at petroleum accumulations and the rocks that are intimately associated with them. Lists of new areas of potential and new estimates of resources make this a must-have addition to the petroleum geologist’s library. Release date: 09/2005
Memoir 87 emphasizes high-quality case studies from the surface and subsurface. The geographic scope of M87 is large, and illustrates the diversity of geological settings in which these fascinating and economically significant features are found. It contains 10 chapters on subsurface examination of sand injectites, one chapter on theoretical considerations, and 13 on outcrop analogs in reservoirs across the world. Release date: 07/2007
Memoir 88 assembles information on giant (>500 MOEB recoverable reserves) hydrocarbon reservoirs. The authors explore historical and alternative approaches to reservoir description, characterization, and management, as well as examining appropriate levels and timing of data gathering, technology applications, evaluation techniques, and management practices in individual projects.
Memoir 89 contains 39 individual contributions, ranging from topical summaries to focused research papers. The hardcopy includes abstracts and several key figures for each of the contributions along with a complete copy of a gas hydrate technical review. The digital portion contains the complete research papers and has been organized into a series of topical sections consisting of review articles, marine gas hydrate papers, and gas hydrate laboratory and modeling studies. Release Date: 01/2010
Memoir 90 is a multidisciplinary book that includes a wide range of topics such as petroleum systems analysis, salt tectonics, basin modeling, and structural geology and tectonics. Focusing on the southern Gulf of Mexico (GOM) prolific offshore and onshore basins with an emphasis on the petroleum systems, this book is a must for exploration geologists and geophysicists, research scientists, faculty, and students who want to learn about the petroleum geology of the GOM. Release Date: 03/2010
Memoir 91 – Written for students, new professionals in oil companies, and anyone with an interest in reservoir geology, this volume explains the background to production geology in the context of oil field subsurface operations. It also gives practical guidelines as to how a production geologist can analyze the reservoir geology and fluid flow characteristics of an oil field with the aim of improving hydrocarbon recovery. Advice is given on how to search for oil volumes, where pockets can be found, and how to plan wells in a producing field. Release date: 09/2009
Memoir 92 portrays key applications of dipmeter and image log data across the exploration and production life cycle. It illustrates the value of integrating high-resolution dipmeter and borehole image data with seismic, well-log, and geological knowledge in order to construct integrated subsurface models. It provides the fundamentals of the technology for novice and specialist geoscientists and petroleum engineers alike, as well as introducing state-of-the-art applications. Release date: 08/2010
M93 - Shale Tectonics  
Memoir 93 documents shale tectonics from a variety of basins around the world, including the southern Beaufort Sea; the Krishna-Godavari Basin, India; eastern offshore Trinidad; offshore Brunei; and along the westernmost portion of the Mediterranean Sea. The book also provides information on the petrographic framework, behavior, geometries, and geodynamic models of shales. Release date: 03/2011
Memoir 94 – Thrust fault-related folds form numerous important hydrocarbon traps in sub-aerial and deep-water fold and thrust belts as well as in inversion fold and thrust belts. This memoir presents 16 papers on new advances in the analysis and understanding of thrust-related fold systems including detachment folds, thrust-fault propagation folds, wedge thrust-related fold systems, and basement-involved fold systems. Release date: 10/2011
M96 - Uncertainty Analysis and Reservoir Modeling  
Memoir 96 presents a comprehensive survey of cutting-edge approaches used by industry to quantify the uncertainty in both conventional and unconventional reservoirs. Balanced between case histories and theory, the chapters in this volume equip experienced practitioners and those just entering the field with the theories, workflows, and case history examples needed to make better reservoir management decisions in the modern oil and gas field. Release date: 12/2011
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Books assigned to the Memoir Series are broad in topic, or have global application. The AAPG Memoir Series is currently cited by Thomson Reuters ISI.

Studies in Geology

Books assigned to the Studies Series are narrow in topic, or applicable locally or regionally only.


Books assigned to the Archie Series are focused on the topic of formation evaluation. This Series was named after Gustave E. Archie, a pioneer in the area of formation evaluation.


Books assigned to the Hedberg Series come directly from AAPG's Hedberg Conferences, and contain papers from presenters at those Conferences as well as papers relating to the Conference topic. The AAPG Hedberg Series will be included in Thomson Reuters ISI Web of Knowledge Conference Proceedings Publications.

Methods in Exploration

Books assigned to the Methods Series focus on specific application processes and technology in exploration.

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