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 have been several series of books published by AAPG: Memoirs, Studies in Geology, Archie, Hedberg, Methods in Exploration, and general Special Publications. To date, more than 280 books have been published by AAPG.

In order to provide the widest possible variety of geoscience petroleum publications to its customers, in addition to its own books AAPG also carries titles from several other publishers, including the Geological Society of London, Cambridge University Press, and PennWell Publishing. For a full listing of available titles, visit store.aapg.org.

Currently, AAPG is publishing in the Memoir series only. All AAPG publications go through a proposal application process overseen by the AAPG Books Editorial Board and Elected Editor before being accepted for publication, and then all invited chapters of those approved books go through an additional stringent peer review process before being accepted for publication. AAPG publishes hard copy books, as well as hybrid combinations of hard copy and digital.

Book Ahead of Print is AAPG’s exciting new method of book delivery. Finished Memoir chapters are published online as Pay-Per-View PDFs during the assembly of the volume, which means that authors no longer have to wait on their colleagues to reap the benefits of citation, and readers have the earliest possible access to research.

Memoir editors receive a total of 15 complimentary copies of the book. Memoir chapter authors receive a PDF of their finished chapter and can purchase copies of the book at a 15% discount off the AAPG Member Sales Price, regardless of their AAPG member status.


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.

This memoir contains 15 well-illustrated, peer-reviewed chapters that describe the history of field development, the deposition and diagenesis of the reservoir rocks, geophysical characteristics of the field, special core analysis techniques used to better quantify the reservoir, petrophysical characteristics and interpretations of the reservoir, the types and abundance of natural fractures, and fluid production characteristics in the field. Finally, static and dynamic models for the field are presented in an attempt to integrate all the pieces of this giant geologic puzzle.
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This memoir is designed as a practical guide for students and professionals to learn the fundamentals of microscopic examination of sandstones, mudrocks, and associated rocks. With more than 1100 color illustrations, it covers the identification of grains, textures, and structures of clastic terrigenous rocks as well as their diagenetic alteration (compaction, cementation, dissolution, and replacement) and porosity reduction or enhancement. It also provides classification diagrams for formal description of those rocks and their porosity.
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This volume highlights key challenges for fluid-flow prediction in carbonate reservoirs, the approaches currently employed to address these challenges and developments in fundamental science and technology.
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Memoir 105 provides an overview of the main geologic, stratigraphic, sedimentologic, geomechanical, micro-seismic and engineering characteristics of the Haynesville mudrocks. Papers describe the Haynesville Shale from basin- to nanaoscale, reflecting the dimensions affecting shale-gas assessment and demonstrating the variety of techniques applicable to shale-gas evaluation.
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Memoir 100 – This 18-chapter volume is small enough to focus on the interplay among tectonics, sedimentation, and petroleum systems. Yet it is big enough to cover the diversity of structural styles in important petroliferous sedimentary basins around the globe, including those in west Africa, east Africa, east Brazil, east United States of America, Gulf of Mexico, South China Sea, the Russian Arctic, and the Mediterranean Sea. Release date: 02/2013
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This memoir is a comprehensive and integrated review of energy and mineral resources in the Solar System, including materials that can both sustain future manned expeditions and colonies in space and support Earth’s energy and critical material challenges in the 21st century and beyond. Release Date: 03/2013
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The purpose of Memoir 102 is to provide a practical reference for geologists, geophysists, engineers, and students to gain a better understanding of the various state-of-the-art techniques and applications of electron microscopy for shale hydrocarbon reservoir evaluation. Intended for both specialists and non-specialists alike, the reference volume will serve as a practical guide for petrographic interpretation and reservoir analog studies. Release date: 10/20/13
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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.
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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.
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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
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