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An accumulation of oil and/or natural gas is the product of a whole series of chance geological events. Predicting if and where such an accumulation has formed is no simple matter, and it is never foolproof. However, the oil and gas industry has, over a period of many decades, built up a series of survey techniques that help to minimize the risks while pinpointing the targets.
The topics listed on this page reflect the various methods and techniques currently employed by the oil and natural gas industry to locate commercial quantities of hydrocarbon accumulations. Please click on any of the topics above to learn more specific information on that subject.