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World Energy Resources Program, U.S. Geological Survey

Charles D. Masters

In 1973, with the OPEC embargo, the United States was jarred into the world of insecure energy supplies--a harsh reality considering that throughout much of our history we had sufficient domestic supplies of oil and gas to meet all of our requirements. The U.S. Government's response in 1973 was to assess domestic oil and gas potential, which was found to be substantial but nonetheless short of long-term requirements. Born of the need to become more certain about foreign as well has domestic resources, and working in conjunction with the Foreign Energy Supply Assessment Program of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Geological Survey undertook a program to develop a technical understanding of the reserves and undiscovered recoverable resources of petroleum in every bas n in the world with petroleum potential. The World Energy Resources Program prepared an assessment of ultimate resources of crude oil for the World Petroleum Congress (WPC) in 1983, and a revision and update (including natural gas, crude oil, extra heavy oil, and tar sands) are planned for WPC in 1987.

This poster session attempts to engender awareness of our scenario of world ultimate petroleum occurrence and to show some elements of the geology that guided our thinking.

AAPG Search and Discovery Article #91043©1986 AAPG Annual Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, June 15-18, 1986.