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Comment: 24:43 - 25:22 (00:39)
Source: Annenberg/CPB Resources - Earth Revealed - 8. Earth's Structures
Keywords: "source rock", "Stephen M. Scott", oil, gas, structure, hydrocarbon, temperature, reservoir, sedimentary

Our transcription: Locating geologic structures, which can trap migrating petroleum, is just one of the considerations taken into account by geologists looking for oil.
We have to assess the basin for its source rock potential.
Once we assess that there are source rocks appropriate for that, then we have to say "has the timing been appropriate?"
"Has that source rock set down there long enough and become buried deep enough such that the temperature has allowed the hydrocarbons to generate?"
So we have to look at source, migration, and the migration has to be timely.
We have to look at appropriate traps, and we have to look for reservoir quality.

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