link to Exxon's site link to AAPG's site link to Chevron's site

Mission of the Website

Upon scanning the web, it became clear to me that most petroleum geology Websites with an educational focus assumed a basic background in geology. Our approach has been to provide a content-rich site that attempts to cover most of the major aspects of the geology of oil, while giving the user some geologic fundamentals along the way. We have also attempted to base the site around perceived visitors' experiences - specifically with the "Geology in Your Backyard" section. The current plan is to broaden this topic to ten or more sites across North America, and eventually to other locations worldwide - much of this work is already underway. The site has been written with the 13-15 year age group in mind, although we feel it has value to both younger and older individuals with an interest in the fascinating world of oil.

If there is something that you would like to see included in the content of this site, feel free to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and it will be considered for inclusion.

This site has been designed, organized and written by Peter Nester for the specific use of the Paleontological Research Institution. Any attempt to reproduce portions of this site for private use is prohibited without the permission of the author or of PRI.

I would like to thank the following individuals and organizations

For help with illustrations:

  • Janee Ansley
  • Jim Houghton at The Graphic Touch
  • Paul Krohn
  • Renee Nester
  • Tim Youngs at Communique Design & Marketing, Inc.


For the use of photographs of the early days of oil:

  • Barbara T. Zolli, Director, Drake Well Museum
  • Susan J. Bates, Curator, Drake Well Museum
  • Carolyn Cole, Curator of Photographs, Los Angeles Public Library


For valuable proofreading and other content-related advice:

  • Robert M. Ross


For help with content:

  • Dee Breger, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
  • John Harper, Pennsylvania State Geological Survey
  • Mike Henry, Department of Oil Properties, City of Long Beach, CA
  • Harry Leffingwell
  • Samuel Pees, Samuel T. Pees and Associates
  • James Sorauf
  • Art Watermann, Paleo-Data Inc.