Oil : a beginner's guide
- Vaclav Smil.
- Oxford : Oneworld Publications, 2008.
- Physical description
- xiii, 202 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
- Oneworld beginners' guides.
- Smil, Vaclav.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. -191) and index.
- Oil's benefits and burdens
- What oil is and how it was formed
- How oil is found and where it has been discovered
- How oil is produced, transported and processed
- How long will oil last
- App. A. Units, abbreviations and their definitions and conversions
- App. B. Additional reading and websites.
- Publisher's Summary
- Packed with fascinating facts and insight, this book will fuel dinner party debate, and provide readers with the science and politics behind the world's most controversial resource. Without oil, there would be no globalisation, no plastic, little transport, and a global political landscape that few would recognise. It is the lifeblood of the modern world, and humanity's dependence upon it looks set to continue for decades to come. In this captivating book, the author of the acclaimed Energy: A Beginner's Guide, Vaclav Smil, explains all matters related to the 'black stuff', from its discovery in the earth, right through to the political maelstrom that surrounds it today.
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