Fundamentals of Shale Energy Development: Geology, Hydraulic Fracturing, and Environmental, Geopolitical and Socio-economic Impacts

Summary and Final Tasks

Summary and Final Tasks


The purpose of this lesson was to give you an appreciation of basic geologic concepts to better understand oil and gas geology in the next lesson. The concepts of time in billions of years and depth and distance in thousands of miles can be difficult to grasp, much less what was occurring on the planet during that time. Imagination is definitely useful for trying to reconstruct how rocks formed in these ancient geologic settings, luckily we can use the concept of uniformitarianism to help us understand the complexities of Earth's geology. The basic concepts presented in this lesson will provide you a solid foundation to build your growing understanding of geology upon, which will then allow you to better understand oil and gas geology in the next lesson.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Comprehend the basic geological history of the area and the resulting natural resources.
  • Gain an appreciation for geologic scales like time, depth, and distance.

Reminder - Complete all of the Lesson 3 tasks!

You have reached the end of Lesson 3! Double-check the to-do list on the Lesson 3 Overview page to make sure you have completed all of the activities listed there before you begin Lesson 4.