A MODERN LOOK AT THE PETROLEUM GEOLOGY OF THE MARACAIBO BASIN, VENEZUELA
Karl W. Stauffer, Gregory D. Croft Pantera Petroleum San Leandro, Calif. The Maracaibo basin of western Venezuela is one of the world's most important oil producing basins, with a cumulative production of more than 35 billion bbl (Fig. 1)(42038 bytes) . The reasons for this great wealth of hydrocarbons are a combination of source beds of excellent quality, thick reservoirs with high porosity and permeability, and a series of sealing shales, faults, and unconformities, which provide large
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