"Oil is the lifeblood of the modern world. Without it, there would be no planes, no plastic, no exotic produce, and a global political landscape few would recognize. Humanity's dependence upon oil looks set to continue for decades to come, but what is it? Fully updated and packed with fascinating facts to fuel dinner party debate, Professor Vaclav Smil's Oil: A Beginner's Guide explains all matters related to the 'black stuff', from its discovery in the earth right through to the controversy that surrounds it today."--Amazon.com.
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 -- App. C. Short glossary -- App. D. Additional reading and websites.