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As the shale revolution continues in North America, emerging markets areopening up in all continents. In the next 8- to 10-years, more than 100,000 wellsand 1- to 2-million hydraulic fracturing stages could be executed and lead to anindustry spending level close to 1 trillion dollars. Such level of activity requiresknowledgeable professionals in all aspects of exploitation and development.Plus, the present demand for shale resource exploitation and development hasprompted thousands of oil and gas professionals experienced in conventional oiland gas development to adapt to this new environment.This book covers all aspects of the exploitation and development of these shaleresources. The 24 chapters start with a basic understanding of the unconventionalresources and go to an in-depth coverage of sub-surface measurements (geological,geophysical, petrophysical, geochemical, and geomechanical) and associatedinterpretation--plus all disciplines associated with drilling, completion, stimulation,production, reservoir, monitoring techniques, the associated software, and the overallunconventional resource development workfl ow. There are chapters on emergingtechnology like data mining and future areas of technological development. Thetextbook, thus, addresses the needs of the geologist, geophysicist, petrophysicist,geomechanical specialist, and drilling, completion, stimulation, production, andreservoir engineers.Any professional wanting to further research in the exploitation and developmentof shale resource will fi nd this textbook a thorough, comprehensive reference.If one wants to conduct an in-depth research in a particular area, for examplemicroseismic measurement uniqueness, this textbook is a good starting point andallows the researcher to get more details from the references cited.