A series of 3D cut out paper models that show the major trap types for oil and gas.  The trap models include:

Normal fault trap

Reverse fault trap

Anticline/syncline trap

Facies trap

Salt dome trap



All students need is a printer, scissors, and glue to make a 3-D model.


These models were developed by Tau Rho Alpha and myself as part of resources for Geoscience Australia and then The Geological Society fo America – both now giving them away for free.

If you want to learn more about oil traps then listen to this podcast on oil formation and traps (just 11 minutes).

If you are looking for an additional activity for your students to try, check out the Pippa Basin Survey activity in our member section.



Oil & Gas Traps Model Package