Bulletin Article

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Understanding the distribution and geometry of reservoir geobodies is crucial for net-to-gross estimates and to model subsurface flow. This article focuses on the process of dolomitization and resulting geometry of diagenetic geobodies in an outcrop of Jurassic host rocks from northern Oman. Field and petrographic data show that a first phase of stratabound dolomite is crosscut by a second phase of fault-related dolomite. The stratabound dolomite geobodies are laterally continuous for at least several hundreds of meters (sim1000 ft) and probably regionally and are one-half meter (1.6 ft) thick. Based on petrography and geochemistry, a process of seepage reflux of mesosaline or hypersaline fluids during the early stages of burial diagenesis is proposed for the formation of the stratabound dolomite. In contrast, the fault-related dolomite geobodies are trending along a fault that can be followed for at least 100 m (328 ft) and vary in width from a few tens of centimeters to as much as 10 m (sim1–33 ft). Petrography, geochemistry, and high homogenization temperature of fluid inclusions all point to the formation of the dolomite along a normal fault under deep burial conditions during the Middle to Late Cretaceous. The high 87Sr/86Sr ratio in the dolomite and the high salinity measured in fluid inclusions indicate that the dolomitizing fluids are deep basinal brines that interacted with crystalline basement. The dolomitization styles have an impact on the dimension, texture, and geochemistry of the different dolomite geobodies, and a modified classification scheme (compared to the one from Jung and Aigner, 2012) is proposed to incorporate diagenetic geobodies in future reservoir modeling.

Explorer Article

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There’s still time to register for a historic conference that promises to bring together the best of the worlds of science and industry. This year’s AAPG International Conference and Exhibition (ICE) will be held Sept. 14-17 in Istanbul, Turkey.
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Explorer Article

Discoveries were comparatively sparse, but they persisted steadily throughout the year. Here are some of the more significant discoveries of the past year.

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Explorer Article

Rocky road to success: AAPG member Simon Donato found adventure and much more – when he accepted the personal challenge of finding archaeological sites in the rugged and dangerous mountains overlooking the Strait of Hormuz.

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Distinguished Lecturer Steve Dorobek’s Asia Pacific Region tour, originally slated for March, has been delayed until May – but the AAPG DL program will remain active in March with four speakers ready to tour.

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Explorer Article

Heavy oil in the Middle East – an overlooked potential?

Explorer Emphasis

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Improved imaging technology has helped explorationists in the Sultanate of Oman reawaken a sleeping giant.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

An added dimension: 3-D seismic data is an essential ingredient in operators’ efforts to understand the risks and nuances of shale plays.

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Explorer Emphasis Article
Tough terrain, challenging locales, political upheavals: Welcome to the world of international seismic work, where the hardest part of the job might be just getting to the job.

Explorer Foundation Update

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Explorer Foundation Update

It has a new name, a new energy and a new lineup of experts, all primed to spread geoscience knowledge around the world. “It” is AAPG’s newly named Global Distinguished Lecture Program – emphasis on the “global” – which dates back to 1941 but continues to be the Association’s flagship initiative for offering the latest in geologic science to AAPG affiliated geological societies and universities.

Workshop

Afghanistan 18 May, 2015 20 May, 2015 12367
 
Afghanistan
18-20 May 2015

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Dead Sea Jordan 08 June, 2015 10 June, 2015 10669
 
Dead Sea, Jordan
8-10 June 2015

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Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates 26 January, 2015 28 January, 2015 10665
 
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
26-28 January 2015

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Kuwait City Kuwait 23 March, 2015 25 March, 2015 8560
 
Kuwait City, Kuwait
23-25 March 2015

This three-day workshop will be dedicated to sharing knowledge, ideas, and workflows pertaining to exploration for stratigraphically trapped hydrocarbon accumulations in the Middle East. The workshop will emphasize case studies involving both carbonates and clastics — in order to help focus explorationists in their search for these types of traps.

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