The first edition of the AAPG Geoscience Technology Workshop entitled “Structural Styles of the Middle East” occurred in May 2017 in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. This workshop focused on the structural evolution of the Middle East geological provinces as well as on the main structural styles characterizing these provinces. The different technical sessions covered a wide range of topics. Regionally dedicated sessions focussed on the following subjects:
- Comparisons between the structural styles of the Arabian Peninsula and the Zagros/Makran provinces,
- Comparisons between North, South and South-East Oman,
- Kinematic indicators of the different “Alpine” phases of deformation.
More thematic-based sessions were also organised with the aim to:
- Distinguish the role of deeply rooted structures against detachment-related ones in the region,
- Review the key structural tools used for seismic interpretation and structural model QC.
Based on the positive feedback collected by the technical committee after the first workshop, the decision was taken to repeat it as a recurring event. The idea was both to open the technical sessions to relevant aspects that were not covered by the first edition and to evaluate the progress made on previously discussed topics.
Based on this idea, the 2019 edition of the “Structural Styles of the Middle East” will articulate around four main themes covered by half-day technical sessions. These themes are the following:
- Structurally influenced traps, source rocks, reservoirs and seals,
- Precambrian basement patterns and Paleozoic tectonic evolution of the Middle East region,
- Salt tectonics in the Middle East,
- Meso-Cenozoic regional evolution.
A session dedicated to open discussions will follow the four thematic sessions.
The workshop aims to provide a state of the art review of the contrasted structural styles of the Middle East. The technical sessions will evaluate the influence of the multiple regional tectonic phases and of other major controlling parameters on the occurrence of major structural styles. A clear focus should be brought to the recent progresses made in the domains covered by the technical sessions as well as to their implications on economic prospectivity concerning hydrocarbon resources.