Explorer Article

This article is the first in a series about integrated disciplinary teams. Though not a new concept to the industry, the explosion of new technology such as 3-D and 4-D seismic, reservoir simulation and a host of drilling innovations has created the need for technical staff from several geoscience and engineering disciplines to work together.

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Explorer Article

Rare is the financier who can look at a 2-D map and visualize the pertinent data in three dimensions. But when a 3-D model is available, the folks who deal with capital can better understand complex geological concepts by actually seeing fault closure, stratigraphic traps and such, thereby leaving less to the imagination.

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Explorer Geophysical Corner

The phenomenon of paleo-OWCs may be more widespread than previously thought and could, in fact, be responsible for some previously unexplained exploration failures.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

Dramatic changes over the past 20 years have led to creative approaches to the seismic industry -- not all of which have been accepted wholeheartedly.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

3-D vector wavefield seismic: A technology that researchers at the University of Texas in Austin hope will be the next 3-D in the evolution of seismic technology.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

Expert reservoir geophysicist Alistair Brown discusses 3-D seismic as the first-ever joint AAPG/Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) Distinguished Lecturer.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

A fragile and beautiful environment waits to be defined by seismic data ... and crews not only trimmed costs but left no marks on the environment.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

Depending on who you talk to, the industry's latest round of merger mania is either a great deal or a great disaster. Guess how geophysical contractors vote.

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Explorer Geophysical Corner

Oil is produced from the Manderson Field, in Wyoming's Big Horn County, from a fracture system with possible significant lateral connectivity -- so characterizing the fractures in this field is of great importance.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

Deep water play in the Gulf of Mexico keeps getting deeper and hotter. A look at some discoveries in 5-6,000 feet of water shows how they may propel the industry into the Gulf.

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VG Abstract

In comparison with the known boundary conditions that promote salt deformation and flow in sedimentary basins, the processes involved with the mobilization of clay-rich detrital sediments are far less well established. This talk will use seismic examples in different tectonic settings to document the variety of shale geometries that can be formed under brittle and ductile deformations.

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DL Abstract

Around 170 million years ago, the Gulf of Mexico basin flooded catastrophically, and the pre-existing landscape, which had been a very rugged, arid, semi-desert world, was drowned beneath an inland sea of salt water. The drowned landscape was then buried under kilometers of salt, perfectly preserving the older topography. Now, with high-quality 3D seismic data, the salt appears as a transparent layer, and the details of the drowned world can be seen in exquisite detail, providing a unique snapshot of the world on the eve of the flooding event. We can map out hills and valleys, and a system of river gullies and a large, meandering river system. These rivers in turn fed into a deep central lake, whose surface was about 750m below global sea level. This new knowledge also reveals how the Louann Salt was deposited. In contrast to published models, the salt was deposited in a deep water, hypersaline sea. We can estimate the rate of deposition, and it was very fast; we believe that the entire thickness of several kilometers of salt was laid down in a few tens of thousands of years, making it possibly the fastest sustained deposition seen so far in the geological record.

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DL Abstract

Three-dimensional (3D) seismic-reflection surveys provide one of the most important data types for understanding subsurface depositional systems. Quantitative analysis is commonly restricted to geophysical interpretation of elastic properties of rocks in the subsurface. Wide availability of 3D seismic-reflection data and integration provide opportunities for quantitative analysis of subsurface stratigraphic sequences. Here, we integrate traditional seismic-stratigraphic interpretation with quantitative geomorphologic analysis and numerical modeling to explore new insights into submarine-channel evolution.

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