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Oil in Belize. It could be an epic poem written by Byron, or a knowing verse by Rudyard Kipling. It’s also a ripping adventure, with a small band of True Believers finding victory on a remote frontier.

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Explorer Geophysical Corner

Multicomponent seismic data have unique value for studying near-seafloor geology in deepwater environments. When properly processed, P-P (compressional) and P-SV (converted-shear) images made from 4-C seismic data acquired in deep water with seafloor sensors show near-seafloor geology with amazing detail. This article is the first of two that describe how improved imaging of near-seafloor, deepwater strata can be achieved with conventional multicomponent seismic data.

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Technical winners have been announced for the best paper and poster presentations at April’s AAPG Annual Convention in Houston. The winners will receive their awards at the opening session of the next annual meeting, set April 1-4 in Long Beach, Calif.

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Explorer Geophysical Corner

Many people today view land surfaces from commercial airplanes or on satellite images and are amazed by the geomorphic forms of river channels, deltas, barrier islands, dune fields and other features. These views show us modern stratal-time surfaces of exposed landforms. Three-D seismic technology has now made it possible to image similar, but much older, geomorphic features and stratal surfaces preserved in the rock record.

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Environmental concerns are a major factor in all U.S. exploration, but it is especially true in the West. That includes Wyoming’s Pinedale Field, a tight gas sand giant in the northwest part of the Greater Green River Basin.

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Success stories often include words like “fun” and “wonderful.” When Roy Roux talks about his company’s success in Utah’s remote and rugged Southwest Uinta Basin, different words are used. Words like hard. Frustrating. Challenging.

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Explorer Geophysical Corner

A project to design, construct and deploy a seafloor monitoring station across a deepwater hydrate mound in Mississippi Canyon Block 118 (MC 118) has been initiated by the Gulf of Mexico Hydrates Research Consortium, which comprises 15 universities, five federal agencies and several private corporations.

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Several new education opportunities have been added to the AAPG calendar -- for both the classroom and beautiful outdoor settings -- and now is the time to add them to your schedule in the next few months.

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Students at the University of Calgary’s Department of Geology and Geophysics integrate maps and data to help predict where open fractures will deliver oil and gas to well bores from subsurface reservoirs.

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Explorer Article

Earthquake in the Gulf spotlights the Cretaceous shelf edge, the separation point of the Gulf of Mexico plate from North American plate.

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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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Request a visit from Frank Peel!

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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.

Request a visit from Juan I. Soto!

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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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Request a visit from Jacob Covault!

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