Explorer Geophysical Corner

Magnetic data traditionally have been used to map basement faulting, allowing geoscientists to have a better understanding of the structure of the overlying sedimentary section. Recent advances in acquisition, processing and interpretation techniques, however, have made it possible to map intra-sedimentary faulting and fractures as well.

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Volleyball? No. Science? Yes, and lots of it. A select group of geologists and other scientists are spending the summer on a cruise studying core samples from the Gulf of Mexico, courtesy of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Project.

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AAPG joins other professional and technical societies at OTC2005

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It used to be a 'gee whiz' extravagance, but 3-D computer visualization has grown up and become an everyday tool for virtually all areas of the petroleum business.

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Recent technological developments plus a new understanding of the region’s geology are making the icy and harsh waters offshore Labrador attractive.

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Seismic technology continues to drive the deep gas play in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Part 2 of 'High-Resolution Aeromagnetic (HRAM) Surveys: Exploration Applications from the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin -- Helicopter-Mounted Systems'

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Explorer Geophysical Corner

This month's column, the first of a two-part series, is titled 'High-Resolution Aeromagnetic (HRAM) Surveys: Exploration Applications from the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin -- Exploration in Highly Deformed Terrains.'

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Go east, young geologist, go east? Thanks in part to Cold War era surveillance work, offshore East Africa is garnering renewed scientific and industrial interest.

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Explorer Director’s Corner

This month's column is titled 'Electromagnetics Help Lower Drilling Risk.'

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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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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

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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DL Abstract

Physics is an essential component of geophysics but there is much that physics cannot know or address. 

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