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The Final Frontier of Deepwater Exploration: The Continent-Ocean Transition Zone of Rifted-Passive Margins

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Occurred Tuesday, 9 April 2024, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.  |  Virtual Webinar via Zoom (Tulsa, Oklahoma time)

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Led by University of Houston Professor of Geology, Tectonics, and Petroleum Geology Paul Mann, this webinar will summarize the crustal structure, tectonostratigraphy, and hydrocarbon potential of the deepwater, continent-ocean transition zone of non-volcanic and volcanic, rifted-passive margins.

The number of subsurface studies of rifted-passive margins worldwide has risen dramatically as improved geophysical imaging and academic and industry drilling of margins have increased. Rifted-passive margins host the greatest accumulations of deepwater sedimentary deposits on Earth, that lead to their hosting about two-thirds of all giant oil and gas discoveries worldwide. For that reason, rifted-passive margins remain major focus area for hydrocarbon exploration. Because of their deep burial, rifted-passive margins are most directly known from deeply penetrating wells and seismic refraction and reflection subsurface mapping.

This webinar will address questions including:

(1) Does a productive rifted-passive margin mean that its “look-alike” conjugate margin will also be productive?

(2) What are marginal rifts, and why do these structures form important, deepwater exploration targets?

(3) Where should the deepwater limit of deepwater data acquisition and exploration be drawn at the deepwater, continent-ocean boundary - or at the even deeper-water area underlain by oceanic crust? and

(4) Should volcanic, rifted-passive margins be considered lower-priority exploration targets because magmatic activity has displaced or altered the normal deepwater sedimentary environments for organic-rich source rocks and highly porous and permeable reservoir rocks?

When: 9 April, 2024
Featured Speaker: Paul Mann, Professor of Geology, Tectonics, and Petroleum Geology at the University of Houston
Susan Nash, Ph.D. Director, Innovation and Emerging Science and Technology
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