Simulation of the Capitan Shelf Margin (Late Permian, Guadalupian) of West Texas/New Mexico, A Response to Eustatic Change and an example of the use of Sedpak
Published:January 01, 1989
C. G. St. C. Kendall, J. Strobel, J. Tang, J. Bezdek, P. Moore, R. Cannon, G. Biswas, 1989. "Simulation of the Capitan Shelf Margin (Late Permian, Guadalupian) of West Texas/New Mexico, A Response to Eustatic Change and an example of the use of Sedpak", Subsurface and Outcrop Examination of the Capitan Shelf Margin, Northern Delaware Basin, Paul M. Harris, George A. Grover
Download citation file:
The interactive computer simulation, SEDPAK, can track the sedimentary geometries produced by the filling of a two-dimensional basin from both sides, with a combination of clastic sediment and in situ carbonate growth (Strobel et al., 1987, 1988; Heiland-Hansen et al., 1988; Scaturo et al., 1988). The simulation program is implemented in 'C' and has been executed on Apollo and Sun workstations using graphical plotting functions based on the 'X' windows system. Sediment geometries are plotted on the graphics terminal as they are computed, so the user can immediately view the results. Then, based on these observations, the parameters can be repeatedly changed and the program rerun till the user is satisfied with the resultant geometry.
SEDPAK models geometries of clastic and carbonate sediments as they evolve through time and respond to depositional processes that include tectonic movement, eustasy, and sedimentation. Clastic modeling includes sedimentary bypass and erosion and sedimentation in alluvial and coastal plains, marine-shelf, basin-slope, and basin-floor settings. Carbonate modeling includes progradation, the development of hard grounds, downslope aprons, keep up, catch up, back step, and drowned reef facies, as well as lagoonal and epeiric facies. Also included is the capability to model extensional vertical faulting of the basin, sediment compaction, and isostatic response to sediment loading.
Figures & Tables
Subsurface and Outcrop Examination of the Capitan Shelf Margin, Northern Delaware Basin
Shelf sandstone reservoirs are becoming a more and more common exploration target. What they are, how they may be characterized, and how they differ from shoreline and deep-water deposits in the subject of this publication. Shelf sands and sandstone reservoirs are among the more poorly understood types of sandstones. Continental, shoreline and deep water sandstones have all been studied in much more depth than have shelf sands and sandstones. However, during the last fifteen years significant progress has been made in understanding shelf sands and sandstones. Studies of modern sediments have allowed us to understand many of the depositional processes active on the shelf. This book is intended to be an up-to-date summary of shelf processes and products. The papers are intended for those new to shelf sands and sandstones as well as the shelf specialist.