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Due to the nature of the depositional environment and most importantly the lack of (bio) stratigraphic control, it remains difficult to establish a robust and reliable stratigraphic framework for the Upper Rotliegend which can be used as a guideline to better understand the internal architecture. The most important challenges encountered are the identification of the large-scale basin architecture and basin fill, the identification of a sequence stratigraphic model for (semi-) arid continental deposits, and the relationship between the distribution of Upper Rotliegend sediments and the underlying Variscan structural framework.

Based on the present-day knowledge and status of particular stratigraphic aspects, it can be concluded that a single “silver bullet” solution does not exist for providing a more profound understanding of the depositional model. It is evident that none of the methods available should be used in isolation but rather integrated in the framework of sequence stratigraphy providing the petroleum geologist a genetic and predictive geological model.

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