Published:January 01, 2011
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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The Permian Rotliegend of the Netherlands
More than 50 years ago, the discovery of the giant Groningen Gas Field in the subsurface of the Netherlands by NAM B.V. marked a turning point inthe Dutch and European energy market initiating the replacement of coal by gas. Despite the fact that the Rotliegend dryland deposits in the Southern Permian Basin are one of Europe's most important georesources, no sedimentological overview is available to date for the subsurface of the Netherlands. This SEPM Special Publication presents for the first time such a summary of the present-day knowledge, including a comprehensive core atlas from on- and offshore wells.