Outcrop and Seismic Expressions of Coral Reefs, Carbonate Platforms, and Adjacent Deposits in the Tertiary of the Salalah Basin, South Oman
Jean R. F. Borgomano, Jeroen M. Peters, 2004. "Outcrop and Seismic Expressions of Coral Reefs, Carbonate Platforms, and Adjacent Deposits in the Tertiary of the Salalah Basin, South Oman", Seismic Imaging of Carbonate Reservoirs and Systems, Gregor P. Eberli, Jose Luis Masaferro, J. F. “Rick” Sarg
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The integration of outcrop, seismic, and well data in the Salalah area, south Oman, allows a sequence-stratigraphic interpretation of the Salalah carbonate margin that is related to the opening of the Gulf of Aden during the Tertiary. The outcrop expression of platform, coral reefs, faulted shelf edge, and base-of-slope carbonates is briefly described to support the seismostratigraphic interpretation of an analog interval in the subsurface. The rapidly increasing rate of subsidence, combined with the differentiation of faulted highs and troughs, resulted in the stepwise drowning of shallow-marine carbonates and the upward increase in basinal marls and tur-bidites. The growth of coral reefs on the edge of fault blocks preceded the end of carbonate deposition.