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Stephan A Graham
Stephan A Graham
Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA
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Donald R. Lowe
Donald R. Lowe
Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA
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Published:
January 01, 2008

Abstract

AAPG Studies in Geology 56, Atlas of Deep-water Outcrops, is a much-needed volume that provides a compendium of many of the world’s best outcrops of deep-water, clastic depositional systems.

Outcrops have long been the “tool of the trade” for geologists trying to better understand the architecture, facies, and evolution of deep-water depositional systems. Most importantly, outcrops serve as accessible examples of deep-water systems that can be studied at a range of scales as analogs for the buried but economically important deep-water systems that are the targets of modern hydrocarbon exploration.

Today, seismic studies of the sea floor and underlying sediments along modern deep-water continental margins in the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, the North Sea, West Africa, Indonesia, and other key areas paint rather detailed pictures of basin- to reservoir-scale architecture of deep-water systems.

Although one-dimensional cores and logs from these areas provide limited views of features at a fine scale, there remains a resolution gap that complicates predictions of deep-water lithofacies and heterogeneity at intrafield scales. General recognition of this gap, emphasized as early as the mid 1980s in the COMFAN (Committee on Fans) meeting volume (Normark et al., 1983-1984; Bouma et al., 1985) and coupled with the increased needs of the petroleum industry, catalyzed a flurry of academic and industry studies of deep-water outcrops that might provide appropriately scaled analogs for subsurface deep-water reservoir systems.

These outcrop studies, conducted around the world, greatly enhance our understanding of deep-water processes and the reservoir-scale architecture of deep-water deposits. However, selecting and

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AAPG Studies in Geology

Atlas of Deep-Water Outcrops

Tor H. Nilsen
Tor H. Nilsen
Desceased
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Roger D. Shew
Roger D. Shew
University of North Carolina
Wilmington, North Carolina
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Gary S. Steffens
Gary S. Steffens
Shell International E&P
Houston, Texas
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Joseph R. J. Studlick
Joseph R. J. Studlick
Maersk Oil America Inc.
Houston, Texas
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American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Volume
56
ISBN electronic:
9781629810331
Publication date:
January 01, 2008

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