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Overview: Examples of Slope to Basin Floor Reservoir Architecture, Brushy, Canyon Formation, Texas, USA

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C. Rossen
C. Rossen
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ExxonMobil Development Company, Houston, Texas, USA
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R. T. Beaubouef
R. T. Beaubouef
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ExxonMobil Exploration Company, Houston, Texas, USA
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Published:
January 01, 2008

Abstract

The Permian (Guadalupian) Brushy Canyon Formation consists of 460 m (1500 ft) of basinally restricted, deep-water sandstones and siltstones that onlap older carbonate basin-margin deposits at the northwest margin of the Delaware basin. The formation is exceptionally exposed along a 40-km (25-mi) outcrop belt in the Guadalupe and Delaware Mountains, west Texas. The outcrop belt forms an oblique-dip transect from the slope to basin floor, which enables analysis of variations in channel styles and sandstone-body architecture across the depositional profile (Zelt and Rossen, 1995; Beaubouef et al., 1999; Gardner and Borer, 2000; Gardner et al., 2003). This paper includes representative examples (summarized in Beaubouef et al., 1999) of channel complexes deposited in interpreted middle-slope, toe-of-slope, and basin-floor (transitional, channel-to-sheet) environments.

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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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