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Abstract

Development and application of seismic stratigraphy in exploration have been underway worldwide for more than two decades. The application of modern sequence stratigraphy, however, is only beginning. Recent proliferation of continuing education courses on the subject clearly indicates the growing level of international interest in understanding and evaluating these new ideas and methods. Standing-room-only crowds attending sequence stratigraphy presentations at recent international and regional geologic and geophysical annual meetings show how popular the subject has become during the past several years. Since 1990, most companies have been sponsoring in-house courses and workshops. Most professional meetings have scheduled one or more courses on some aspect of sequence stratigraphy. Within many companies, individual explorationists have begun to study and attempt to apply recently published concepts and procedures.

Management in other companies is mandating that these new tools be applied in all future prospecting and field development.

Geoscientists at Soekor (Pty) Ltd. conceived this atlas in response to the recent growing interest in the subject and because of the limited number of published case histories that document the application of sequence stratigraphy. Sequence stratigraphy provides some very powerful chronostratigraphic and play prediction tools for exploration, as well as an unusual stratigraphic perspective required for subsequent field development and reservoir characterization. A need exists for real world examples that provide sufficient basic data to enable geoscientists to evaluate the practical application and contribution of sequence stratigraphy to an active exploration and drilling program. This atlas is thus designed to document examples of how these

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