Multichannel Seismic Reflection Surveys Over the Antarctic Continental Margin Relevant to Petroleum Resource Studies
Published:January 01, 1990
John C. Behrendt, 1990. "Multichannel Seismic Reflection Surveys Over the Antarctic Continental Margin Relevant to Petroleum Resource Studies", Antarctica as an Exploration Frontier—Hydrocarbon Potential, Geology, and Hazards, Bill St. John
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More than 100,000 km of marine multichannel seismic profiles have been acquired over the continental margin of Antarctica since 1976 by scientific research programs of Australia, Brazil, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, United Kingdom, United States, U.S.S.R. and West Germany. Although scientific results are reported for most of these data, they also are relevant to petroleum resource assessment. Because of the one or two orders of magnitude greater cost of standard land survey techniques in Antarctica compared with marine techniques in areas of open water, there will likely be no great amount of coverage on the interior of the Antarctic ice sheet. Despite this, several countries are experimenting in a research mode using land systems, and deep crustal reflection surveys at carefully selected interior sites will probably be made soon.
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Antarctica as an Exploration Frontier—Hydrocarbon Potential, Geology, and Hazards
The 10 papers contained in this publication are oriented toward the hydrocarbon potential of Antarctica. Contents include regional seismic surveys involving tectonic and stratigraphic interpretations extending from the Adelie Coast margin, over the Ross Sea and Bellingshausen Sea, throughthe Bransfield Straight and along the northern Antarctic Peninsula. Mesozoic sedimentary basins are compared in detail, and a tectonic synthesis of Antarctica and the surrounding southern seas is presented.