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During the past two decades, petroleum exploration has moved into frontier basins both onshore and offshore. Prospects in these basins have become increasingly deeper and often consist of potential deep-water reservoirs, in addition to more conventional shallow marine clastic and carbonate reservoir facies. By definition, frontier basins lack sufficient well control to permit conventional subsurface facies analysis and mapping. Consequently, the explorationist must extract maximum subsurface information from seismic reflection profiles. Without stratigraphic interpretation of frontier basins, exploration is limited to structural anomalies drilled without benefit of reservoir source or seal discrimination. Hence, concepts and techniques of seismic stratigraphic interpretation have developed to meet this need.

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