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Interpreting Turbidite Systems with 2-D and 3-D Seismic Data: An Overview

Paul Weimer
Paul Weimer
Energy and Minerals Applied Research Center, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.
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January 01, 2000


A significant portion of the geologic community’s understanding of tur-bidite systems is derived from the interpretation of 2-D and 3-D seismic data. The images generated from 3-D seismic data, in particular, have caused the re-examination and reinterpretation of deep-water sedimentary processes. In the future, the integration of 3-D seismic data with other data sets and technologies will continue to increase our understanding these systems, and specifically for improved reservoir management in turbidite reservoirs. Some of the new areas of investigation will include: increased study of modern fans and intraslope turbidite systems by integrating multiple data sets (deep cores, sidscan images) with 3-D data; the use of 4-D seismic and reservoir monitoring; repeat 3-D seismic surveys integrated with reservoir simulation; time lapse, multicomponent (4-D, 3-D); artificial intelligence, viz, neutral networks for more accurate lithologic prediction; and the use of large-scale visualization rooms in enhancing interpretation.

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AAPG Memoir

Fine-Grained Turbidite Systems

Arnold H. Bouma
Arnold H. Bouma
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Charles G. Stone
Charles G. Stone
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American Association of Petroleum Geologists
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January 01, 2000




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