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Turbidity Current Sediment Waves in Subsurface Sequences

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Russell B. Wynn
Russell B. Wynn
Southampton Oceanography Centre, Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom
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Douglas G. Masson
Douglas G. Masson
Southampton Oceanography Centre, Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom
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Dorrik A. V. Stow
Dorrik A. V. Stow
Southampton Oceanography Centre, Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom
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Phillip P. E. Weaver
Phillip P. E. Weaver
Southampton Oceanography Centre, Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom
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Published:
January 01, 2000

Abstract

Two sediment wave fields on the submarine slopes of the Canary Islands display wave heights up to 70 m and wavelengths up to 2.4 km. Wave sediments consist of fine-grained turbidites and pelagic/hemipelagic sediments. The sediment waves are formed beneath unconfined turbidity currents, and are similar to sediment waves found on channel-levee back-slopes.

Sediment wave morphology is resolvable on high-resolution seismic profiles. In areas lacking high-resolution seismic data, analysis of dipmeter readings may provide a useful tool for recognizing buried sequences of migrating waves. Thick sequences of sediment waves will impart a marked heterogeneity to a potential reservoir, leading to complications during reservoir production.

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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
Volume
72
ISBN electronic:
9781629812625
Publication date:
January 01, 2000

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