Three-dimensional geometry and displacement configuration of a fault array from a raft system, Lower Congo Basin, Offshore Angola: implications for the Neogene turbidite play
David M. Dutton, Dustin Lister, Bruce D. Trudgill, Kapela Pedro, 2004. "Three-dimensional geometry and displacement configuration of a fault array from a raft system, Lower Congo Basin, Offshore Angola: implications for the Neogene turbidite play", 3D Seismic Technology: Application to the Exploration of Sedimentary Basins, Richard J. Davies, Joseph A. Cartwright, Simon A. Stewart, Mark Lappin, John R. Underhill
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We investigate fault growth and linkage during development of a rafted terrain in the Lower Congo Basin, offshore Angola. Miocene thin-skinned extension has led to the development of isolated raft blocks separated by a graben filled with syn-deformational strata. Angular unconformities together with thinning and onlapping of intra-raft strata onto salt bodies suggest that thick salt was mobile during thin-skinned extension. 3D fault array geometries and displacement patterns record the subsequent deformation history of the graben during further thin-skinned extension. The mode of thin-skinned extension has important consequences for the Neogene turbidite hydrocarbon play associated with the rafted province of the Lower Congo Basin. The presence of thick mobile salt will influence pre-salt source rock maturation and the development of pre-salt/post-salt hydrocarbon migration windows.