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Confined turbidite systems

Simon A. Lomas
Simon A. Lomas
Baker Atlas Geoscience, Stoneywood Park North, Aberdeen AB21 7EA, UK
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Philippe Joseph
Philippe Joseph
IFP School/Geology-Geochemistry Division, Institut Français du Pétrole, 228–232, avenue Napoleon Bonaparte, 92852 Rueil Malmaison Cedex, France
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January 01, 2004


Deep-water sedimentation is currently a major focus of both academic research and industrial interest. Recent studies have emphasized the fundamental influence of seafloor topography on the growth and morphology of submarine ‘fans’: in many turbidite systems and turbidite hydrocarbon reservoirs, depositional system development has been moderately to strongly confined by pre-existing bounding slopes. This publication examines aspects of sediment dispersal and accumulation in deepwater systems where basin-floor topography has profoundly affected deposition, and the associated controls on hydrocarbon reservoir architecture and heterogeneity. The papers herein offer a global perspective which is wide-ranging in terms of both approach and location, including contrasting case studies of outcrop, subsurface, modern and experimental systems.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

Confined Turbidite Systems

S. A. Lomas
S. A. Lomas
Baker Atlas Geoscience, UK
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P. Joseph
P. Joseph
Institut Français du Petrole, France
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Geological Society of London
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January 01, 2004




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