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Kinematic evolution and strain simulation, based on cross-section restoration, of the Maiella Mountain: an analogue for oil fields in the Apennines (Italy)

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Massimiliano Masini
Massimiliano Masini
YPF S.A.,Desarrollo Area MalargüeUNAO, Av. España 955, Mendoza 5500,Argentina
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Sabina Bigi
Sabina Bigi
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra,Sapienza Università di RomaP. le A Moro 5, 00183 Roma,Italy
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Josep Poblet
Josep Poblet
Departamento de Geología,Universidad de OviedoC/Jesús Arias de Velasco s/n, 33005 Oviedo,Spain
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Mayte Bulnes
Mayte Bulnes
Departamento de Geología,Universidad de OviedoC/Jesús Arias de Velasco s/n, 33005 Oviedo,Spain
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Raffaele Di Cuia
Raffaele Di Cuia
G.E. Plan ConsultingVia Borgo dei Leoni 132, 44121 Ferrara (FE),Italy
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Davide Casabianca
Davide Casabianca
BP Exploration UKDyce, Aberdeen, AB21 7 PB,UKPresent address: Marathon International Petroleum (GB) LtdMarathon House, Rubislaw Hill, Anderson Drive, Aberdeen AB15 6FZ,UK
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Published:
January 01, 2011

Abstract

Deformation predictive methods are useful for structural analysis from the scientific and industry point of view. We apply a strain simulation technique based on the inclusion of graphical strain markers in a cross;-section, and subsequent cross-section restoration and numerical processing of strain markers, to the seismic-scale Maiella Mountain anticline (Central Apennines, Italy) considered a carbonate reservoir analogue for Apennines oil fields. The procedure followed involves field mapping and structural data collection, construction of cross-sections, sequential cross-section restoration, and application of the strain simulation technique. The cross-sections presented were constructed adopting one of the various structural interpretations proposed for this structure by different authors. According to this interpretation the Maiella Mountain structure resulted from Messinian–Early Pliocene extension and subsequent Late Pliocene shortening. According to our structural model the Maiella structure is a break-thrust fold and the comparison between the present-day and the restored cross-sections yields 1.3–4.6% of extension associated with two main normal faults and 21.5–22.1% and 2.5–3.4% of shortening due to a major thrust and folding respectively. The simulation of deformation distribution shows high deformation intensity in both limbs and low deformation in the anticline crest and part of the thrust footwall.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

Kinematic Evolution and Structural Styles of Fold-and-Thrust Belts

J. Poblet
J. Poblet
Universidad de Oviedo, Spain
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R. J. Lisle
R. J. Lisle
Cardiff University, UK
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Geological Society of London
Volume
349
ISBN electronic:
9781862395978
Publication date:
January 01, 2011

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