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Abstract

The Moroccan salt basin appears to be very unique in the sense that it is not sedimentary loading but tectonic inversion which appears to drive the latest stages of salt-related deformation in the central part of the basin. The gravity potential to maintain salt tectonics is provided by the differential uplift of the Atlas Mountains, located adjacent and striking almost perpendicular to the margin.

Along the offshore part of the Moroccan salt basin there are many play types, most of them related to the Triassic syn-rift salt. Toe-thrust anticlines at the basinwards edge of the salt basin form very large structures. Traps associated with salt tongues and diapirs define a more ‘classical’ salt-flank play. Numerous salt tongues, sheets and canopy complexes provide for a ‘Gulf of Mexico-style’ subsalt play. Despite the numerous untested play types, there have been only four deep-water exploration wells drilled in the entire Moroccan salt basin, none of them having subsalt penetrations.

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