The North Sea Basin has turned out to be a magnificent natural laboratory for studying the diagenesis of siliciclastic sediments. Today it is at the forefront of research which is the result of the successful collaboration between the oil industry and academia. The seeds of this success were simple. The enormous cost of hydrocarbon exploration and production in the North Sea encouraged the industry to seek urgently advances in many of their procedures including the prediction of reservoir quality and the techniques for measuring it. What better places are there than universities to generate original and unpredictable ideas and solutions...

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