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Seismic expression of salt tectonics in the Sab'atayn Basin, onshore Yemen

Gabor Tari, Rudi Dellmour, Emma Rodgers, Shaista Sultan, Abdo Al Atabi, Farrukh Daud and Adel Salman
Seismic expression of salt tectonics in the Sab'atayn Basin, onshore Yemen (in Salt tectonics and interpretation, Mark G. Rowan (prefacer), Thomas E. Hearon (prefacer), Francis J. Peel (prefacer), Simon A. Stewart (prefacer), Oriol Ferrer (prefacer), J. Carl Fiduk (prefacer), Steve Holdaway (prefacer), Webster U. Mohriak (prefacer), Van Mount (prefacer), David G. Quirk (prefacer) and Tim Seeley (prefacer))
Interpretation (Tulsa) (November 2014) 2 (4): SM91-SM100


A variety of distinct salt tectonic features are present in the Sab'atayn Basin of western Yemen. Based on the interpretation of 2D/3D seismic data and exploration wells in the central part of the basin, an Upper Jurassic evaporite unit produced numerous salt rollers, salt pillows, reactive, flip-flop, and falling diapirs. Halokinetics began as soon as the early Cretaceous, within just a few million years after the deposition of the Tithonian Sab'atayn evaporite sequence. The significant proportions of nonevaporite lithologies within the "salt" made the seismic interpretation of the salt features challenging. The evaporite sequence had been described by most as a syn-rift unit and therefore a strong correlation was assumed between the subsalt syn-rift basement architecture and the overlying diapirs and other salt-related features. However, seismic reflection and well data revealed a nonsystematic relationship between the salt diapirs and the subsalt basement highs. This observation has very important implications for the subsalt fractured basement play in the Sab'atayn Basin.

ISSN: 2324-8858
EISSN: 2324-8866
Serial Title: Interpretation (Tulsa)
Serial Volume: 2
Serial Issue: 4
Title: Seismic expression of salt tectonics in the Sab'atayn Basin, onshore Yemen
Title: Salt tectonics and interpretation
Author(s): Tari, GaborDellmour, RudiRodgers, EmmaSultan, ShaistaAl Atabi, AbdoDaud, FarrukhSalman, Adel
Author(s): Rowan, Mark G.prefacer
Author(s): Hearon, Thomas E., IVprefacer
Author(s): Peel, Francis J.prefacer
Author(s): Stewart, Simon A.prefacer
Author(s): Ferrer, Oriolprefacer
Author(s): Fiduk, J. Carlprefacer
Author(s): Holdaway, Steveprefacer
Author(s): Mohriak, Webster U.prefacer
Author(s): Mount, Vanprefacer
Author(s): Quirk, David G.prefacer
Author(s): Seeley, Timprefacer
Affiliation: OMV Exploration and Production, Austria
Affiliation: Rowan Consulting, Boulder, CO, United States
Pages: SM91-SM100
Published: 20141101
Text Language: English
Publisher: Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
References: 27
Accession Number: 2015-007658
Categories: Structural geologyApplied geophysics
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: chart, sects., sketch maps
N14°00'00" - N16°00'00", E45°30'00" - E48°00'00"
Secondary Affiliation: ConocoPhillips, USA, United StatesNational Oceanography Centre, GBR, United KingdomSaudi Aramco, SAU, Saudi ArabiaRoyal Holloway University of London, GBR, United KingdomSchlumberger, USA, United StatesChevron, USA, United StatesUniversidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, BRA, BrazilAnadarko, USA, United StatesMaersk, DNK, DenmarkHess, USA, United StatesOMV Yemen, ARE, United Arab Emirates
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States. Reference includes data supplied by Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
Update Code: 201504
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