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New insights into salt tectonics in the northern Dutch offshore; a framework for hydrocarbon exploration

Matthijs van Winden, Jan de Jager, Bastiaan Jaarsma and Renaud Bouroullec
New insights into salt tectonics in the northern Dutch offshore; a framework for hydrocarbon exploration (in Mesozoic resource potential in the Southern Permian Basin, B. Kilhams (editor), P. A. Kukla (editor), S. Mazur (editor), T. McKie (editor), H. F. Mijnlieff (editor) and K. van Ojik (editor))
Special Publication - Geological Society of London (January 2018) 469 (1): 99-117

Abstract

The northern Dutch offshore is an area that has seen less hydrocarbon exploration activity than other areas of The Netherlands. Acquisition of a new regional 3D seismic dataset allowed further testing and re-evaluation of established geological concepts in this area. It is recognized that the presence and movement of Upper Permian Zechstein evaporites had a major impact on depositional patterns in Mesozoic sediments, structural development and hydrocarbon migration. As such, this study looks specifically at the role of salt tectonics in tectonosedimentary development. To assess this salt tectonic evolution within its structural context, a restoration of the Step Graben and Dutch Central Graben was performed. It follows that depositional patterns are closely linked to the nature of salt structure movement and the timing of regional tectonism. For example, during Late Triassic rifting, salt pillows developed and sedimentation focused away from salt structures into depocentres along regional fault trends. Restoration results show that this interplay between salt movement and tectonism is needed to accommodate the sedimentation patterns associated with the formation of the Step Graben and Central Graben during the Triassic and Jurassic, and later during Late Cretaceous and Cenozoic inversion tectonics.


ISSN: 0305-8719
Coden: GSLSBW
Serial Title: Special Publication - Geological Society of London
Serial Volume: 469
Serial Issue: 1
Title: New insights into salt tectonics in the northern Dutch offshore; a framework for hydrocarbon exploration
Title: Mesozoic resource potential in the Southern Permian Basin
Author(s): van Winden, Matthijsde Jager, JanJaarsma, BastiaanBouroullec, Renaud
Author(s): Kilhams, B.editor
Author(s): Kukla, P. A.editor
Author(s): Mazur, S.editor
Author(s): McKie, T.editor
Author(s): Mijnlieff, H. F.editor
Author(s): van Ojik, K.editor
Affiliation: Utrecht University, Department of Earth Sciences, Utrecht, Netherlands
Pages: 99-117
Published: 20180129
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of London, London, United Kingdom
References: 90
Accession Number: 2018-039873
Categories: Structural geologyEconomic geology, geology of energy sources
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. sects., 2 tables, geol. sketch map
N54°00'00" - N55°00'00", E03°00'00" - E06°00'00"
Secondary Affiliation: Energie Beheer Nederland, NLD, NetherlandsToegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek, NLD, Netherlands
Source Note: Online First
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2019, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from The Geological Society, London, London, United Kingdom
Update Code: 201821
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