The area east of the Gran Sasso Chain in central Italy has been explored in detail because it holds a hydrocarbon field (Cellino Field), located in the Lower Pliocene foredeep turbidites of the Cellino Formation. Correlation has been made between the hydrocarbon-bearing sedimentary bodies and the same stratigraphic intervals cropping out only few kilometres to the west. The area, thus, offers a rare example where comparison can be made between lithofacies – observed in the field, electrofacies – displayed by the electric logs of the wells, and seismofacies – revealed by seismic survey.

This surface–subsurface integrated study of the Cellino Formation has revealed the presence of different turbiditic facies associations, their related electrical expressions and the possibility of a seismostratigraphic subdivision of the unit. These correlations exemplify the different resolution of these three complementary methods of investigation.

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