The revolution in the stratigraphic sciences has impacted all aspects of petroleum exploration and development. It is now possible to reconstruct depositional history on a scale of tens to a few hundreds of thousands of years. Depositional systems and sequences can be recognized from seismic reflection patterns, log patterns, and biologic evolutionary sequences. The Recent is now truly the basis for understanding paleogeography, depositional patterns, reservoir geometries, and attributes.

Not only is it possible to predict patterns of physical sedimentary attributes, but the relationship of structural and depositional histories can now be modeled. The interrelationship of basinal history, subsidence, depositional...

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