Abstract

The Rocky Mountain hydrocarbon province accounts for a large percentage of the natural gas reserves of North America. However, oil and gas exploration and development in this region has been challenging due to high topography and rough terrain for acquiring seismic data combined with structural complexity, which includes large thrust faults and high-relief, basement-induced structures. The challenge demands “premium grade” data processing to properly image steeply dipping reflectors in a turbulent velocity field. If this is not enough, then fill in the sinking basins with a tapestry of interwoven stratigraphic variety that changes within each of the mountain-framed Laramide basins. The result is a delicious cakewalk through marbled layers of richly charged hydrocarbon traps all wishing to be revealed by seismic images.

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