Northside: Geologic Evolution of the Atlantic Margin Basin and Challenges Associated with Drilling....
At the end of the Permian Period over 250 million years ago, the supercontinent of Pangea began to be rifted into the smaller continents we are familiar with today forming the Gulf of Mexico and then the greater Atlantic Ocean basin. This talk briefly discusses the geologic evolution and formation of major salt basins (both layered evaporate complexes and massive halite deposits) along the Atlantic Basin Margin (Gulf of Mexico, Angola/Gabon, and Brazil), and describes several of the key challenges created by massive and layered salt including seismic illumination below and within salt, drilling into, through and out of salt (inclusions, rubble zones, feeders, etc.), and in exploring for prospects below the salt. This talk also reviews several of the key exploration challenges posed by shallow hazards in deep water, including shallow water flows, gas hydrates, pockmarks and other surface features that indicate subsurface instability.
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