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  1. Stratigraphic architecture and evolution of the continental slope system in offshore Hainan, northern South China Sea

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    Müller, Dietmar

    of continental margins constrain the features of the continental shelf-slope system (Einsele, 2000). Two distinctStratigraphic architecture and evolution of the continental slope system in offshore Hainan the evolution of the stratigraphic architecture of two siliciclastic northern South China Sea continental slope

  2. Sequence stratigraphic framework of Neogene strata in offshore Nigeria

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    Pacht, J.A.; Bowen, B.E.; Hall, D.J.

    1996-08-01

    The western portion of the Nigerian continental margin (Dahomey Basin) exhibits stable to moderately unstable progradation. Systems tracts are similar to those described by Vail for stable progradational margins. In contrast, strata off the central and eastern portions of the Nigerian coast (Niger Delta Complex) exhibit highly unstable progradation, and systems tracts are similar to those in Neogene strata of the offshore Gulf of Mexico. Lowstand basin floor fans in both areas are defined by a well-developed upper reflection. This reflection downlaps along the sequence boundary or abuts against the downthrown side of a growth fault surface. Most lower lowstand (slope fan) strata exhibit discontinuous to semi-continuous subparallel reflections. However, this systems tract also contains channel complexes characterized by chaotic bedding with small bright spots and less common large channels, which exhibit concave-upward reflections. In the western portion of the study area, lower lowstand deposits commonly pinch out on the slope. Deposition occurred largely from point sources. In contrast, contemporaneous shallow-water facies are developed in lower lowstand systems tracts in the Niger Delta Complex. Deposition occurred along a line source. Large amplitude anomalies in the upper lowstand (prograding wedge) suggest well-developed sheet sands occur in shallow-water and deep-water in the Niger Delta complex. However, in the Dahomey Basin there is little evidence of deep-water sands in this interval. The transgressive and highstand systems tracts are usually very thin in outer shelf to basin floor strata in both areas. Both the Dahomey Basin and Niger Delta Complex exhibit different stratigraphic geometries, and therefore, require different exploration strategies.

  3. Sedimentary fill and stratigraphic traps of Porcupine basin, offshore Ireland

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    Macurda, D.B. Jr.

    1986-05-01

    The Porcupine basin, off the southwest coast of Ireland, is a triangular north-south re-entrant into the present-day continental shelf. This aulacogen was formed in the Jurassic during the opening of the North Atlantic. A seismic stratigraphic investigation of the southern part of the basin has shown the complex evolution of the sedimentary fill from shallow to deep water facies, resulting in several stratigraphic traps. The central axis of the basin is dominated by a volcanic ridge. Part of the early sedimentary fill was intermittently covered by volcanic flows. The final stage of thin initial siliciclastic infill was the development of an extensive alluvial fan or fan-delta complex along the eastern basin margin. Aerially extensive carbonate sedimentation occurred during the Cretaceous, including a north-south reef tract more than 20 km wide in the eastern part of the basin. Increased subsidence resulted in the deposition of deep water siliciclastics in the Tertiary. The most prominent of these is a series of lower Tertiary submarine fans that were sourced from the western, northern, and eastern margins of the aulacogen. The early portions of the fans correlate well basin-wide; their later history is much more complex, with younger lobes up to 25 km wide developing south of their precursors. Subsequent onlap fill deposits provide an excellent seal. Sedimentation in the late Tertiary has included both high-energy and low-energy deep water deposits. The complex fill of the aulacogen has set up several stratigraphic plays, including carbonate reefs, alluvial fans of fan deltas, and submarine fans. Seismic amplitude anomalies in the latter suggest the heat flow has been sufficient to generate hydrocarbons to fill some of the traps.

  4. Numeric stratigraphic modeling: Testing sequence Numeric stratigraphic modeling: Testing sequence stratigraphic concepts using high resolution geologic examples

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    Armentrout, J.M.; Smith-Rouch, L.S.; Bowman, S.A.

    1996-08-01

    Numeric simulations based on integrated data sets enhance our understanding of depositional geometry and facilitate quantification of depositional processes. Numeric values tested against well-constrained geologic data sets can then be used in iterations testing each variable, and in predicting lithofacies distributions under various depositional scenarios using the principles of sequence stratigraphic analysis. The stratigraphic modeling software provides a broad spectrum of techniques for modeling and testing elements of the petroleum system. Using well-constrained geologic examples, variations in depositional geometry and lithofacies distributions between different tectonic settings (passive vs. active margin) and climate regimes (hothouse vs. icehouse) can provide insight to potential source rock and reservoir rock distribution, maturation timing, migration pathways, and trap formation. Two data sets are used to illustrate such variations: both include a seismic reflection profile calibrated by multiple wells. The first is a Pennsylvanian mixed carbonate-siliciclastic system in the Paradox basin, and the second a Pliocene-Pleistocene siliciclastic system in the Gulf of Mexico. Numeric simulations result in geometry and facies distributions consistent with those interpreted using the integrated stratigraphic analysis of the calibrated seismic profiles. An exception occurs in the Gulf of Mexico study where the simulated sediment thickness from 3.8 to 1.6 Ma within an upper slope minibasin was less than that mapped using a regional seismic grid. Regional depositional patterns demonstrate that this extra thickness was probably sourced from out of the plane of the modeled transect, illustrating the necessity for three-dimensional constraints on two-dimensional modeling.

  5. Structural and stratigraphic evolution of the East Georges Bank Basin, offshore Nova Scotia, Canada

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    Carswell, A.B. ); Koning, T. ); Hibbs, D.C. )

    1990-05-01

    The East Georges Bank Basin is located offshore Nova Scotia on the southeastern Canadian continental shelf. The basin covers 2.5 million ac and is one of the last undrilled basins in North America. The geological interpretation is almost entirely based on 16,000 km of seismic data over the basin. Pertinent well control is limited to 10 wells on the US portion of the Georges Bank (West Georges Bank Basin) and two wells on the Scotian shelf. Seismic-stratigraphic analysis of this data has led to a structural and stratigraphic model for the basin. The basin formed during the Triassic when the landmass of Pange began separating along rift zones. A prominent Paleozoic basement high, the Yarmouth Arch separated the East Georges Bank Basin from the West Georges Bank Basin and had a dominant influence on sedimentation until the Middle Jurassic. Early synrift sequences consist of lacustrine clastics and shales. Marine incursions began in the late Triassic resulting in massive salt deposits that reflect the restricted extent of the basin and the arid Triassic and Early Jurassic climate. Further continental separation during the Early Jurassic resulted in deposition of carbonates and evaporites followed by Middle Jurassic continental shelf carbonates and deltaic sands. During the Middle Jurassic, major growth faulting and halokinesis was initiated by progradation of the deltaic sands. Post Middle Jurassic continental spreading in combination with changing climatic conditions resulted in a steady decline of carbonate sedimentation and dominance of clastic deposition throughout the remaining history of the basin.

  6. Ultrasonic thickness testing of aging offshore structures 

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    Ellison, Brian Kirk

    1999-01-01

    The objectives of this thesis concern the use of ultrasonic thickness (UT) testing for use in the offshore industry. Evidence from prior studies conducted at Texas A&M University suggests that the corrosion on the surface of offshore structural...

  7. Tectono-stratigraphic analysis of the Malvinas Basin, offshore the southernmost Argentinean continental margin

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    Baristeas, N.; Anka, Z.; di Primio, R.; Rodriguez, J. F.; Marchal, D.; Dominguez, F.

    2012-04-01

    A detailed tectono-stratigraphic analysis of the Malvinas Basin development, located offshore the Argentinean margin, was carried out. This was achieved through the interpretation of around 65,000 km of 2D seismic reflection profiles, spanning a dense grid on the shelf and the upper-slope of the basin. Five main seismo-stratigraphic units and their sub-units, informally named U1 to U5 a/b, bound by major unconformities were identified and correlated with the Mesozoic to Cenozoic main tectonic phases of the basin. U1 (Pre-168 Ma) represents the seismic basement and deepens gradually southwards. U2 (168-150.5 Ma, syn rift phase) fills regional depressions, onlapping the basement, and it thickens and deepens southwards. U1 and U2 are affected by several syn-rift normal faults, which have a main NE-SW strike direction in the south of the basin and a NW-SE strike direction in the centre of the basin. This suggests that the Malvinas Basin may have been developed initially as a rift basin with two different extensional directions. (1) a NW-SE directed extension probably linked with the opening of the Weddell Sea (Early Mid-Jurassic) and (2) a NE-SW directed extension most likely linked with the opening of the South Atlantic during Mid-Jurassic to Early Cretaceous. U3 (150.5-68 Ma, sag phase) is mainly an aggradational wedge-shaped unit. Some syn-rift faults continue into the Cretaceous. Sedimentation in this unit is mainly derived from the north and during Mid-Cretaceous also from the northeast, as documented by the presence of a southwestward prograding sedimentary fan located in the northeast of the basin. U4 (68-42.5 Ma, transtensional foredeep phase) overlies unconformly U3 and thickens to the south. Sediment input decreases dramatically during that time and only a thin sedimentary succession was deposited over the entire basin. Although a regional compressional regime is established from late Cretaceous to Cenozoic due to the Andean orogenesis, an extensional regime established in the Malvinas Basin during the Paleocene to early Eocene. This period was accompanied by the development of a deep sedimentary trough in the south. Extension was possibly related to the opening of the Drake Passage or to lithospheric flexure and bending. Structures mainly consist of reactivated normal faults, strike-slip faults and some minor reverse faults. The units U5a and U5b (42.5-5.5 and 5.5-0 Ma, transpressional foredeep phase) represent a stratigraphic switch from aggradation to progradation. While on the west of the basin downlapping clinoforms prograding eastwards are present, a northward onlapping wedge is identified in the deeper southern part of the basin. During this time, the sediment supply was considerably higher. The entire basin was filled and the depocenter migrated southeastwards. The tectonic regime changed to compression and later during the Oligocene to transpression, developing a major sinistral transpressional fault in the south of the basin. In summary, the basin developed initially as a Mesozoic rift basin which switches to a foreland basin with a sinistral wrench component and increased sediment input in the south during the Cenozoic.

  8. Revisiting the Tectono-Stratigraphic Evolution of the Eastern Mediterranean Offshore Levant and Nile Delta

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    Al-Balushi, Abdulaziz; Fraser, Alastair; A-L Jackson, Christopher; Bell, Rebecca; Kusznir, Nick

    2015-04-01

    Although the Eastern Mediterranean has become the focus for increased oil and gas exploration following significant discoveries in the pre-Messinian succession offshore Egypt and the Levant Margin, understanding its tectono-stratigraphic evolution is the first and most important step towards building reliable geological models that underpin petroleum play assessment. The Eastern Mediterranean Basin has evolved through a complex and poorly understood tectonic history. Disagreement within the scientific community relates to the age of rifting, the orientation of the crustal stretching direction and the type of crust underlying the Levant Basin and, by proxy, the magnitude of stretching. We present, for the first time, an interpretation of deep (i.e. 12-20 sec TWT) regional 2D seismic lines covering the entire Levant Basin. We have interpreted nine seismic surfaces (from top basement to seabed) from which depth and isopach maps for key surfaces and intervals have been generated. To constrain the rifting age, we have used a reverse subsidence modelling technique and restored the Middle Jurassic and the Late Cretaceous basin geometry along a NW-trending seismic profile from the Levant Basin. The restorations, for a specific rifting age, that meet geological constraints on water depth that are obtained from well data and seismic stratigraphy, are considered as viable solutions. The type of crust that underlies the Levant Margin has been inferred from the magnitude of the lithospheric stretching derived from gravity inversion and crustal thinning. Our interpretation of top basement and the Middle Jurassic depth-structure maps suggests that rifting in the Levant Basin led to the development of two main depocentres; in the northern Levant and the southern Levant, in the vicinity of the Nile Delta. These depocentres are separated by a series of NE-trending, fault- bound structural highs (i.e. Jonah and Leviathan). The orientation of the faults suggests they formed in response to NW-SE extension, which is further supported by the observation of a NW-SE-striking transform fault along the north-western Egyptian Margin. Reverse subsidence modelling indicates that rifting ages between 200 Ma and 176 Ma are required to restore the Middle Jurassic and the Upper Cretaceous surfaces to match the geological constraints on Middle Jurassic and Late Cretaceous palaeo-water depths. This predicted rifting age is in partial agreement with the rifting ages proposed by Gardosh et al. (2010) and Longacre et al. (2007) models. However, it disagrees with the rifting ages proposed by other models (i.e. Dercourt et al., 1986; Stampfli et al., 1991; Robertson, 1998; Garfunkel, 1998,2004). High values of lithospheric stretching (Beta > 5) are predicted by gravity inversion and crustal thinning in northern Levant which suggests that sea floor spreading is very likely to have occurred following rifting. We believe that a remnant of the Neo-Tethys Ocean is preserved because of the collision of the continental Eratosthenes Seamount with the Cyprus Arc, which locked up the subduction process.

  9. High resolution sequence stratigraphic and reservoir characterization studies of D-07, D-08 and E-01 sands, Block 2 Meren field, offshore Niger Delta 

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    Esan, Adegbenga Oluwafemi

    2004-09-30

    -01 to D-07 sands ...72 29 Dip-oriented stratigraphic cross-section of the E-01 to D-07 sands .......73 30 (A) Core porosity vs. permeability plot as a function of lithofacies in the E-01 interval. (B) Core porosity vs. permeability plot... SEQUENCE STRATIGRAPHIC AND RESERVOIR CHARACTERIZATION STUDIES OF D-07, D-08 AND E-01 SANDS, BLOCK 2 MEREN FIELD, OFFSHORE NIGER DELTA A Thesis by ADEGBENGA OLUWAFEMI ESAN Submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies of Texas A&M University...

  10. The Role of Sequence Stratigraphic Analysis in the Messinian crisis at Baltim Area, Off-Shore Nile Delta, Egypt

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    Nasr El-Deen Badawy, A. M.; Abu El-Ata, A. S.; El-Gendy, N. H.

    2013-12-01

    The Egyptian Nile Delta has recognized over the different human civilizations, as the source of life/ basket of wheat. In the recent time, the Nile Delta revealed another hidden treasure that hidden below the Mediterranean Sea within its sediments. This treasure reflects a number of giant gas reservoirs that require only the suitable technology and the assured ideas to commence injecting gas into the industrial veins of the growing Egyptian economy. The current study is aiming to discuss the Messinian Prospectivity of the concerned area, which is located in the offshore of the Nile Delta, about 25 Km from the Mediterranean Sea shoreline. An integrated exploration approach applied for a selected area, using a variety of subsurface borehole geologic and log data of the selected wells distributed in the study area, as well as biostratigraphic data. The well data comprise well markers, and electric logs (e.g. gamma ray, density, neutron and sonic logs), where the geological data represented by litho-stratigraphic information, as well as ditch samples analysis of the studied interval. Biostratigraphic data include biozones, benthonic to planktonic ratios, nannofossils and foraminiferal data. Different methods and techniques were applied by using different softwares such as Petrel and Interactive petrophysical software. Four missing times were identified intra-Pleistocene, Late Pliocene, Late Pliocene-Early Pliocene and Messinian. It has concluded that, the depositional environments ranged from shallow marine to middle nerritic and may reach upper bathyal toward the northern part of the study area. The top of Abu Madi Formation dated with the calcareous nannofossils zone NN12a, while the base dated with NN11c, and its age varied from 5.2 Ma to 5.7 Ma. The maximum flooding surface is dated with the calcareous nannofossils zone NN13 and the planktonic foraminiferal zone SN18 at 5 Ma (the acme presence of the Sphaeroidinellopsis sp.). From the utility of wireline logs for sequence stratigraphy using the different log tools for lithological interpretation and their impact upon the reflection characteristics and sequence stratigraphic interpretation, it is concluded the parasequence sets, system tracts, surface boundaries and their distribution within each well and their control on the sand distribution within each formation. In the present work, the Late Miocene (Messinian) and the Early Pliocene (Zanclian) pay-zones are the only rock units, that have integrated wireline logs approach, so it can be divided into 4 sequences; UM-1, UM-2A, UM-2B and LZ-1.

  11. Sequence Stratigraphic Analysis for Delineating the Sedimentation Characteristic and Modeling of Nidoco Area, Off-Shore Nile Delta, Egypt

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    Nasr El Deen, Ahmed; Abu El-Ata, Ahmed; El-Gendy, Nader

    2014-05-01

    The Egyptian Nile Delta has recognized over the different human civilizations, as the source of life/ basket of wheat. In the recent time, the Nile Delta revealed another hidden treasure that hidden below the Mediterranean Sea within its sediments. This treasure reflects a number of giant gas reservoirs that require only the suitable technology and the assured ideas to commence injecting gas into the industrial veins of the growing Egyptian economy. The current study is aiming to discuss the Messinian Prospectivity of the concerned area, which is located in the offshore of the Nile Delta, about 25 Km from the Mediterranean Sea shoreline. An integrated exploration approach applied for a selected area, using a variety of subsurface borehole geologic and log data of the selected wells distributed in the study area, as well as biostratigraphic data. The well data comprise well markers, and electric logs (e.g. gamma ray, density, neutron and sonic logs), where the geological data represented by litho-stratigraphic information, as well as ditch samples analysis of the studied interval. Biostratigraphic data include biozones, benthonic to planktonic ratios, nannofossils and foraminiferal data. Different methods and techniques were applied by using different softwares such as Petrel and Interactive petrophysical software. Four missing times were identified intra-Pleistocene, Late Pliocene, Late Pliocene-Early Pliocene and Messinian. It has concluded that, the depositional environments ranged from shallow marine to middle nerritic and may reach upper bathyal toward the northern part of the study area. The top of Abu Madi Formation dated with the calcareous nannofossils zone NN12a, while the base dated with NN11c, and its age varied from 5.2 Ma to 5.7 Ma. The maximum flooding surface is dated with the calcareous nannofossils zone NN13 and the planktonic foraminiferal zone SN18 at 5 Ma (the acme presence of the Sphaeroidinellopsis sp.). From the utility of wireline logs for sequence stratigraphy using the different log tools for lithological interpretation and their impact upon the reflection characteristics and sequence stratigraphic interpretation, it is concluded the parasequence sets, system tracts, surface boundaries and their distribution within each well and their control on the sand distribution within each formation. In the present work, the Late Miocene (Messinian) and the Early Pliocene (Zanclian) pay-zones are the only rock units, that have integrated wireline logs approach, so it can be divided into 4 sequences; UM-1, UM-2A, UM-2B and LZ-1.

  12. Quantitative seismic attribute analysis using artificial neural networks and seismic stratigraphic interpretation of lower to middle Miocene sediments offshore New Jersey

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    Karakaya, Sarp

    This study comprises two parts intended to improve understanding of the lower and middle Miocene depositional history of the New Jersey continental shelf. The first, lower Miocene-based part, aims to determine lateral variations in lithofacies between holes drilled by IODP Expedition 313 using seismic attributes and artificial neural networks. The second provides detailed seismic sequence stratigraphy of mid-Miocene successions. Neural networks are used in the first part to search for a relationship between seismic attributes and gamma log measurements of the lower Miocene section. Using this relationship, the networks generate 'pseudo gamma logs' that predict lateral changes in lithofacies based on accompanying changes in seismic attributes. A successful test of the technique is demonstrated using 3D seismic data and 6 closely-spaced gamma ray logs from the Denver Basin. A similar application to lower Miocene successions offshore NJ is unsuccessful, most likely due to an insufficient number of wells, complexity of lithofacies variations between wells up to 12 km apart, and/or an incorrect selection of attributes. In the second part, candidate sequence boundaries are identified in a grid of high-resolution, densely spaced profiles. In addition to a more detailed history than derived from prior studies, this part reveals previously unreported records of sediment erosion and possible global climate influence on the middle Miocene stratigraphic evolution offshore New Jersey. Eleven candidate sequence boundaries, three not documented by previous studies, are identified. System tract positions of each sequence are determined, while only one transgressive system tract and no lowstand fans are observed. Age estimates based on published studies show that the 11 mid Miocene sequences reported here span the interval between ˜11.8-12.9 Ma, suggesting an average interval between each of 100 kyr. Clinoform rollovers prograded SE during the development of the oldest sequence of the study area beginning at a time that coincides with a major shift in ?18O towards heavier values (represented by Mi4) and at about the time of the permanent East Antarctic ice sheet development. Grain size distribution of the prograding clinoforms is predicted by extrapolating IODP Expedition 313’s lithostratigraphic analysis of lower Miocene succession.

  13. Selected stratigraphic data for drill holes located in Frenchman Flat, Nevada Test Site. Rev. 1

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    Drellack, S.L. Jr.

    1997-02-01

    Stratigraphic data are presented in tabular form for 72 holes drilled in Frenchman Flat, Nevada Test Site, between 1950 and 1993. Three pairs of data presentations are included for each hole: depth to formation tops, formation thicknesses, and formation elevations are presented in both field (English) and metric units. Also included for each hole, where available, are various construction data (hole depth, hole diameter, surface location coordinates) and certain information of hydrogeologic significance (depth to water level, top of zeolitization). The event name is given for holes associated with a particular nuclear test. An extensive set of footnotes is included, which indicates data sources and provides other information. The body of the report describes the stratigraphic setting of Frenchman Flat, gives drill-hole naming conventions and database terminology, and provides other background and reference material.

  14. Gas production from a cold, stratigraphically-bounded gas hydrate deposit at the Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well, Alaska North Slope: Implications of uncertainties

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    Moridis, G.J.; Silpngarmlert, S.; Reagan, M.T.; Collett, T.; Zhang, K.

    2011-01-01

    As part of an effort to identify suitable targets for a planned long-term field test, we investigate by means of numerical simulation the gas production potential from unit D, a stratigraphically bounded (Class 3) permafrost-associated hydrate occurrence penetrated in the BPXA-DOE-USGS Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well on North Slope, Alaska. This shallow, low-pressure deposit has high porosities (?? = 0.4), high intrinsic permeabilities (k = 10-12 m2) and high hydrate saturations (SH = 0.65). It has a low temperature (T = 2.3-2.6 ??C) because of its proximity to the overlying permafrost. The simulation results indicate that vertical wells operating at a constant bottomhole pressure would produce at very low rates for a very long period. Horizontal wells increase gas production by almost two orders of magnitude, but production remains low. Sensitivity analysis indicates that the initial deposit temperature is by the far the most important factor determining production performance (and the most effective criterion for target selection) because it controls the sensible heat available to fuel dissociation. Thus, a 1 ??C increase in temperature is sufficient to increase the production rate by a factor of almost 8. Production also increases with a decreasing hydrate saturation (because of a larger effective permeability for a given k), and is favored (to a lesser extent) by anisotropy. ?? 2010.

  15. New insights into the tectono-stratigraphic evolution of the Malvinas Basin, offshore of the southernmost Argentinean continental margin

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    Baristeas, N.; Anka, Z.; di Primio, R.; Rodriguez, J. F.; Marchal, D.; Dominguez, F.

    2013-09-01

    A detailed tectono-stratigraphic analysis of the Malvinas Basin was achieved by the interpretation of around 65,000 km of 2D seismic reflection profiles. Five main seismo-stratigraphic units and their sub-units, informally named units U1 to U5 a/b, bound by major unconformities were identified and correlated with the Mesozoic to Cenozoic main tectonic phases of the basin. Unit U1 (Pre-168 Ma) represents the seismic basement. Unit U2 (168-150.5 Ma, syn rift phase) thickens and deepens southwards. Units U1 and U2 are affected by several syn-rift normal faults that exhibit a main NE-SW strike direction in the south of the basin and a NW-SE strike direction in the centre of the basin. This suggests that the Malvinas Basin may have developed initially as a rift basin with two different extensional directions: (1) a NW-SE directed extension probably linked with the opening of the Weddell Sea (Early Mid-Jurassic), and (2) a NE-SW directed extension most likely linked with the Jurassic back-arc extension of Gondwana and probably later with the onset of the opening of the South Atlantic during Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous time. Unit U3 (150.5-68 Ma, sag phase) is mainly an aggradational wedge-shaped unit. Unit U4 (68-42.5 Ma, transtensional foredeep phase) overlies unconformable unit U3. It deepens in the south because of an N-S/NW-SE directed extensional regime. Accumulation rates decrease during units U2, U3, and U4 from 4.84, to 1.23 to 0.8 km3/Ma × 103. Units U5a and U5b (42.5-5.5 and 5.5-0 Ma, transpressional foredeep phase) finally represent a change from aggradation to progradation sedimentary pattern and to a left-lateral transpressional regime in the south. The sediment supply was considerably higher than before and a thick sedimentary wedge has been deposited until today. Accumulations rates increased in units U5a and U5b from 2.28 to 8.91 km3/Ma × 103.

  16. Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well, Alaska North Slope: Overview of scientific and technical program

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    Hunter, R.B.; Collett, T.S.; Boswell, R.; Anderson, B.J.; Digert, S.A.; Pospisil, G.; Baker, R.; Weeks, M.

    2011-01-01

    The Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well was drilled within the Alaska North Slope (ANS) Milne Point Unit (MPU) from February 3 to 19, 2007. The well was conducted as part of a Cooperative Research Agreement (CRA) project co-sponsored since 2001 by BP Exploration (Alaska), Inc. (BPXA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to help determine whether ANS gas hydrate can become a technically and commercially viable gas resource. Early in the effort, regional reservoir characterization and reservoir simulation modeling studies indicated that up to 0.34 trillion cubic meters (tcm; 12 trillion cubic feet, tcf) gas may be technically recoverable from 0.92 tcm (33 tcf) gas-in-place within the Eileen gas hydrate accumulation near industry infrastructure within ANS MPU, Prudhoe Bay Unit (PBU), and Kuparuk River Unit (KRU) areas. To further constrain these estimates and to enable the selection of a test site for further data acquisition, the USGS reprocessed and interpreted MPU 3D seismic data provided by BPXA to delineate 14 prospects containing significant highly-saturated gas hydrate-bearing sand reservoirs. The "Mount Elbert" site was selected to drill a stratigraphic test well to acquire a full suite of wireline log, core, and formation pressure test data. Drilling results and data interpretation confirmed pre-drill predictions and thus increased confidence in both the prospect interpretation methods and in the wider ANS gas hydrate resource estimates. The interpreted data from the Mount Elbert well provide insight into and reduce uncertainty of key gas hydrate-bearing reservoir properties, enable further refinement and validation of the numerical simulation of the production potential of both MPU and broader ANS gas hydrate resources, and help determine viability of potential field sites for future extended term production testing. Drilling and data acquisition operations demonstrated that gas hydrate scientific research programs can be safely, effectively, and efficiently conducted within ANS infrastructure. The program success resulted in a technical team recommendation to project management to drill and complete a long-term production test within the area of existing ANS infrastructure. If approved by stakeholders, this long-term test would build on prior arctic research efforts to better constrain the potential gas rates and volumes that could be produced from gas hydrate-bearing sand reservoirs. ?? 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

  17. Testing Stratigraphic Integrity of Upper and Middle Paleolithic Deposits in Vindija Cave (Croatia): A Chipped Stone Refitting Analysis

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    Bruner, Kale

    2009-05-12

    -1 TESTING STRATIGRAPHIC INTEGRITY OF UPER AND MIDLE PALEOLITHIC DEPOSITS IN VINDIJA CAVE (CROATIA): A Chiped Stone Refiting Analysis By Kale M. Bruner B. A. University of Kansas, 2002 Submited to the Department of Anthropology... Frayer _________________________________ Jack Hofman _________________________________ Ivor Karavani? _________________________________ Rolfe Mandel Date Defended: May 7, 2009 i The Thesis Commite for Kale M. Bruner certifies...

  18. Tests prove two-phase efficiency for offshore pipeline

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    Schweikert, L.E.

    1986-02-03

    Tests prior to the conversion of the Matagorda Offshore Pipeline System (MOPS) from single-phase flow to two-phase flow revealed the weakness of many generalized theories and correlations when applied to large (20-30 in.) pipelines. Northern Natural Gas (NNG) Co., operator of the south Texas line, set up the procedures and conducted the tests that led to this observation.

  19. Pore fluid geochemistry from the Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well, Alaska North Slope

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    Torres, M.E.; Collett, T.S.; Rose, K.K.; Sample, J.C.; Agena, W.F.; Rosenbaum, E.J.

    2011-01-01

    The BPXA-DOE-USGS Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well was drilled and cored from 606.5 to 760.1. m on the North Slope of Alaska, to evaluate the occurrence, distribution and formation of gas hydrate in sediments below the base of the ice-bearing permafrost. Both the dissolved chloride and the isotopic composition of the water co-vary in the gas hydrate-bearing zones, consistent with gas hydrate dissociation during core recovery, and they provide independent indicators to constrain the zone of gas hydrate occurrence. Analyses of chloride and water isotope data indicate that an observed increase in salinity towards the top of the cored section reflects the presence of residual fluids from ion exclusion during ice formation at the base of the permafrost layer. These salinity changes are the main factor controlling major and minor ion distributions in the Mount Elbert Well. The resulting background chloride can be simulated with a one-dimensional diffusion model, and the results suggest that the ion exclusion at the top of the cored section reflects deepening of the permafrost layer following the last glaciation (???100 kyr), consistent with published thermal models. Gas hydrate saturation values estimated from dissolved chloride agree with estimates based on logging data when the gas hydrate occupies more than 20% of the pore space; the correlation is less robust at lower saturation values. The highest gas hydrate concentrations at the Mount Elbert Well are clearly associated with coarse-grained sedimentary sections, as expected from theoretical calculations and field observations in marine and other arctic sediment cores. ?? 2009 Elsevier Ltd.

  20. Geological and operational summary, Kodiak Shelf stratigraphic test wells, western Gulf of Alaska. Final report

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    Turner, R.F.; Lynch, M.B.; Conner, T.A.; Hallin, P.J.; Hoose, P.J.

    1987-10-01

    Contents include: regional petroleum exploration history; operational summary of the Kodiak Shelf stratigraphic drilling program; lithologic summary; velocity analysis; seismic stratigraphy and tectonic evolution of the Kodiak Shelf; well-log interpretation; biostratigraphy; organic geochemistry; geothermal gradient; abnormal formation pressure; shallow geology and geologic hazards; and environmental considerations.

  1. Physical properties of sediment from the Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well, Alaska North Slope

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    Winters, W.; Walker, M.; Hunter, R.; Collett, T.; Boswell, R.; Rose, K.; Waite, W.; Torres, M.; Patil, S.; Dandekar, A.

    2011-01-01

    This study characterizes cored and logged sedimentary strata from the February 2007 BP Exploration Alaska, Department of Energy, U.S. Geological Survey (BPXA-DOE-USGS) Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well on the Alaska North Slope (ANS). The physical-properties program analyzed core samples recovered from the well, and in conjunction with downhole geophysical logs, produced an extensive dataset including grain size, water content, porosity, grain density, bulk density, permeability, X-ray diffraction (XRD) mineralogy, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), and petrography.This study documents the physical property interrelationships in the well and demonstrates their correlation with the occurrence of gas hydrate. Gas hydrate (GH) occurs in three unconsolidated, coarse silt to fine sand intervals within the Paleocene and Eocene beds of the Sagavanirktok Formation: Unit D-GH (614.4. m-627.9. m); unit C-GH1 (649.8. m-660.8. m); and unit C-GH2 (663.2. m-666.3. m). These intervals are overlain by fine to coarse silt intervals with greater clay content. A deeper interval (unit B) is similar lithologically to the gas-hydrate-bearing strata; however, it is water-saturated and contains no hydrate.In this system it appears that high sediment permeability (k) is critical to the formation of concentrated hydrate deposits. Intervals D-GH and C-GH1 have average "plug" intrinsic permeability to nitrogen values of 1700 mD and 675 mD, respectively. These values are in strong contrast with those of the overlying, gas-hydrate-free sediments, which have k values of 5.7. mD and 49 mD, respectively, and thus would have provided effective seals to trap free gas. The relation between permeability and porosity critically influences the occurrence of GH. For example, an average increase of 4% in porosity increases permeability by an order of magnitude, but the presence of a second fluid (e.g., methane from dissociating gas hydrate) in the reservoir reduces permeability by more than an order of magnitude. ?? 2010.

  2. Physical properties of sediment from the Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well, Alaska North Slope

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Winters, William J.; Walker, Michael; Hunter, Robert; Collett, Timothy S.; Boswell, Ray M.; Rose, Kelly K.; Waite, William F.; Torres, Marta; Patil, Shirish; Dandekar, Abhijit

    2011-01-01

    This study characterizes cored and logged sedimentary strata from the February 2007 BP Exploration Alaska, Department of Energy, U.S. Geological Survey (BPXA-DOE-USGS) Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well on the Alaska North Slope (ANS). The physical-properties program analyzed core samples recovered from the well, and in conjunction with downhole geophysical logs, produced an extensive dataset including grain size, water content, porosity, grain density, bulk density, permeability, X-ray diffraction (XRD) mineralogy, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), and petrography. This study documents the physical property interrelationships in the well and demonstrates their correlation with the occurrence of gas hydrate. Gas hydrate (GH) occurs in three unconsolidated, coarse silt to fine sand intervals within the Paleocene and Eocene beds of the Sagavanirktok Formation: Unit D-GH (614.4 m-627.9 m); unit C-GH1 (649.8 m-660.8 m); and unit C-GH2 (663.2 m-666.3 m). These intervals are overlain by fine to coarse silt intervals with greater clay content. A deeper interval (unit B) is similar lithologically to the gas-hydrate-bearing strata; however, it is water-saturated and contains no hydrate. In this system it appears that high sediment permeability (k) is critical to the formation of concentrated hydrate deposits. Intervals D-GH and C-GH1 have average "plug" intrinsic permeability to nitrogen values of 1700 mD and 675 mD, respectively. These values are in strong contrast with those of the overlying, gas-hydrate-free sediments, which have k values of 5.7 mD and 49 mD, respectively, and thus would have provided effective seals to trap free gas. The relation between permeability and porosity critically influences the occurrence of GH. For example, an average increase of 4% in porosity increases permeability by an order of magnitude, but the presence of a second fluid (e.g., methane from dissociating gas hydrate) in the reservoir reduces permeability by more than an order of magnitude.

  3. Testing the impact of stratigraphic uncertainty on spectral analyses of sedimentary time series

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    Martinez, Mathieu; Kotov, Sergey; De Vleeschouwer, David; Pas, Damien; Vahlenkamp, Maximilian

    2015-04-01

    Spectral analysis has become a key tool for identifying the imprint of astronomical forcing on sedimentary records. In a next step, the identified cycles often contribute to the construction of a precise Geological Time Scale and to an in-depth understanding of past climate changes. Most of spectral analyses (Fast Fourier Transforms, the Multi-Taper Method…) require a constant sample step. Unfortunately, an equally spaced geological data series is, in practice, nearly impossible to obtain from field sedimentary series. Usually, there is a 10% uncertainty on the field measurements of the stratigraphic thickness within sedimentary series. Hence, important uncertainties exist in the actual position of each sample. Another source of uncertainty are errors in a time-space model. In this study, we explore the impact that the stratigraphic uncertainty on the sample position has on the result of spectral analyses. To simulate this uncertainty, we developed a model based on Monte Carlo randomisation of the distance between each successive point. In this way, the stratigraphic order of the data points is not affected after implementing this model. The application of this model to a theoretical sinusoid series and to several real sedimentary series shows that uncertainties in the actual position of samples can highly reduce the spectral powers of the frequencies ranging from the Nyquist Frequency up to 1/10 of the Nyquist Frequency. We then demonstrate that the precise reconstruction of the Milankovitch cycles in the sedimentary record requires a higher sampling density than previously suggested with, at least, 10 samples per thinnest cycle to be detected, i.e. 10 samples per precession cycle.

  4. Self-bored pressuremeter testing in the Arctic offshore

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    Hughes, J.M.O.; Jefferies, M.G.; Morris, D.L.

    1984-05-01

    Self-bored pressuremeter (SBP) tests are an important part of site investigations for gravity base structure (GBS) foundations. This applies in particular when such structures are expected to experience significant lateral loads, as most arctic structures are. The SBP data is used for both serviceability state analysis and for providing fundamental information on undisturbed soil behaviour. SBP testing has been carried out offshore for Gulf Canada Resources Inc. (GCRI) during the past two years (1982-1983 arctic open water seasons). Testing has been carried out in a variety of soil conditions across the GCRI land interest on the Canadian continental shelf in the Beaufort Sea. The paper outlines the equipment used, operational successes and difficulties, and presents productivity data. Techniques and equipment for improving productivity are outlined. Experience with SBP operations has shown that the SBP is no more difficult to use offshore than the electric static cone penetrometer (CPT). One result in particular of the SBP testing stands out; the in-situ geostatic stress ratio (K /SUB o/ ) has been found to be not a unique function of past overburden history. This result is discussed in the geological context. It appears prudent to regard K /SUB o/ as an independent variable for engineering purposes.

  5. Automatic picking and attribute mapping for a quick evaluation of the potential of turbiditic sands and stratigraphic traps in frontier areas. An example from the deep offshore of the Niger Delta

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    Montagnier, P.; Rossi, T.; Clergeat, B.; Dall`astam, W.F.

    1996-12-31

    Most interpretation teams involved in the exploration of Nigeria`s deep offshore have been faced with a major challenge: (1) how to scan through a large volume of 3D data in a drastically short time frame... (2) with the captive of understanding the depositional pattern of slope fan and basin floor fan turbidites to identify mostly stratigraphic traps... (3) in an environment almost devoid of reference wells and calibration. A traditional approach was likely to miss both the deadlines and the sensitivity required for the sedimentological aspects of the study. Elfs answer was to rely extensively on the advanced functionalities of the SISMAGE (TM) workstation, in order to quickly generate time and seismic attribute maps which could then be interpreted in terms of structure and sedimentology. Two critical aspects were particularly well handled by the workstation: (1) the reliability of the extrapolation process from a loose grid of manually picked lines, and (2) the generation of seismic attribute maps relative not only to surfaces (e.g. sequence boundaries), but also to whole intervals through statistical calculation. In a second stage, the interpreters were able to focus on the most prospective areas and to move on to prospect generation, with the help of AVO studies. This approach is illustrated through an example from the deep offshore of the Niger delta.

  6. Automatic picking and attribute mapping for a quick evaluation of the potential of turbiditic sands and stratigraphic traps in frontier areas. An example from the deep offshore of the Niger Delta

    SciTech Connect

    Montagnier, P.; Rossi, T. ); Clergeat, B.; Dall'astam, W.F. )

    1996-01-01

    Most interpretation teams involved in the exploration of Nigeria's deep offshore have been faced with a major challenge: (1) how to scan through a large volume of 3D data in a drastically short time frame... (2) with the captive of understanding the depositional pattern of slope fan and basin floor fan turbidites to identify mostly stratigraphic traps... (3) in an environment almost devoid of reference wells and calibration. A traditional approach was likely to miss both the deadlines and the sensitivity required for the sedimentological aspects of the study. Elfs answer was to rely extensively on the advanced functionalities of the SISMAGE (TM) workstation, in order to quickly generate time and seismic attribute maps which could then be interpreted in terms of structure and sedimentology. Two critical aspects were particularly well handled by the workstation: (1) the reliability of the extrapolation process from a loose grid of manually picked lines, and (2) the generation of seismic attribute maps relative not only to surfaces (e.g. sequence boundaries), but also to whole intervals through statistical calculation. In a second stage, the interpreters were able to focus on the most prospective areas and to move on to prospect generation, with the help of AVO studies. This approach is illustrated through an example from the deep offshore of the Niger delta.

  7. Offshore suspensions plume deposit as a stratigraphic signature of catastrophic river floods during the last 500 years: the case of the Amalfi coast

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    Molisso, Flavia; Esposito, Eliana; Porfido, Sabina; Sacchi, Marco; Violante, Crescenzo

    2010-05-01

    The Amalfi coast is a segment of the southern slope of the Sorrento Peninsula, a narrow and elevated mountain range (up to 1444 m) along the SW coastal zone of Italy. The Peninsula is deeply cut by a complex of bedrock rivers and channels characterized by relatively high energy of the relief, small catchment areas and pronounced disequilibrium of the stream profiles. There is evidence suggesting that the dynamic regime of the alluvial fans and associated fan-deltas of the Amalfi coast are controlled by episodic, but often catastrophic sediment and water discharges that have caused repeated flooding of the fans and accumulation of large volumes of sediment in the fan-deltas over last centuries. Documentary source materials show that, since the 16th century, at least 106 severe floods occurred over the Amalfi coast. The most dramatic episodes occurred between XVI and XX centuries (1581, 1588, 1773, 1899, 1954 events), caused severe geomorphologic change, damage to buildings and a high number of victims. The flood events triggered landslide, mud flow, debris flow and rock falls phenomena as well as denudation and erosion upstream. This research is based on the of stratigraphic study of marine gravity cores, and high-resolution seismic profiles acquired in the fan-delta deposits that develop at the mouth of the hydrographic system of the Amalfi coast. Particularly, the integrated stratigraphic analysis of prodelta deposits, shows that there is a consistent correlation between documental evidence of historical catastrophic floodings and the occurrence of individual layers or claster of (2-3 cm thick) layers of suspension deposit associated with sustained hyperpycnal plumes (underflows) within the fan-delta sequence. The identification of suspension plume deposits, within fan-delta deposits off the cliffed Amalfi coasts, may thus be regarded as a useful tool in order to explore the occurrence of major flooding episodes back to stratigraphic record of the Late Holocene.

  8. Investigation of gas hydrate-bearing sandstone reservoirs at the "Mount Elbert" stratigraphic test well, Milne Point, Alaska

    SciTech Connect

    Boswell, R.M.; Hunter, R.; Collett, T.; Digert, S. Inc., Anchorage, AK); Hancock, S.; Weeks, M. Inc., Anchorage, AK); Mt. Elbert Science Team

    2008-01-01

    In February 2007, the U.S. Department of Energy, BP Exploration (Alaska), Inc., and the U.S. Geological Survey conducted an extensive data collection effort at the "Mount Elbert #1" gas hydrates stratigraphic test well on the Alaska North Slope (ANS). The 22-day field program acquired significant gas hydrate-bearing reservoir data, including a full suite of open-hole well logs, over 500 feet of continuous core, and open-hole formation pressure response tests. Hole conditions, and therefore log data quality, were excellent due largely to the use of chilled oil-based drilling fluids. The logging program confirmed the existence of approximately 30 m of gashydrate saturated, fine-grained sand reservoir. Gas hydrate saturations were observed to range from 60% to 75% largely as a function of reservoir quality. Continuous wire-line coring operations (the first conducted on the ANS) achieved 85% recovery through 153 meters of section, providing more than 250 subsamples for analysis. The "Mount Elbert" data collection program culminated with open-hole tests of reservoir flow and pressure responses, as well as gas and water sample collection, using Schlumberger's Modular Formation Dynamics Tester (MDT) wireline tool. Four such tests, ranging from six to twelve hours duration, were conducted. This field program demonstrated the ability to safely and efficiently conduct a research-level openhole data acquisition program in shallow, sub-permafrost sediments. The program also demonstrated the soundness of the program's pre-drill gas hydrate characterization methods and increased confidence in gas hydrate resource assessment methodologies for the ANS.

  9. Stratigraphic and palaeoenvironmental summary of the south-east Georgia Embayment: a correlation of exploratory wells

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    Poppe, L.J.; Popenoe, P.; Poag, C.W.; Swift, B.A.

    1995-01-01

    A Continental Offshore Stratigraphic Test (COST) well and six exploratory wells have been drilled in the south-east Georgia embayment. The oldest rocks penetrated are weakly metamorphosed Lower Ordovician quartz arenites and Silurian shales and argillites in the Transco 1005-1 well and Upper Devonian argillites in the COST GE-1 well. The Palaeozoic strata are unconformably overlain by interbedded non-marine Jurassic sandstones and shales and marginal marine Lower Cretaceous rocks. Together, these rocks are stratigraphically equivalent to the onshore Fort Pierce and Cotton Valley(?) Formations and rocks of the Lower Cretaceous Comanchean Provincial Series. The Upper Cretaceous part of the section is composed mainly of neritic calcareous shales and shaley limestones stratigraphically equivalent to the primarily marginal marine facies of the onshore Atkinson, Cape Fear and Middendorf Formations and Black Creek Group, and to limestones and shales of the Lawson Limestone and Peedee Formations. Cenozoic strata are also described. -from Authors

  10. FIELD TEST KIT FOR CHARACTERIZING OIL-BRINE EFFLUENTS FROM OFFSHORE DRILLING PLATFORMS

    EPA Science Inventory

    This research program was initiated to evaluate test methods for characterizing oil-brine effluents from offshore oil production platforms and to package and deliver a field test kit for on-site oil-brine analyses. After an initial laboratory evaluation and selection of test meth...

  11. Secondary Craters as Stratigraphic Markers: GIS-Based Program Development and Performance Testing Using the Secondaries of Zunil Crater, Mars

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    Nava, R. A.; Skinner, J. A.

    2009-12-01

    The pervasive occurrence of secondary crater chains across multiple geologic terrains on planetary surfaces elevates their potential utility as stratigraphic markers. However, current approaches that link secondaries to their parent (source) craters are qualitative and vulnerable to over-simplification. Herein, we present the developmental status and operational performance of a GIS-based computer program that analyzes the spatial relationship of secondary craters with potential parent craters. Once provided a vector point file and limited set of user-defined control parameters, the current program attempts to identify crater clusters using nearest-neighbor analysis, directional distributions of statistical clusters, and great circles that extend along the major axis of each statistical cluster beginning at its center. The number and density of great circle intersections are then used to model the location of a parent crater. Control parameters can be dynamically changed to examine multiple ejection-trajectory-impact scenarios. To control and calibrate the program, we used the spatial locations of >22,000 secondaries (mapped using THEMIS VIS images) interpreted to have been sourced from Zunil, a 10.1-km-diameter, Late Amazonian-age crater located in Elysium Planitia, Mars. Mapped points served as input for multiple program iterations, each of which calculated and displayed the effects that different cluster characteristics, ejection velocities, and angular rotations have on the modeled location of the parent crater. We also estimated variance in the modeled parent crater location based on human and automated cluster identification. Results indicate: (1) optimized parameters identify the source as a point located 1.6 kilometers from Zunil’s center; (2) distance between modeled source location and Zunil’s center decreases with increasing cluster ellipticity; (3) human- and auto-identified cluster analyses identify comparable source locations but use contrasting parameters; (4) inclusion of rotational velocities to account for the Coriolis effect has varying effects on accurately correlating modeled and actual source location; and (5) some mapped secondaries do not appear to source from Zunil crater. Current and ongoing performance tests will help to refine the current GIS-program and to develop optimized methods for its use as an analytical tool for assessing stratigraphy and impact dynamics on Mars and other planetary bodies.

  12. Formation pressure testing at the Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well, Alaska North Slope: Operational summary, history matching, and interpretations

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    Anderson, B.; Hancock, S.; Wilson, S.; Enger, C.; Collett, T.; Boswell, R.; Hunter, R.

    2011-01-01

    In February 2007, the U.S. Department of Energy, BP Exploration (Alaska), and the U.S. Geological Survey, collected open-hole pressure-response data, as well as gas and water sample collection, in a gas hydrate reservoir (the BPXA-DOE-USGS Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well) using Schlumberger's Modular Dynamics Formation Tester (MDT) wireline tool. Four such MDT tests, ranging from six to twelve hours duration, and including a series of flow, sampling, and shut-in periods of various durations, were conducted. Locations for the testing were selected based on NMR and other log data to assure sufficient isolation from reservoir boundaries and zones of excess free water. Test stages in which pressure was reduced sufficiently to mobilize free water in the formation (yet not cause gas hydrate dissociation) produced readily interpretable pressure build-up profiles. Build-ups following larger drawdowns consistently showed gas-hydrate dissociation and gas release (as confirmed by optical fluid analyzer data), as well as progressive dampening of reservoir pressure build-up during sequential tests at a given MDT test station.History matches of one multi-stage, 12-h test (the C2 test) were accomplished using five different reservoir simulators: CMG-STARS, HydrateResSim, MH21-HYDRES, STOMP-HYD, and TOUGH. +. HYDRATE. Simulations utilized detailed information collected across the reservoir either obtained or determined from geophysical well logs, including thickness (11.3. m, 37 ft.), porosity (35%), hydrate saturation (65%), both mobile and immobile water saturations, intrinsic permeability (1000 mD), pore water salinity (5 ppt), and formation temperature (3.3-3.9 ??C). This paper will present the approach and preliminary results of the history-matching efforts, including estimates of initial formation permeability and analyses of the various unique features exhibited by the MDT results. ?? 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

  13. Grid Simulator for Testing a Wind Turbine on Offshore Floating Platform

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    Gevorgian, V.

    2012-02-01

    An important aspect of such offshore testing of a wind turbine floating platform is electrical loading of the wind turbine generator. An option of interconnecting the floating wind turbine with the onshore grid via submarine power cable is limited by many factors such as costs and associated environmental aspects (i.e., an expensive and lengthy sea floor study is needed for cable routing, burial, etc). It appears to be a more cost effective solution to implement a standalone grid simulator on a floating platform itself for electrical loading of the test wind turbine. Such a grid simulator must create a stable fault-resilient voltage and frequency bus (a micro grid) for continuous operation of the test wind turbine. In this report, several electrical topologies for an offshore grid simulator were analyzed and modeled.

  14. Sentinel Hill Core Test 1: Facies Descriptions and Stratigraphic Reinterpretations of the Prince Creek and Schrader Bluff Formations, North Slope, Alaska

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Flores, Romeo M.; Stricker, Gary D.; Decker, Paul L.; Myers, Mark D.

    2007-01-01

    The Sentinel Hill Core Test 1 well penetrated an intertonguing sequence of (1) the marine Schrader Bluff Formation in the depth intervals 950?1,180 ft and 690?751 ft, which consists of shoreface and offshore deposits that accumulated along a storm-dominated, barred shoreline; and (2) the nonmarine Prince Creek Formation in the depth intervals 751?950 ft and surface to 690 ft, which consists of fluvial channel, crevasse splay, backswamp, and ash fall deposits. The strata range in age from early Campanian to early Maastrichtian. An erosional contact at a depth of 690 ft at the base of the upper unit of the Prince Creek Formation is interpreted as a major regional sequence boundary, and the overlying conglomeratic fluvial channel deposits are interpreted to have accumulated in a paleovalley. In its more proximal reaches along the Colville River, channels of this paleovalley cut down 75 ft into the lowermost Prince Creek Formation and the uppermost Schrader Bluff Formation. Farther offshore, the equivalent surface to the aforementioned paleovalley appears to be a subtle discontinuity between middle and lower Schrader Bluff Formation shelfal marine strata. Still farther offshore, the equivalent paleovalley surface is interpreted as a marine mass-wasting surface that locally cuts through the lowermost Schrader Bluff Formation and into the underlying Seabee Formation.

  15. Regional long-term production modeling from a single well test, Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well, Alaska North Slope

    SciTech Connect

    Anderson, Brian; Kurihara, Masanori; White, Mark D.; Moridis, George J.; Wilson, Scott J.; Pooladi-Darvish, Mehran; Gaddipati, Manohar; Masuda, Yoshihiro; Collett, T. S.; Hunter, Robert B.; Narita, Hideo; Rose, Kelly K.; Boswell, Ray

    2011-02-02

    Following the results from the open-hole formation pressure response test in the BPXA-DOE-USGS Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well (Mount Elbert well) using Schlumberger’s Modular Dynamics Formation Tester (MDT) wireline tool, the International Methane Hydrate Reservoir Simulator Code Comparison project performed long-term reservoir simulations on three different model reservoirs. These descriptions were based on 1) the Mount Elbert gas hydrate accumulation as delineated by an extensive history-matching exercise, 2) an estimation of the hydrate accumulation near the Prudhoe Bay L-pad, and 3) a reservoir that would be down-dip of the Prudhoe Bay L-pad and therefore warmer and deeper. All of these simulations were based, in part, on the results of the MDT results from the Mount Elbert Well. The comparison group’s consensus value for the initial perme- ability of the hydrate-filled reservoir (k = 0.12 mD) and the permeability model based on the MDT history match were used as the basis for subsequent simulations on the three regional scenarios. The simulation results of the five different simulation codes, CMG STARS, HydrateResSim, MH-21 HYDRES, STOMP-HYD, and TOUGHþHYDRATE exhibit good qualitative agreement and the variability of potential methane production rates from gas hydrate reservoirs is illustrated. As expected, the pre- dicted methane production rate increased with increasing in situ reservoir temperature; however, a significant delay in the onset of rapid hydrate dissociation is observed for a cold, homogeneous reservoir and it is found to be repeatable. The inclusion of reservoir heterogeneity in the description of this cold reservoir is shown to eliminate this delayed production. Overall, simulations utilized detailed information collected across the Mount Elbert reservoir either obtained or determined from geophysical well logs, including thickness (37 ft), porosity (35%), hydrate saturation (65%), intrinsic permeability (1000 mD), pore water salinity (5 ppt), and formation temperature (3.3–3.9 ?C). This paper presents the approach and results of extrapolating regional forward production modeling from history-matching efforts on the results from a single well test.

  16. Model test of new floating offshore wind turbine platforms

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Shin, Hyunkyoung; Dam, Pham Thanh; Jung, Kwang Jin; Song, inseob; Rim, Chaewhan; Chung, Taeyoung

    2013-06-01

    This paper presents the model test results of 3 new spar platforms which were developed based on the OC3-Hywind spar to support a 5-MW wind turbine. By changing the shape but keeping both volume and mass of OC3- Hywind spar platform, those platforms were expected to experience different hydrodynamic and hydrostatic loads. The scale models were built with a 1/128 scale ratio. The model tests were carried out in waves, including both rotating rotor effect and mean wind speed. The characteristic motions of the 3 new models were measured; Response Amplitude Operators (RAO) and significant motions were calculated and compared with those of OC3-Hywind.

  17. Teaching with Stratigraphic Profiles

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Stefanich, Greg P.

    1974-01-01

    Presents two exercises modeled after the ice age puzzle described in the ESCP textbook, including formation of terminal moraines and kettle lakes and intersection of normal faults with gold-quartz veins. Indicates that the stratigraphic profiles are usable in teaching earth science, geography, general science, and topographic problems. (CC)

  18. Shaking table test and numerical analysis of offshore wind turbine tower systems controlled by TLCD

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    Chen, Jianbing; Liu, Youkun; Bai, Xueyuan

    2015-03-01

    A wind turbine system equipped with a tuned liquid column damper (TLCD) is comprehensively studied via shaking table tests using a 1/13-scaled model. The effects of wind and wave actions are considered by inputting response-equivalent accelerations on the shaking table. The test results show that the control effect of the TLCD system is significant in reducing the responses under both wind-wave equivalent loads and ground motions, but obviously varies for different inputs. Further, a blade-hub-tower integrated numerical model for the wind turbine system is established. The model is capable of considering the rotational effect of blades by combining Kane's equation with the finite element method. The responses of the wind tower equipped with TLCD devices are numerically obtained and compared to the test results, showing that under both controlled and uncontrolled conditions with and without blades' rotation, the corresponding responses exhibit good agreement. This demonstrates that the proposed numerical model performs well in capturing the wind-wave coupled response of the offshore wind turbine systems under control. Both numerical and experimental results show that the TLCD system can significantly reduce the structural response and thus improve the safety and serviceability of the offshore wind turbine tower systems. Additional issues that require further study are discussed.

  19. Gas hydrate characterization and grain-scale imaging of recovered cores from the Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well, Alaska North Slope

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    Stern, Laura A.; Lorenson, T.D.; Pinkston, John C.

    2011-01-01

    Using cryogenic scanning electron microscopy (CSEM), powder X-ray diffraction, and gas chromatography methods, we investigated the physical states, grain characteristics, gas composition, and methane isotopic composition of two gas-hydrate-bearing sections of core recovered from the BPXA–DOE–USGS Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well situated on the Alaska North Slope. The well was continuously cored from 606.5 m to 760.1 m depth, and sections investigated here were retrieved from 619.9 m and 661.0 m depth. X-ray analysis and imaging of the sediment phase in both sections shows it consists of a predominantly fine-grained and well-sorted quartz sand with lesser amounts of feldspar, muscovite, and minor clays. Cryogenic SEM shows the gas-hydrate phase forming primarily as a pore-filling material between the sediment grains at approximately 70–75% saturation, and more sporadically as thin veins typically several tens of microns in diameter. Pore throat diameters vary, but commonly range 20–120 microns. Gas chromatography analyses of the hydrate-forming gas show that it is comprised of mainly methane (>99.9%), indicating that the gas hydrate is structure I. Here we report on the distribution and articulation of the gas-hydrate phase within the cores, the grain morphology of the hydrate, the composition of the sediment host, and the composition of the hydrate-forming gas.

  20. Gas hydrate characterization and grain-scale imaging of recovered cores from the Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well, Alaska North Slope

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Stern, L.A.; Lorenson, T.D.; Pinkston, J.C.

    2011-01-01

    Using cryogenic scanning electron microscopy (CSEM), powder X-ray diffraction, and gas chromatography methods, we investigated the physical states, grain characteristics, gas composition, and methane isotopic composition of two gas-hydrate-bearing sections of core recovered from the BPXA-DOE-USGS Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well situated on the Alaska North Slope. The well was continuously cored from 606.5. m to 760.1. m depth, and sections investigated here were retrieved from 619.9. m and 661.0. m depth. X-ray analysis and imaging of the sediment phase in both sections shows it consists of a predominantly fine-grained and well-sorted quartz sand with lesser amounts of feldspar, muscovite, and minor clays. Cryogenic SEM shows the gas-hydrate phase forming primarily as a pore-filling material between the sediment grains at approximately 70-75% saturation, and more sporadically as thin veins typically several tens of microns in diameter. Pore throat diameters vary, but commonly range 20-120 microns. Gas chromatography analyses of the hydrate-forming gas show that it is comprised of mainly methane (>99.9%), indicating that the gas hydrate is structure I. Here we report on the distribution and articulation of the gas-hydrate phase within the cores, the grain morphology of the hydrate, the composition of the sediment host, and the composition of the hydrate-forming gas. ?? 2009.

  1. Efficient preliminary floating offshore wind turbine design and testing methodologies and application to a concrete spar design.

    PubMed

    Matha, Denis; Sandner, Frank; Molins, Climent; Campos, Alexis; Cheng, Po Wen

    2015-02-28

    The current key challenge in the floating offshore wind turbine industry and research is on designing economic floating systems that can compete with fixed-bottom offshore turbines in terms of levelized cost of energy. The preliminary platform design, as well as early experimental design assessments, are critical elements in the overall design process. In this contribution, a brief review of current floating offshore wind turbine platform pre-design and scaled testing methodologies is provided, with a focus on their ability to accommodate the coupled dynamic behaviour of floating offshore wind systems. The exemplary design and testing methodology for a monolithic concrete spar platform as performed within the European KIC AFOSP project is presented. Results from the experimental tests compared to numerical simulations are presented and analysed and show very good agreement for relevant basic dynamic platform properties. Extreme and fatigue loads and cost analysis of the AFOSP system confirm the viability of the presented design process. In summary, the exemplary application of the reduced design and testing methodology for AFOSP confirms that it represents a viable procedure during pre-design of floating offshore wind turbine platforms. PMID:25583870

  2. Data from stratigraphic test holes drilled at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, North Carolina, 1994-2001, and periodic water levels, 2000-2003

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Wrege, Beth M.; Jen, Philip S.

    2004-01-01

    Nine stratigraphic test holes, from 158 to 305 feet deep, were drilled at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point, North Carolina, between 1994 and 2001 by the U.S. Geological Survey. These test holes and subsequent wells provide information about the lithology, stratigraphy, and geology at the Marine Corps Air Station. In addition, ground-water-level data were collected at the Air Station through 2003. The U.S. Geological Survey also conducted high-resolution marine and land seismic surveys during this investigation. The ground-water-level data and locations of the seismic survey lines are included in this report. The stratigraphic data combined with the seismic data provide a basis for the delineation of paleochannels beneath the Air Station as well as information for the management of water resources at the Air Station.

  3. High-resolution well-log derived dielectric properties of gas-hydrate-bearing sediments, Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well, Alaska North Slope

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    Sun, Y.; Goldberg, D.; Collett, T.; Hunter, R.

    2011-01-01

    A dielectric logging tool, electromagnetic propagation tool (EPT), was deployed in 2007 in the BPXA-DOE-USGS Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well (Mount Elbert Well), North Slope, Alaska. The measured dielectric properties in the Mount Elbert well, combined with density log measurements, result in a vertical high-resolution (cm-scale) estimate of gas hydrate saturation. Two hydrate-bearing sand reservoirs about 20 m thick were identified using the EPT log and exhibited gas-hydrate saturation estimates ranging from 45% to 85%. In hydrate-bearing zones where variation of hole size and oil-based mud invasion are minimal, EPT-based gas hydrate saturation estimates on average agree well with lower vertical resolution estimates from the nuclear magnetic resonance logs; however, saturation and porosity estimates based on EPT logs are not reliable in intervals with substantial variations in borehole diameter and oil-based invasion.EPT log interpretation reveals many thin-bedded layers at various depths, both above and below the thick continuous hydrate occurrences, which range from 30-cm to about 1-m thick. Such thin layers are not indicated in other well logs, or from the visual observation of core, with the exception of the image log recorded by the oil-base microimager. We also observe that EPT dielectric measurements can be used to accurately detect fine-scale changes in lithology and pore fluid properties of hydrate-bearing sediments where variation of hole size is minimal. EPT measurements may thus provide high-resolution in-situ hydrate saturation estimates for comparison and calibration with laboratory analysis. ?? 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

  4. Examination of core samples from the Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well, Alaska North Slope: Effects of retrieval and preservation

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    Kneafsey, T.J.; Liu, T.J. H.; Winters, W.; Boswell, R.; Hunter, R.; Collett, T.S.

    2011-06-01

    Collecting and preserving undamaged core samples containing gas hydrates from depth is difficult because of the pressure and temperature changes encountered upon retrieval. Hydrate-bearing core samples were collected at the BPXA-DOE-USGS Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well in February 2007. Coring was performed while using a custom oil-based drilling mud, and the cores were retrieved by a wireline. The samples were characterized and subsampled at the surface under ambient winter arctic conditions. Samples thought to be hydrate bearing were preserved either by immersion in liquid nitrogen (LN), or by storage under methane pressure at ambient arctic conditions, and later depressurized and immersed in LN. Eleven core samples from hydrate-bearing zones were scanned using x-ray computed tomography to examine core structure and homogeneity. Features observed include radial fractures, spalling-type fractures, and reduced density near the periphery. These features were induced during sample collection, handling, and preservation. Isotopic analysis of the methane from hydrate in an initially LN-preserved core and a pressure-preserved core indicate that secondary hydrate formation occurred throughout the pressurized core, whereas none occurred in the LN-preserved core, however no hydrate was found near the periphery of the LN-preserved core. To replicate some aspects of the preservation methods, natural and laboratory-made saturated porous media samples were frozen in a variety of ways, with radial fractures observed in some LN-frozen sands, and needle-like ice crystals forming in slowly frozen clay-rich sediments. Suggestions for hydrate-bearing core preservation are presented.

  5. Analysis of core samples from the BPXA-DOE-USGS Mount Elbert gas hydrate stratigraphic test well: Insights into core disturbance and handling

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    Kneafsey, Timothy J.; Lu, Hailong; Winters, William; Boswell, Ray; Hunter, Robert; Collett, Timothy S.

    2009-09-01

    Collecting and preserving undamaged core samples containing gas hydrates from depth is difficult because of the pressure and temperature changes encountered upon retrieval. Hydrate-bearing core samples were collected at the BPXA-DOE-USGS Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well in February 2007. Coring was performed while using a custom oil-based drilling mud, and the cores were retrieved by a wireline. The samples were characterized and subsampled at the surface under ambient winter arctic conditions. Samples thought to be hydrate bearing were preserved either by immersion in liquid nitrogen (LN), or by storage under methane pressure at ambient arctic conditions, and later depressurized and immersed in LN. Eleven core samples from hydrate-bearing zones were scanned using x-ray computed tomography to examine core structure and homogeneity. Features observed include radial fractures, spalling-type fractures, and reduced density near the periphery. These features were induced during sample collection, handling, and preservation. Isotopic analysis of the methane from hydrate in an initially LN-preserved core and a pressure-preserved core indicate that secondary hydrate formation occurred throughout the pressurized core, whereas none occurred in the LN-preserved core, however no hydrate was found near the periphery of the LN-preserved core. To replicate some aspects of the preservation methods, natural and laboratory-made saturated porous media samples were frozen in a variety of ways, with radial fractures observed in some LN-frozen sands, and needle-like ice crystals forming in slowly frozen clay-rich sediments. Suggestions for hydrate-bearing core preservation are presented.

  6. Case study of preliminary cyclic load evaluation and triaxial soil testing in offshore wind farm planning

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    Otto, Daniel; Ossig, Benjamin; Kreiter, Stefan; Kouery, Saed; Moerz, Tobias

    2010-05-01

    In 2020 Germany aims to produce 20% of its electrical power trough renewable energy sources. Assigned Offshore Wind farms in the German exclusive economic zone of the North- and the Baltic Sea are important step toward a fulfilment of this goal. However the save erecting of 5-6 MW wind power plants (total construction size: > 200m) in water depth of around 40 m is related to unprecedented technical, logistical and financial challenges. With an intended lifetime expectation of 50 years for the foundations, construction materials and the soils around the foundation are subject to high and continued stresses from self-weight, waves, wind and current. These stresses are not only static, but have also a significant cyclic component. An estimated 250 million cyclic load changes may lead to an accumulation of plastic deformation in the soil that potentially may affect operability or lifespan of the plant. During a preliminary geotechnical site survey of one of the largest (~150 km2) offshore wind project sites within the German Bight (~45 km North off the island Juist) a total of 16 drill cores with in situ cone penetration data and a total sample length of ~800 m where recovered. Preliminary foundation designs and static self weight and lateral load calculations were used to design a cycling triaxial lab testing program on discrete natural soil samples. Individual tests were performed by foundation type and at vertical and lateral load maxima to evaluate the long-term soil behaviour under cyclic load. Tests have been performed on granular, cohesive and intermediate natural soils. Following an introduction to the unique MARUM triaxial apparatus and testing conditions, the cyclic triaxial test results are shown and explained. Furthermore cyclic shear strength and stiffness are compared to their static counterparts. Unique soil behaviour like abrupt partial failure, pore pressure response and unexpected in part load independent cyclic deformation behaviour is discussed and compared to literature results. The shown case study is intended to demonstrate a feasible procedure for evaluating cyclic loads, designing test procedures, presenting results and interpreting data in a so far unregulated field without common standards. The presented data has been produced within the framework of germanwind, a science industry partnership including RWE-Innogy, ENOVA and MARUM.

  7. Technical Note Engineering Stratigraphic Columns

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    Technical Note Engineering Stratigraphic Columns PAUL M. SANTI Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO 80401 JAY M. GREGG Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Missouri-Rolla, Rolla, MO 65409 Key Terms: Stratigraphic Column, Engineering Properties

  8. Summary of Conclusions and Recommendations Drawn from the DeepCWind Scaled Floating Offshore Wind System Test Campaign: Preprint

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    Robertson, A. N.; Jonkman, J. M.; Masciola, M. D.; Molta, P.; Goupee, A. J.; Coulling, A. J.; Prowell, I.; Browning, J.

    2013-07-01

    The DeepCwind consortium is a group of universities, national labs, and companies funded under a research initiative by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to support the research and development of floating offshore wind power. The two main objectives of the project are to better understand the complex dynamic behavior of floating offshore wind systems and to create experimental data for use in validating the tools used in modeling these systems. In support of these objectives, the DeepCwind consortium conducted a model test campaign in 2011 of three generic floating wind systems, a tension-leg platform (TLP), a spar-buoy (spar), and a semisubmersible (semi). Each of the three platforms was designed to support a 1/50th-scale model of a 5 MW wind turbine and was tested under a variety of wind/wave conditions. The focus of this paper is to summarize the work done by consortium members in analyzing the data obtained from the test campaign and its use for validating the offshore wind modeling tool, FAST.

  9. Model test of an inverted conical cylinder floating offshore wind turbine moored by a spring-tensioned-leg

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    Shin, Hyunkyoung; Cho, Sangrai; Jung, Kwangjin

    2014-03-01

    A new 5-MW floating offshore wind turbine moored by a spring-tensioned-leg was proposed for installa­tion in about 50m water depth. Its substructure is a platform of the inverted conical cylinder type with massive ballast weight plate at the bottom. A 1:128 scale model was built for the preliminary engineering development. The model tests in waves and wind were carried out to estimate motion characteristics of this platform in the Ocean Engineering Wide Tank of the University of Ulsan. Its motions were measured and the RAOs were compared. The proposed floating off­shore wind turbine showed a good stability and decent responses in waves, wind and operation of the wind turbine.

  10. Stratigraphic and palaeoenvironmental summary of the south-east Georgia embayment: a correlation of exploratory wells

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    Poppe, Lawrence J.; Popenoe, Peter; Poag, C. Wylie; Swift, B. Ann

    1995-01-01

    A Continental Offshore Stratigraphic Test (COST) well and six exploratory wells have been drilled in the south-east Georgia embayment. The oldest rocks penetrated are weakly metamorphosed Lower Ordovician quartz arenites and Silurian shales and argillites in the Transco 1005-1 well and Upper Devonian argillites in the COST GE-1 well. These marine strata, which are equivalent to the Tippecanoe sequence in Florida, underlie the post-rift unconformity and represent part of a disjunct fragment of Gondwana that was sutured to the North American craton during the late Palaeozoic Alleghanian orogeny. The Palaeozoic strata are unconformably overlain by interbedded non-marine Jurassic (Bajocian and younger) sandstones and shales and marginal marine Lower Cretaceous sandstones, calcareous shales and carbonates, which contain scattered beds of coal and evaporite. Together, these rocks are stratigraphically equivalent to the onshore Fort Pierce and Cotton Valley(?) Formations and rocks of the Lower Cretaceous Comanchean Provincial Series. The abundance of carbonates and evaporites in this interval, which reflects marine influences within the embayment, increases upwards, eastwards and southwards. The Upper Cretaceous part of the section is composed mainly of neritic calcareous shales and shaley limestones stratigraphically equivalent to the primarily marginal marine facies of the onshore Atkinson, Cape Fear and Middendorf Formations and Black Creek Group, and to limestones and shales of the Lawson Limestone and Peedee Formations. Cenozoic strata are primarily semiconsolidated marine carbonates. Palaeocene to middle Eocene strata are commonly cherty; middle Miocene to Pliocene strata are massive and locally phosphatic and glauconitic; Quaternary sediments are dominated by unconsolidated carbonate sands. The effects of eustatic changes and shifts in the palaeocirculation are recorded in the Upper Cretaceous and Tertiary strata.

  11. Stratigraphic Signatures of Forearc Basin Formation Mechanisms

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    Mannu, U.; Ueda, K.; Gerya, T.; Willett, S.; Strasser, M.

    2014-12-01

    Forearc basins are loci of active sedimentation above the landward portion of accretionary prisms. Although these basins typically remain separated from the frontal prism by a forearc high, their evolution has a significant impact on the structure and deformation of the entire wedge. Formation of forearc basins has been proposed as a consequence of changes in wedge stability due to an increase of slab dip in subduction zones. Another hypothesis attributes this to higher hinterland sedimentation, which causes the rear of the wedge to stabilize and eventually develop a forearc basin. Basin stratigraphic architecture, revealed by high-resolution reflection seismic data and borehole data allows interpretation of structural development of the accretionary prism and associated basins with the goal of determining the underlying driving mechanism(s) of basin formation. In this study we supplement data interpretation with thermo-mechanical numerical models including high-resolution isochronal surface tracking to visualize the developing stratigraphy of basins that develop in subduction zone and wedge dynamic models. We use a dynamic 2D thermo mechanical model incorporating surface processes, strain weakening and sediment subduction. The model is a modification of I2VIS model, which is based on conservative, fully staggered finite differences and a non-diffusive marker- in-cell technique capable of modelling mantle convection. In the model different driving mechanisms for basin formation can be explored. Stratigraphic simulations obtained by isochronal surface tracking are compared to reflection pattern and stratigraphy of seismic and borehole data, respectively. Initial results from a model roughly representing the Nankai Trough Subduction Zone offshore Japan are compared to available seismic and Integrated Ocean Drilling (IODP) data. A calibrated model predicting forearc basin stratigraphy will be used to discern the underlying process of basins formation and wedge dynamics.

  12. Seismic amplitude and coherency response of channel sand, offshore Louisiana, Gulf of Mexico 

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    Fischer, Elena Mikhaylovna

    1999-01-01

    Geological drilling hazards are a major concern in the ics. drilling and development of offshore reservoirs. Some of these hazards may display high amplitudes on seismic profiles and some may be associated with stratigraphic features. Seismic...

  13. Monitoring Local and Teleseismic Earthquakes Off--Shore San Diego(California) During an OBSIP Test Deployment

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    Laske, G.; Babcock, J.; Hollinshead, C.; Georgieff, P.; Allmann, B.; Orcutt, J.

    2004-12-01

    The Scripps OBS (Ocean Bottom Seismometer) team is one of three groups that provide instrumentation for the US National OBS Instrument Pool (OBSIP). The compact active source LC2000 instruments are being used successfully in numerous experiments, with excellent data quality and return rates. A set of five new passive seismic instruments was test--deployed from November 6th, 2003 through January 8th, 2004 in the San Diego Trough, about 1km below the sea surface, about 40km off--shore San Diego, California. These instruments are equipped with a Nanometrics Trillium 40s 3--component seismometer and a Cox--Webb differential pressure gauge. We recorded more than 30 teleseismic earthquakes suitable for a long-period surface wave study. The vertical--component seismometer recordings are of excellent quality and are often superior to those from similar sensors on land (Guralp CMG-40T). The signal--to--noise ratio on the DPGs depend strongly on the water depth and was expected to be low for the test deployment. Nevertheless, the December 22, 2003 San Simeon/ California earthquake was recorded with high fidelity and non--seismogenic signals are extremely coherent down to very long periods. We also recorded numerous local earthquakes. Many of these occurred off-shore and the OBSs were the closest stations by many tens of kilometers. For example, a magnitude 3.0 earthquake on the Coronado Banks Fault was recorded at station SOL in La Jolla at about 30km distance, with a signal-to-noise ratio too poor to pick the first arrival. The next closest stations were 60km and 80km away, while one of the OBSs was only 20km away. The co-deployment of DPGs allowed us to observe the first P arrival very clearly. We also recorded numerous events that were not recorded on land. About six months later, on June 15, 2004 the greater San Diego area was struck by a magnitude 5.2 earthquake on the San Clemente Fault, about 40km southwest of the OBS test deployment. Though no structural damage was reported, intensity 4 shaking occurred throughout the city, which prompted Amtrak and Sea World to shut down operations for inspections. These events are continous reminders that significant seismic hazard is caused by activity along the only poorly understood, off-shore faults in the California Borderland. Realtime seismic monitoring using cabled or moored seismic observatories is clearly needed.

  14. Offshore Wind Research (Fact Sheet)

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    2011-10-01

    This 2-page fact sheet describes NREL's offshore wind research and development efforts and capabilities. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is internationally recognized for offshore wind energy research and development (R&D). Its experience and capabilities cover a wide spectrum of wind energy disciplines. NREL's offshore wind R&D efforts focus on critical areas that address the long-term needs of the offshore wind energy industry and the Department of Energy (DOE). R&D efforts include: (1) Developing offshore design tools and methods; (2) Collaborating with international partners; (3) Testing offshore systems and developing standards; (4) Conducting economic analyses; (5) Characterizing offshore wind resources; and (6) Identifying and mitigating offshore wind grid integration challenges and barriers. NREL has developed and maintains a robust, open-source, modular computer-aided engineering (CAE) tool, known as FAST. FAST's state-of-the-art capabilities provide full dynamic system simulation for a range of offshore wind systems. It models the coupled aerodynamic, hydrodynamic, control system, and structural response of offshore wind systems to support the development of innovative wind technologies that are reliable and cost effective. FAST also provides dynamic models of wind turbines on offshore fixed-bottom systems for shallow and transitional depths and floating-platform systems in deep water, thus enabling design innovation and risk reduction and facilitating higher performance designs that will meet DOE's cost of energy, reliability, and deployment objectives.

  15. X-ray CT Observations of Methane Hydrate Distribution Changes over Time in a Natural Sediment Core from the BPX-DOE-USGS Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well

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    Kneafsey, T.J.; Rees, E.V.L.

    2010-03-01

    When maintained under hydrate-stable conditions, methane hydrate in laboratory samples is often considered a stable and immobile solid material. Currently, there do not appear to be any studies in which the long-term redistribution of hydrates in sediments has been investigated in the laboratory. These observations are important because if the location of hydrate in a sample were to change over time (e.g. by dissociating at one location and reforming at another), the properties of the sample that depend on hydrate saturation and pore space occupancy would also change. Observations of hydrate redistribution under stable conditions are also important in understanding natural hydrate deposits, as these may also change over time. The processes by which solid hydrate can move include dissociation, hydrate-former and water migration in the gas and liquid phases, and hydrate formation. Chemical potential gradients induced by temperature, pressure, and pore water or host sediment chemistry can drive these processes. A series of tests were performed on a formerly natural methane-hydrate-bearing core sample from the BPX-DOE-USGS Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well, in order to observe hydrate formation and morphology within this natural sediment, and changes over time using X-ray computed tomography (CT). Long-term observations (over several weeks) of methane hydrate in natural sediments were made to investigate spatial changes in hydrate saturation in the core. During the test sequence, mild buffered thermal and pressure oscillations occurred within the sample in response to laboratory temperature changes. These oscillations were small in magnitude, and conditions were maintained well within the hydrate stability zone.

  16. The 2011 Japanese 9.0 magnitude earthquake: Test of a kinetic energy wave model using coastal configuration and offshore gradient of Earth and beyond

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    Mahaney, William C.; Dohm, James M.

    2011-07-01

    Based on geological investigations of coastal geometry and stratigraphy, offshore gradient variation, wave velocity/energy, and quartz grain microtexture analysis of key sites inundated by tsunamis during the Holocene, we have developed a postulated model that could be used to assess modern and ancient onshore environmental conditions during tsunami emplacement. Given that tsunami waves can travel up to ~ 900 km/h, the kinetic energy of the wave is determined by frictional release on the offshore slope to seabed, nearshore sand and sediment supply, and coastal geomorphology, specifically coast linearity or embayments that constrict wave energy. With gentle offshore gradients and relatively linear coastlines, the kinetic energy of the tsunami is decreased by friction with the seabed and radiated outward along the coast, thus producing reduced flooding of the affected coast and fewer collisions of entrained grains. In contrast, steep offshore gradients reduce friction to mere milliseconds of wave impact, and embayments, specifically narrow coastal constrictions, increase wave energy, both of which increase on land run-up heights, and importantly to our proposed model, grain collision effects. Damage to quartz grains deposited by tsunamis along coastal extents ranges from slight on linear coasts with gentle offshore gradients to highly resurfaced mineral surfaces on coasts with steep offshore gradients and narrow embayments. Our model can be further tested through collection, analyses, and comparison of quartz grains in relatively low- and high-energy environments of the recently tsunami-impacted northeastern coast of Japan. For example, the location of the Fukushima nuclear plant along a linear coastline with a less steep offshore gradient may have attenuated the energy of the incoming wave, and thus yielding less resurfaced grains when compared to the coastline located to the north of Sendai City where coastal embayments of variable size coupled with steep offshore gradients would produce higher-energy waves of greater magnitude, as attested by greater penetration inland with considerable loss of life and property damage, and resulting highly deformed grain surfaces. The model could be applicable for assessing modern and ancient coastal environmental conditions on Earth and postulated ancient marine conditions on the Red Planet.

  17. Stratigraphic correlation for the IODP Expedition 347 - toward an integrated Baltic Sea Basin stratigraphy

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    Kotilainen, Aarno; Hyttinen, Outi; Andrén, Thomas; Cotterill, Carol; Hale, Walter; IODP Expedition 347 Science Party, the

    2014-05-01

    The IODP Expedition 347 - "Baltic Sea Paleoenvironment" completed in September - November 2013 (offshore phase) was the 5th and the final mission-specific platform (MSP) expedition of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program. The expedition used a geotechnical drillship, the Greatship Manisha equipped with a Geoquip Marine coring rig, to core and wireline-log several sub-basins within the Baltic Sea, aiming to produce new information on the history of the Baltic Sea and climate change during the last glacial cycle. During the IODP Expedition 347 altogether over 1900 meters were successfully drilled at 8 Sites (M0059 - M0067) in the Lille Belt, Kattegat, Ångermanälven Estuary, Landsort Deep, Hanö Basin and Bornholm Basin with core recovery of approximately 1600 m (expansion adjusted core recovery of 91.46%). In this presentation, we show the preliminary results of regional stratigraphic correlation and splice results for the Expedition. That information provides a solid base for stratigraphic and high-resolution paleoenvironmental studies. Stratigraphic correlation consisted of the following: (1) ensuring the maximum core recovery on site, (2) seismic-core (sedimentary facies) correlation and (3) generating composite depth scales and splice records to each site. To obtain a complete sedimentary record, multiple adjacent holes were cored with an offset in depth of 0.5-1.5 m between cores from different holes. The continuity of recovery was assessed by generating composite sections that align prominent features in physical property data from adjacent holes. With the information gained by Fast Track Multi-Sensor Core Logger (MSCL) data, it was possible to adjust coring plan before the new hole, to ensure that intervals missing in previous cores could be recovered from an adjacent hole. Correlation between seismic profiles and cores used a simple estimation sound velocity vs. sediment type. Acquired depth was tested by comparison with major core surfaces, downhole logs, and the MSCL data (density and magnetic susceptibility). This data integration required preliminary interpretation of sedimentary units and comparisons with physical property boundaries. To align similar features in physical (geological) properties between different holes (or even different sites), MSCL physical property measurements were correlated (using Correlator software), to create a composite depth (mcd) scale. Splice records were generated by selecting sections from adjacent holes to avoid core gaps or disturbed sediment, resulting in a continuous record. This formed the basis for onshore sediment sampling and post-cruise research.

  18. Eighteenth annual offshore technology conference. Volume 1

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    1986-01-01

    These sixty papers were given at a conference on offshore technology. Topics covered include friction effects of driving piles into sea beds of various compositions, wave forces on offshore platforms, stability, materials testing of various components such as plates, legs, wellheads, pipe joints, and protection of offshore platforms against ice and collision with icebergs.

  19. NaREC Offshore and Drivetrain Test Facility Collaboration: Cooperative Research and Development Final Report, CRADA Number CRD-04-140

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    Musial, W.

    2014-08-01

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the National Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC) in the United Kingdom (UK) have a mutual interest in collaborating in the development of full-scale offshore wind energy and drivetrain testing facilities. NREL and NaREC will work together to share resources and experiences in the development of future wind energy test facilities. This Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) includes sharing of test protocols, infrastructure cost data, test plans, pro forma contracting instruments, and safe operating strategies. Furthermore, NREL and NaREC will exchange staff for training and development purposes.

  20. Stratigraphic and structural data for the Conasauga Group and the Rome Formation on the Copper Creek fault block near Oak Ridge, Tennessee: preliminary results from test borehole ORNL-JOY No. 2

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    Haase, C.S.; Walls, E.C.; Farmer, C.D.

    1985-06-01

    To resolve long-standing problems with the stratigraphy of the Conasauga Group and the Rome Formation on the Copper Creek fault block near Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), an 828.5-m-deep test borehole was drilled. Continuous rock core was recovered from the 17.7- to 828.5-m-deep interval; temperature, caliper, neutron, gamma-ray, and acoustic (velocity and televiewer) logs were obtained. The Conasauga Group at the study site is 572.4 m thick and comprises six formations that are - in descending stratigraphic order - Maynardville Limestone (98.8 m), Nolichucky Shale (167.9 m), Maryville Limestone (141.1 m), Rogersville Shale (39.6 m), Rutledge Limestone (30.8 m), and Pumpkin Valley Shale (94.2 m). The formations are lithologically complex, ranging from clastics that consist of shales, mudstones, and siltstones to carbonates that consist of micrites, wackestones, packstones, and conglomerates. The Rome Formation is 188.1 m thick and consists of variably bedded mudstones, siltstones, and sandstones. The Rome Formation thickness represents 88.1 m of relatively undeformed section and 100.0 m of highly deformed, jumbled, and partially repeated section. The bottom of the Rome Formation is marked by a tectonic disconformity that occurs within a 46-m-thick, intensely deformed interval caused by motion along the Copper Creek fault. Results from this study establish the stratigraphy and the lithology of the Conasauga Group and the Rome Formation near ORNL and, for the first time, allow for the unambiguous correlation of cores and geophysical logs from boreholes elsewhere in the ORNL vicinity. 45 refs., 26 figs., 2 tabs.

  1. Singularity analysis: a tool for extracting lithologic and stratigraphic content from seismic data

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    Lyons, William J.

    2001-01-01

    In this work, we test an amplitude-independent method of seisimic data analysis designed to extract lithologic information about stratigraphic horizons. We apply the method of singularity characterization in an attempt to ...

  2. Application of TIMS data in stratigraphic analysis

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    Lang, H. R.

    1986-01-01

    An in-progress study demonstrates the utility of Thermal Infrared Multispectral Scanner (TIMS) data for unraveling the stratigraphic sequence of a western interior, North American foreland basin. The TIMS data can be used to determine the stratigraphic distribution of minerals that are diagnostic of specific depositional distribution. The thematic mapper (TM) and TIMS data were acquired in the Wind River/Bighorn area of central Wyoming in November 1982, and July 1983, respectively. Combined image processing, photogeologic, and spectral analysis methods were used to: map strata; construct stratigraphic columns; correlate data; and identify mineralogical facies.

  3. The scientific objectives and program of the Japanese offshore methane hydrate production test

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    Yamamoto, K.; Fujii, T.; Noguchi, S.; Nagao, J.

    2012-12-01

    A gas production attempt from deepwater marine methane hydrate deposits is planned in early 2013 in the AT1 site in the north slope Daini-Atsumi Knoll in the Eastern Nankai Trough. The scientific goal of this production test is to understand the behavior of methane hydrate dissociation under an in-situ condition. The program includes one to several weeks of gas flow by applying depressurization technique. Drilling operations for the production test started in February 2012 at the test location, and two monitoring boreholes and part of production well have been drilled and completed. Reservoir characterization study is an essential part of the science program. For this purpose, intensive geophysical logging and coring programs are included in the drilling program. The logging data were mainly obtained from a hole named AT1-MC. The well was drilled with LWD tools, wireline logging suits were run subsequently. Also pressure-preserved cores were recovered from methane hydrate-concentrated and overburden sections in a dedicated borehole (AT1-C). To keep the pressure and temperature of cores under gas hydrate stability condition all the time, pressure core analysis and transfer system (PCATS) was used. Also the PCATS-triaxial device that can make mechanical and physical property measurements possible under tri-axial effective stress conditions was utilized. The physical, hydraulic and mechanical properties obtained from core and log data will be used for modeling works, and given to the numerical simulator MH21-HYDRES for methane hydrate production modeling as input parameters for forward analysis and inversion (history matching) to understand the in-situ processes. The monitoring of the methane hydrate dissociation processes is another important subject. The two monitoring holes have temperature sensors to detect temperature drop and recovery due to gas hydrate dissociation and heat transfer. Also, one of the monitoring holes is kept re-accessible to allow cased-hole geophysical logging before and after the production test. A geophone array in an ocean bottom cable (OBC) will be deployed for a multi-component and time-lapse seismic survey on the seafloor. During the flow test, water and gas production rates, downhole temperature and pressure will be monitored. Comparison between actual well response and computed value from the numerical model will correct and improve our knowledge about reservoir characters and forecast of long-term productivity. JOGMEC, AIST and related scientists and engineers analyze the data to make unseen underground processes visible.;

  4. Aerodynamic Thrust Modelling in Wave Tank Tests of Offshore Floating Wind Turbines Using a Ducted Fan

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    Azcona, José; Bouchotrouch, Faisal; González, Marta; Garciandía, Joseba; Munduate, Xabier; Kelberlau, Felix; Nygaard, Tor A.

    2014-06-01

    Wave tank testing of scaled models is standard practice during the development of floating wind turbine platforms for the validation of the dynamics of conceptual designs. Reliable recreation of the dynamics of a full scale floating wind turbine by a scaled model in a basin requires the precise scaling of the masses and inertias and also the relevant forces and its frequencies acting on the system. The scaling of floating wind turbines based on the Froude number is customary for basin experiments. This method preserves the hydrodynamic similitude, but the resulting Reynolds number is much lower than in full scale. The aerodynamic loads on the rotor are therefore out of scale. Several approaches have been taken to deal with this issue, like using a tuned drag disk or redesigning the scaled rotor. This paper describes the implementation of an alternative method based on the use of a ducted fan located at the model tower top in the place of the rotor. The fan can introduce a variable force that represents the total wind thrust by the rotor. A system controls this force by varying the rpm, and a computer simulation of the full scale rotor provides the desired thrust to be introduced by the fan. This simulation considers the wind turbine control, gusts, turbulent wind, etc. The simulation is performed in synchronicity with the test and it is fed in real time by the displacements and velocities of the platform captured by the acquisition system. Thus, the simulation considers the displacements of the rotor within the wind field and the calculated thrust models the effect of the aerodynamic damping. The system is not able currently to match the effect of gyroscopic momentum. The method has been applied during a test campaign of a semisubmersible platform with full catenary mooring lines for a 6MW wind turbine in scale 1/40 at Ecole Centrale de Nantes. Several tests including pitch free decay under constant wind and combined wave and wind cases have been performed. Data from the experiments are compared with aero-servo-hydro-elastic computations with good agreement showing the validity of the method for the representation of the scaled aerodynamics. The new method for the aerodynamic thrust scaling in basin tests is very promising considering its performance, versatility and lower cost in comparison with other methods.

  5. Evaluation of production tests in oil wells stimulated by massive acid fracturing offshore Qatar

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    McDonald, S.W.

    1983-03-01

    This paper presents the evaluation of pressure-buildup data from production tests in wells that have been stimulated by massive acid fracturing. Fracture type curves are used in combination with conventional semilog analysis techniques. Fracture characteristics are calculated from a match of the early-time pressure data with the type curves, and reservoir characteristics are calculated from a conventional semilog plot of late-time data. Unexpectedly high formation permeabilities are evaluated, and fracture half-lengths are much shorter than design values.

  6. A Risk Analysis Methodology to Address Human and Organizational Factors in Offshore Drilling Safety: With an Emphasis on Negative Pressure Test

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    Tabibzadeh, Maryam

    According to the final Presidential National Commission report on the BP Deepwater Horizon (DWH) blowout, there is need to "integrate more sophisticated risk assessment and risk management practices" in the oil industry. Reviewing the literature of the offshore drilling industry indicates that most of the developed risk analysis methodologies do not fully and more importantly, systematically address the contribution of Human and Organizational Factors (HOFs) in accident causation. This is while results of a comprehensive study, from 1988 to 2005, of more than 600 well-documented major failures in offshore structures show that approximately 80% of those failures were due to HOFs. In addition, lack of safety culture, as an issue related to HOFs, have been identified as a common contributing cause of many accidents in this industry. This dissertation introduces an integrated risk analysis methodology to systematically assess the critical role of human and organizational factors in offshore drilling safety. The proposed methodology in this research focuses on a specific procedure called Negative Pressure Test (NPT), as the primary method to ascertain well integrity during offshore drilling, and analyzes the contributing causes of misinterpreting such a critical test. In addition, the case study of the BP Deepwater Horizon accident and their conducted NPT is discussed. The risk analysis methodology in this dissertation consists of three different approaches and their integration constitutes the big picture of my whole methodology. The first approach is the comparative analysis of a "standard" NPT, which is proposed by the author, with the test conducted by the DWH crew. This analysis contributes to identifying the involved discrepancies between the two test procedures. The second approach is a conceptual risk assessment framework to analyze the causal factors of the identified mismatches in the previous step, as the main contributors of negative pressure test misinterpretation. Finally, a rational decision making model is introduced to quantify a section of the developed conceptual framework in the previous step and analyze the impact of different decision making biases on negative pressure test results. Along with the corroborating findings of previous studies, the analysis of the developed conceptual framework in this paper indicates that organizational factors are root causes of accumulated errors and questionable decisions made by personnel or management. Further analysis of this framework identifies procedural issues, economic pressure, and personnel management issues as the organizational factors with the highest influence on misinterpreting a negative pressure test. It is noteworthy that the captured organizational factors in the introduced conceptual framework are not only specific to the scope of the NPT. Most of these organizational factors have been identified as not only the common contributing causes of other offshore drilling accidents but also accidents in other oil and gas related operations as well as high-risk operations in other industries. In addition, the proposed rational decision making model in this research introduces a quantitative structure for analysis of the results of a conducted NPT. This model provides a structure and some parametric derived formulas to determine a cut-off point value, which assists personnel in accepting or rejecting an implemented negative pressure test. Moreover, it enables analysts to assess different decision making biases involved in the process of interpreting a conducted negative pressure test as well as the root organizational factors of those biases. In general, although the proposed integrated research methodology in this dissertation is developed for the risk assessment of human and organizational factors contributions in negative pressure test misinterpretation, it can be generalized and be potentially useful for other well control situations, both offshore and onshore; e.g. fracking. In addition, this methodology can be applied for the analysis

  7. Ice interaction with offshore structures

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    Cammaert, A.B.; Muggeridge, D.B.

    1988-01-01

    Oil platforms and other offshore structures being built in the arctic regions must be able to withstand icebergs, ice islands, and pack ice. This reference explain the effect ice has on offshore structures and demonstrates design and construction methods that allow such structures to survive in harsh, ice-ridden environments. It analyzes the characteristics of sea ice as well as dynamic ice forces on structures. Techniques for ice modeling and field testing facilitate the design and construction of sturdy, offshore constructions. Computer programs included.

  8. Stratigraphic and sedimentological observations from seismic data across the Chicxulub impact basin

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    Bell, C.; Morgan, J. V.; Hampson, G. J.; Trudgill, B.

    2004-07-01

    Seismic data across the offshore half of the Chicxulub impact crater reveal a 145 km diameter post-impact basin to be a thickening of Tertiary sediment, which thickens by ~0.7 sec from the basin margin to the basin center. The basin existed long after the impact and was gradually infilled to its current flat surface. A suite of seismic horizons within the impact basin have been picked on four reflection lines across the crater. They reveal that the western and northwestern parts of the impact basin were filled first. Subsequently, there was a dramatic change in the depositional environment, indicated by an unconformable surface that can be mapped across the entire basin. A prograding shelf sequence downlaps onto this unconformity in the eastern basin. The seismic stratigraphic relationships suggest a marine regression, with sedimentation becoming gradually more passive as sediments fill the eastern part of the impact basin. The central and northeastern parts of the basin are filled last. The onshore hole Yaxcopoil-1 (Yax-1), which was drilled on the flanks of the southern basin, has been projected onto the offshore seismic data to the west of the crater center. Using dates obtained from this onshore well and regional data, approximate ages have been placed on the most significant horizons in the offshore seismic data. Our preliminary interpretation is that the western and northwestern basins were almost entirely filled by 40 Ma and that the marine regression observed in the eastern basin is early Miocene in age. Offshore seismic stratigraphic analyses and onshore data within Yax-1 suggest that the early Paleocene is highly attenuated across the impact basin. The Mesozoic section appears to be ~1 km thicker offshore than onshore. We calculate that, given this offshore thickening, the volume of Mesozoic rocks that have been excavated, melted, or vaporized during impact is around 15% larger than expected from calculations that assume the offshore thickness is equal to that onshore. This has significant consequences for any environmental calculations. The current offset between the K-T boundary outside and inside the crater is ~700 m. However, infilling of basins with sediments is usually accompanied by subsidence, and immediately following the impact, the difference would have been smaller. We calculate the original topographic offset on the K-T boundary to have been between 450 and 700 m, which is in agreement with depth diameter scaling laws for a mixed target.

  9. Offshore search continues despite disappointments

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    Cornitius, T.

    1985-05-01

    Exploration drilling activity in Australia broke records onshore in 1984, but offshore it was a different story. A total of 373 wells were drilled, onshore and offshore, with 266 labeled as wildcats and appraisals. Out of 80 wells drilled offshore last year, 43 were exploratory compared with 49 in 1983; 48 were oil wells, seven were gas, and 25 were dusters. Offshore discoveries included the Talisman 1 off the coast of Western Australia, which tested around 6000 b/d, and Challis 1 in the Timor Sea, which flowed at 5000 b/d. The failure to establish Jabiru in the Timor Sea as a major oil province like Bass Strait was a major disappointment. However, the Challis 1 was a relief since it indicated the presence of a commercial field adjacent to Jabiru.

  10. Stratigraphic Architecture and Paleomagnetic Reversal Stratigraphy

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    LeTourneau, Peter M.

    3 Stratigraphic Architecture and Paleomagnetic Reversal Stratigraphy of the Late Triassic is assigned a Late Triassic, Carnian to Norian age based on pollen, plants, and vertebrate fossils the Carnian age Doswell Group (revised and raised in rank), which includes the fluvial South Anna Formation

  11. Design, manufacturing and tests of first cryogen-free MgB2 prototype coils for offshore wind generators

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    Sarmiento, G.; Sanz, S.; Pujana, A.; Merino, J. M.; Iturbe, R.; Apiñaniz, S.; Nardelli, D.; Marino, I.

    2014-05-01

    Although renewable sector has started to take advantage of the offshore wind energy recently, the development is very intense. Turbines reliability, size, and cost are key aspects for the wind industry, especially in marine locations. A superconducting generator will allow a significant reduction in terms of weight and size, but cost and reliability are two aspects to deal with. MgB2 wire is presented as one promising option to be used in superconducting coils for wind generators. This work shows the experimental results in first cryogen-free MgB2 prototype coils, designed according to specific requirements of TECNALIA's wind generator concept.

  12. Preliminary Stratigraphic Basis for Geologic Mapping of Venus

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    Basilevsky, A. T.; Head, J. W.

    1993-01-01

    The age relations between geologic formations have been studied at 36 1000x1000 km areas centered at the dark paraboloid craters. The geologic setting in all these sites could be characterized using only 16 types of features and terrains (units). These units form a basic stratigraphic sequence (from older to younger: (1) Tessera (Tt); (2-3) Densely fractured terrains associated with coronae (COdf) and in the form of remnants among plains (Pdf); (4) Fractured and ridged plains (Pfr); (5) Plains with wrinkle ridges (Pwr); (6-7) Smooth and lobate plains (Ps/Pl); and (8) Rift-associated fractures (Fra). The stratigraphic position of the other units is determined by their relation with the units of the basic sequence: (9) Ridge bells (RB), contemporary with Pfr; (10-11) Ridges of coronae and arachnoids annuli (COar/Aar), contemporary with wrinkle ridges of Pwr; (12) Fractures of coronae annuli (COaf) disrupt Pwr and Ps/Pl; (13) Fractures (F) disrupt Pwr or younger units; (14) Craters with associated dark paraboloids (Cdp), which are on top of all volcanic and tectonic units except the youngest episodes of rift-associated fracturing and volcanism; (15-16) Surficial streaks (Ss) and surficial patches (Sp) are approximately contemporary with Cdp. These units may be used as a tentative basis for the geologic mapping of Venus including VMAP. This mapping should test the stratigraphy and answer the question of whether this stratigraphic sequence corresponds to geologic events which were generally synchronous all around the planet or whether the sequence is simply a typical sequence of events which occurred in different places at diffferent times.

  13. Stratigraphic framework of productive carbonate buildups

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    Greenlee, S.M.; Lehmann, P.J. )

    1990-05-01

    Hydrocarbon-productive carbonate buildups are found within a relatively narrow window of geologic time and stratigraphic settings. Because buildups are common exploration objectives in frontier and mature basins, an understanding of their stratigraphic occurrence permits them to be more accurately explored. Based on a worldwide survey, most production occurs in isolated periods of geologic time: Middle Silurian-Late Silurian, late Middle and Late Devonian, Late Pennsylvanian and Early Permian, Late Cretaceous, Paleocene, and Miocene. The authors results suggest that many factors of successful buildup plays are predictable on the basis of geohistory analysis and of basin-filling stratal patterns. Deposition of extensive source beds and thick buildups coincide with second-order eustatic rises. Other primary controls on the temporal distribution of buildups include reef-building organism type, mineralogy, and paleolatitude. Geohistory analysis indicates that periods immediately prior to or during the earliest portion of rapid increases of accommodation correspond to times of productive buildup growth. During this time, shelf margins step landward and buildups become progressively more areally restricted. Buildups eventually are unable to keep pace with high rates of accommodation increase and often are overlain by distal toes of clinoforms within regressive wedges deposited during subsequent periods with lower rates of accommodation increase. The result is a stratigraphic juxtaposition of mounded reservoir carbonate and deep-marine sealing shale. This basin-fill position accounts for over 70% of known buildup-reservoired hydrocarbons. Buildups deposited in overlying regressive wedges are often lower relief and prone to seal problems.

  14. MODELLING THE VERTICAL WIND SPEED AND TURBULENCE INTENSITY PROFILES AT PROSPECTIVE OFFSHORE WIND FARM SITES

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    Heinemann, Detlev

    important for offshore wind energy utilisation are discussed and tested: Four models for the surface of wind energy utilisation at least in Europe will come from offshore sites. The first large offshore windMODELLING THE VERTICAL WIND SPEED AND TURBULENCE INTENSITY PROFILES AT PROSPECTIVE OFFSHORE WIND

  15. Complex Stratigraphic Evolution of the Red Sea

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    Almalki, Khalid A.; Mahmud, Syed A.

    2015-04-01

    The Red Sea rift, separates the African and the Arabian continents, and is considered a type location of a juvenile rift-related small ocean. Geological studies and drilling programs date back to more than half a century yet very little is known about the stratigraphic evolution to the wider geological community. Following the arrival of the Afar plume at the late Oligocene (ca 30 Ma) the southern Red Sea underwent rapid extension culminating in extended continental crust or seafloor spreading, which stalled during the early Miocene at the central Red Sea due to either slowing of the convergence between Arabia and Eurasia or the onset of the Arabian plate passive margin collision with Eurasia. The mainland pan of the region was uplifted, resulting in the development of the Red Sea erosional escarpment. Shelf sedimentation (Middle-late Miocene to Pleistocene successions) then ensued and covered oceanic and continental crust. The present day spreading centre resumed in the southern Red Sea at 5 Ma and has been propagating northward until the present-day. However, detailed analysis of the basin shows a more complex pattern of basin development with late Oligocene succession restricted to the western Red Sea coast and the southern sectors. Well data suggest that up to 4 km of sediments exist in the southern Red Sea shallowing upward to the northern sector; 3 km or more of this section consists of Miocene evaporates, which contains intercalated anhydrite and shale horizons. These Miocene evaporates are overlain by Quaternary reefal limestone, and recent volcanic rocks restricted to the central axial trough zone of the Red Sea. In this study extensive well data that is well spread in the area was used to evaluate the stratigraphic architecture, build-ups, and local controls on deposition. Potential stratigraphic models have been developed. The distribution of stratigraphy in the Red Sea area yields complex correlation, with unique depositional characteristics in discrete zones within the Red Sea basin.

  16. Stratigraphic Paleobiology of the Taranto Area

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    Scarponi, Daniele; Angeletti, Lorenzo; Taviani, Marco; Huntley, John Warren; Amorosi, Alessandro; Negri, Alessandra; Battista Vai, Gian

    2015-04-01

    The area surrounding Taranto, Italy is chronostratigraphically very important, as it is one of the few areas in the world where Upper Pleistocene marine successions are well exposed, easily accessible, and relatively thick. Several outcrops in this area were investigated as suitable marine sections for defining the Late Pleistocene GSSP. At these locations, the late Pleistocene bathymetric history of the Taranto area was depicted using macrobenthic assemblages from a network of outcrops and cores. Outcrops at Pontile, Fronte, and Garitta, along with two cores drilled at Cimino and Cantoro were densely sampled to conduct quantitatively-derived paleobathymetric reconstructions. These deposits yielded relatively diverse mollusk associations (> 250 species and > 9.000 specimens distributed among 55 samples), dominated by extant mollusk species of known bathymetric distribution. Multiple analytical approaches were applied to the macrobenthic dataset in a comparative fashion: (i) direct calibration by weighted averaging of taxa with known preferred depth recovered in a sample, (ii) posteriori-calibrated ordination (DCA) using bathymetric data of key extant taxa. These analyses were conducted at both species and genus level. Regardless of the choice of the analytical method, mollusk assemblages yielded bathymetric trends congruent with previous qualitative and semi-quantitative paleoecological and stratigraphic analyses: the bathymetric range of sampled deposits is bracketed between 140 and 0 meters. Secondly, macrobenthos-derived proxies provided an improved characterization of the marine deposits in terms of sample bathymetry and by discriminating shallowing-upward (regressive) trends from deepening-upward (transgressive) tendencies. Thirdly, mollusk-derived bathymetric inferences suggest spatial bathymetric gradients that are coherent with the morphology of the study area. In conclusion, the results provided an improved characterization of coastal depositional facies in a sequence stratigraphic perspective, which is one of the primary research goals of Stratigraphic Paleobiology.

  17. Europa's Northern Trailing Hemisphere: Lineament Stratigraphic Framework

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    Figueredo, P. H.; Hare, T.; Ricq, E.; Strom, K.; Greeley, R.; Tanaka, K.; Senske, D.

    2004-01-01

    Knowledge of the global distribution of Europan geologic units in time and space is a necessary step for the synthesis of the results of the Galileo mission and in preparation for future exploration (namely, by JIMO) of the satellite. We have initiated the production of the first Global Geological Map of Europa. As a base map, we use the recently published global photomosaic of Europa (U.S.G.S. Map I-2757) and additional Galileo SSI images at their original resolution. The map is being produced entirely on GIS format for analysis and combination with other datasets [1]. One of the main objectives of this project is to establish a global stratigraphic framework for Europa. In the absence of a well-developed cratering record, this goal will be achieved using the satellite s global network of lineaments (ridges, ridge complexes and bands; cf. [2]). Here we present the preliminary stratigraphic framework synthesized from the sequence of lineaments derived for the northern trailing hemisphere of Europa (Figure 1, below), and we discuss its significance and some emerging implications.

  18. Sedimentary sequence of offshore southeastern US: preliminary study based on exploration wells

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    Libby-French, J.

    1984-04-01

    In 1982, geologic data from the exploratory wells in the offshore southeastern US were released to the public. Prior to this time, well data were limited the the COST (Continental Offshore Stratigraphic Test) GE-1 well, the first deep-penetration well, which was completed in 1977. Six additional exploration wells were completed thereafter. Although these wells were dry holes, information provided by them has contributed to the geologic interpretation of the Atlantic margin. The oldest rocks penetrated by these wells are Paleozoic indurated shale and argillite, sandstone and weakly metamorphosed quartzite, and igneous rocks. The post-Paleozoic section ranges from 2220 to 3660 m (7280 to 12,000 ft) thick at the well sites, but seismic data indicate that equivalent section thickens to 10-12 km (6-7 mi) beneath the Blake plateau. The Lower Cretaceous through Cenozoic section represents a progression from nonmarine and marginal marine to marine sedimentation. Three main units are recognized: lower siliciclastic, middle calcareous mudstone, and upper limestone. The siliciclastic unit consists of interbedded gray to red-brown sandstone, siltstone, and shale with some conglomerate, coal, evaporites, and carbonate rocks. Based on petrographic examination, the sandstone compositions, vary between arkose, litharenite, and quartz arenite. Calcareous clay and shale (grading to shaly limestone) overlie the siliciclastic rocks. The upper limestone contains chert, oolites, and shell fragments and ranges in composition from micrite to sparite. By comparing these units to the onshore Georgia sedimentary section, regional lithofacies trends that can be useful for future exploration are recognized.

  19. CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING Offshore Wind

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    Firestone, Jeremy

    CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING Offshore Wind Lessons Learned from Europe: Reducing Costs and Creating Jobs Thursday, June 12, 2014 Capitol Visitors Center, Room SVC 215 Enough offshore wind capacity to power six the past decade. What has Europe learned that is applicable to a U.S. effort to deploy offshore wind off

  20. Detecting cycles in stratigraphic data: Spectral analysis in the presence of red noise

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    Vaughan, S.; Bailey, R. J.; Smith, D. G.

    2011-12-01

    We discuss the detection of cyclic signals in stratigraphic `time series' using spectral methods. The dominant source of variance in the stratigraphic record is red noise, which greatly complicates the process of searching for weak periodic signals. We highlight two issues that are more significant than generally appreciated. The first is the lack of a correction for `multiple tests' - many independent frequencies are examined for periods but using a significance test appropriate for examination of a single frequency. The second problem is the poor choice of null hypothesis used to model the spectrum of non-periodic variations. Stratigraphers commonly assume the noise is a first-order autoregressive process - the AR(1) model - which in practice often gives a very poor match to real data; a fact that goes largely unnoticed because model checking is rarely performed. These problems have the effect of raising the number of false positives far above the expected rate, to the extent that the literature on spatial stratigraphic cycles is dominated by false positives. In turn these will distort the construction of astronomically calibrated timescales, lead to inflated estimates of the physical significance of deterministic forcing of the climate and depositional processes in the pre-Neogene, and may even bias models of solar system dynamics on very long timescales. We make suggestions for controlling the false positive rate, and emphasize the value of Monte Carlo simulations to validate and calibrate analysis methods.

  1. Stratigraphic data for wells at and near the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, Idaho

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    Anderson, S.R.; Ackerman, D.J.; Liszewski, M.J.; Frieburger, R.M.

    1996-05-01

    A stratigraphic data base containing 230 stratigraphic units in 333 wells was constructed for deposits that make up the unsaturated zone and the Snake River Plain aquifer at and near INEL in eastern Idaho. Stratigraphic units, which were identified and correlated using data from numerous outcrops, 26 continuous cores, and 328 natural-gamma logs available in Dec. 1993, include 121 basalt-flow groups, 102 sedimentary interbeds, 6 andesite-flow groups, and 1 rhyolite dome. By volume, basalt flows make up about 90% of the deposits underlying most of this 890 mi{sup 2} area. Basalt, sediment, andesite, and rhyolite were identified from outcrops and cores that were selectively evaluated. Stratigraphic units were correlated using these data and natural-gamma logs. Best correlations were for basalt and sediment at Test Area North, the Naval Reactors Area, the Test Reactor Area, ICPP, and the Radioactive Waste Management Complex (RWMC), where most cores and 2/3 of the logs were obtained. Correlations range from good at the RWMC to uncertain the eastern half of the study area. A computer diskette containing the data is included.

  2. Offshore Essaouira basin: Geology and hydrocarbon potential

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    Jabour, H.; Ait Salem, A. )

    1991-03-01

    The study area lies in the offshore extension of the onshore Essaouria basin. The Mesozoic development of the Essaouira margin was largely controlled by Late Triassic to Mid-Jurassic rifting and subsequent opening of the Central Atlantic, with the evolution of a typical passive, opening of the Central Atlantic, with the evolution of a typical passive, continental margin. Diapiric salt structure recognized on seismic defines a Late Triassic-Early Jurassic salt basin in the offshore area initiated during early rifting. Subsidence and sea-level rise during Jurassic resulted in carbonate platform development. This was followed during Cretaceous and Tertiary time by the deposition of a prograding siliciclastic system. Only three wells have been drilled in this basin. Although drilled on poorly defined prospects, these wells encountered gas and oil shows. Fairly extensive seismic coverage of good quality data is now available. A study based on an integrated approach involving seismic facies definition and mapping, correlation with well data, identification of the principal control on sedimentation, and basin modeling in conjunction with source rock prediction and maturity modeling has been carried out. Results have shown that hydrocarbon potential in the offshore Essaouira basin has not yet been substantiated by drilling. Attractive structural and stratigraphic prospects exist in the shelf, shelf edge, and the slope, and await confirmation by drilling.

  3. Offshore oil prospects improve

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    The issues, prospects, and environmental concerns about drilling for offshore oil and gas are being seen in a different light than at any other time during the past decade. Exploration drilling on offshore locations is proceeding at a high rate, and environmental concerns, while recognized as real, appear to be a lot less worrisome than might have been predicted a decade ago. Part of the reason for the changes in levels of concern results from the close monitoring programs that have been in effect for the past few years. Paul R. Ryan of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution recently described exploration activities on Georges Bank: “We now have the results of the first year of monitoring, and, although eight wells are considered a minimal observational test, there were no biological changes in the benthic community that could be attributed to drilling activity.” (Oceanus, 26, 2, 1983). The U.S. Geological Survey studied the Georges Bank drilling activities as well. Barium from drilling muds was detected at the sites, but in decreasing concentrations at distances away from drilling rigs. There was no evidence that the discharges caused biological changes. According to Ryan: “Postdrilling concentrates of barium were found to be within the range of predilling concentrations measured at other locations on the Bank. Concentrations of other metals measured were low and characteristic of unpolluted, coarse-grained sediment in other Continental Shelf areas.”

  4. Tectonic-stratigraphic division and blind fold structures in Nansha Waters, South China Sea

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    Yan, Pin; Liu, Hailing

    2004-12-01

    Extensive multiple-channel reflection seismic data have been collected in the Nansha (Spratley Islands) Waters, the southern margin of the South China Sea. Stratigraphic correlation is shown with focus on a comprehensive geophysiXcal survey line run from offshore NW Sabah to offshore SE Vietnam. According to the varying tectono-stratigraphy from southeast to northwest, five tectonic belts can be determined, i.e. the Palawan-Borneo Nappe, Nansha Trough, Nanwei-Liyue Compressive Belt, Zheng'he Extensional Belt and the Circum-Southwest Subbasin Belt. In the Palawan-Borneo Nappe, Neogene-Quaternary deposits were highly upthrust northwestwards, resulting in a series of moderately to tightly folded anticlines separated by open synclines. The Nansha Trough was a narrow, deep-water belt filled with thick, undisturbed Neogene-Quaternary deposits. The Nanwei-Liyue Compressive Belt was dominated by strongly folded paleo-anticlines overlain by an undeformed sedimentary cap with a pronounced hiatus of Paleogene sediments. The Zheng'he Extensional Belt consisted of a rugged topography and Paleogene half-grabens bounded by listic faults. The major extensional faults were reactivated to cut through the overlying Neogene-Quaternary deposits. Over the Circum-Southwest Subbasin Belt, Neogene-Quaternary deposits draped on the largely subsided fault blocks related to the Late Oligocene-Mid-Miocene seafloor spreading. Based on the regional stratigraphic correlation, the prominent paleo-anticlines found within the Nanwei-Liyue Compressive Belt are deduced to consist of mainly Mesozoic marine sediments that were compressed in the Late Mesozoic Era. Therefore, the Nansha Microcontinent Block is shown to be a collision complex assembled during Late Mesozoic Era.

  5. Drilling and data acquisition programs for the methane hydrate offshore production test in the Eastern Nankai Trough

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    Yamamoto, K.; Fujii, T.

    2013-12-01

    Marine methane hydrates are a matter of scientific interests from various viewpoints such as a key player of global carbon cycle, effects on climate change, cause of seafloor instability, and a possible future energy resource. Under the Japanese national research program, the MH21 research consortium (Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation and National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) has conducted survey operations and subsequent analyses of data and samples from methane hydrate-bearing sediments in the Eastern Nankai Trough. The goal of the project was a gas production test from a methane hydrate deposits in sandy intervals of Pleistocene turbidite sediments. The test location was set in Daini Atsumi Knoll that is a ridge between forearc basin and accretionary prism, and the sediments cover the flank of the knoll. The water depth at the test location is approximately 1000m, and 50m thick methane hydrate concentrated zone exists around 300m below seafloor. The main interest of the MH21 research team is to know physical (thermal, hydraulic, and mechanical) parameters of sediments that are necessary to understand gas hydrate dissociation processes during the production test. Core samples and geophysical logging data obtained during past surveys are utilized for this purpose. Sedimentation and tectono-geophysical conditions govern such material properties, so the samples were analyzed from those viewpoints, too. The first drilling at the location was done in 2004 with logging and coring operation including pressure-conserved core sampling. In 2011, shallow geotechnical survey holes were drilled in the area for geo-hazard assessment, and core samples were taken in the holes, along with some in-situ mechanical and hydraulic testings. In early 2012, a well construction operation for the gas production test was conducted with logging operations that contains neutron porosity data using pulse-neutron devices, magnetic resonance log, etc. A core sampling operation followed in the middle of 2012 using an improved pressure-coring tool and analysis devices. In the March of 2013, the gas production attempt was started using 'depressurization method,' in which liquid in the wellbore was removed by downhole pump to drawdown pore pressure in the formation. The test was accomplished with six day methane gas production. Gas flow rate from the single borehole by depressurization procedure (original 13.5MPa to 4.5MPa at the bottom of the borehole) could provid 20,000Sm3/day gas before the test was forced to terminate due to a sand production problem. An intensive monitoring program accompanied with the test, including two monitoring borehole for time-lapse cased-hole logging and temperature measurements. Moreover, multi-component and time-lapse seismic survey was done using an ocean bottom cable. The taken flow rate, pressure and temperature data, and gas, liquid and solid samples are under detailed analyses to understand the response of methane hydrates in the sediments against depressurization operation, and may provide knowledge of hydrogeology and thermodynamics information of the methane hydrate bearing strata. Some detailed study results are presented in this session and posters.

  6. Tectonic and stratigraphic evolution in South Alboran Sea (Morocco)

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    D'Acremont, E.; Gorini, C.; El Abbassi, M.; Farran, M.; Leroy, S.; Mercier De Lepinay, B. F.; Migeon, S.; Poort, J.; Ammar, A.; Smit, J.; Ercilla, G.; Alonso, B.; Scientific Team of the Marlboro project

    2011-12-01

    The Alboran Basin, in western Mediterranean, concentrates on a relatively small surface and densely-populated, a large structural complexity linked to seismic activity with recurrent mass-transport deposits that may trigger tsunamis. It was formed by Oligo-Miocene extension while tectonic inversion occurred since the Late Miocene (Tortonian) due to the African-European collision. This North-South compression produces a conjugated fault system located in the central area from Al Hoceima to Andalusia. Numerous instabilities are linked to the recent and present-day seismic activity and show the link between seismicity and erosion-sedimentation processes. On the Andalusia margin the active structures have been identified and recently mapped in detail by using MBES data (including backscatter), and high-resolution seismic data. Such detailed studies have not yet been carried out on the Moroccan margin. The Marlboro-1 oceanographic cruise (R/V Côtes de la Manche, July 2011) has imaged and constrained active structures and associated sedimentary systems through seismic reflection data (MCS). The Xauen/Tofino banks (growth folds), the Alboran Ridge, and the Al Hoceima basin offshore Morocco have been selected because they constitute key-study areas that record a complete deformation history since the Tortonian. Active features including faults, growth folds, channels, mass transport deposits, contourites and volcanoes has provided first order tectonic and sedimentary markers of the basin's evolution. A high chrono-stratigraphical resolution will constitute the basis for reconstructing the evolution of this tectonically active area marked by strong seismic activity. The Marlboro-1 cruise will allow determining key-study area of the Marlboro-2 cruise scheduled for 2012 (R/V Téthys-II, CNFC Call). These cruises should allow for the acquisition of data necessary to characterize basin morphology, active tectonic and sedimentary structures and also make the link with existing 2D seismic lines that image deeper structures. The Marlboro proposals are linked to the international MerAlbo and SARAS cruises (Ifremer-IPEV-IRD and Eurofleets proposals), the French Termex CNRS Program, Actions Marges research group, and the Spanish and European programs Contouriber and Topomed. The aim of these cruises is to acquire a full geophysical and geological dataset to allow increase our knowledge and understanding of the tectonic and sedimentary processes acting at different spatial and temporal scales that are responsible for creating potentially catastrophic events such as earthquakes, slope failures and consequently tsunamis.

  7. Offshore yearbook, 1987

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1987-01-01

    This book is an annual compilation of information and articles on offshore petroleum operations. It includes an industry analysis, engineering highlights, a news review of the Western Hemisphere, and an industry outlook for 1987. It provides survey information on deepwater wells, worldwide offshore daily oil production, producing fields by country, and international offshore well count. It also contains mobile rig statistics, including rig scrappings, rig name changes, cold-stacked and for-sale units, and unit types.

  8. Stratigraphic evolution of paleozoic erathem, northern Florida

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    Coleman, J.L. Jr.

    1985-02-01

    Unmetamorphosed Paleozoic sedimentary and volcanic rocks have been drilled in numerous wells throughout northern Florida and southern Georgia, in what is today a gently folded and block-faulted relict continental fragment of northwest Africa and northeast South America. Stratigraphic and lithologic equivalents of these North American Paleozoic units are prolific hydrocarbon producers in North Africa. The northern Florida Paleozoic sediments were deposited on Pan-African and Cadoman basement. Widespread continental glaciation from late Precambrian to Early Cambrian introduced a thick sequence of fine-grained marine sandstones (glacial flour), which overlie medium to coarse-grained glaciofluvial sandstones. Basinward of the sand shelf, the accretion of a volcanic island arc complex began during the Ordovician. A fluctuating transgression, accompanying a major glacial minimum, brought open-marine, graptolitic, black shales onto the sand shelf, producing an interbedded shoreface-shelf sand and black shale section during the Middle and Late Ordovician. At the Ordovician-Silurian boundary, renewed continental glaciation lowered sea level, producing a widespread unconformity. A Late Silurian major marine transgression returned black, graptolitic, highly organic shales onto the sand shelf. Devonian deltaic sands from Avalonia(.) to the north and the craton to the south closed the Paleozoic sedimentary record of northern Florida.

  9. Tectono-stratigraphic terrane map of Alaska

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    Nokleberg, W.J.; Brew, D.A.; Grantz, A.; Plafker, G.; Moore, T.E.; Patton, W.W. Jr. ); Mollstalcup, E.J. ); Miller, T.P. )

    1993-04-01

    A new terrane map compelled at a scale of 2.5 million is a comprehensive portrayal of the major tectono-stratigraphic terranes, pre-accretionary plutonic rocks, faults or sutures that bound terranes, and younger overlap sedimentary , volcanic, and plutonic assemblages of Alaska. Terranes are divided by tectonic affinity into cratonal, passive continental margin, metamorphosed continental margin, continental margin arc, island arc, oceanic crust, sea mount, ophiolite, accretionary wedge, subduction zone, turbidite basin, and metamorphic environments. Overlap assemblages consist of sequences of sedimentary, volcanic, and plutonic rocks that link or weld together adjacent terranes after emplacement, and provide important constraints on the timing of tectonic juxtaposition. Groups of terranes and overlap assemblages, with similar tectonic environments and geologic histories, can be correlated within Alaska and into the adjacent Canadian Cordillera. These groups include: (1) highly deformed and metamorphosed continental margin terranes (Seward, Coldfoot, Ruby, Yukon-Tanana, Kootenay) that are interpreted either as displaced fragments of the North American or other continental margins; (2) ophiolite terranes (Angayucham, Tozitna, Inoko, Seventymile, Slide Mountain) that are interpreted as remnants of one or more major, long-lived, Paleozoic and early Mesozoic oceanic basins; (3) Jurassic and Early Cretaceous island arc terranes (Koyukuk, Togiak, Nyac) that are interpreted as remnants of a discontinuous, short-lived, Mesoxoic island arc system; and (4) the Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous Kahiltna and Gravina-Nutzotin overlap assemblages that are interpreted as parts of a major arc and flysch sequence.

  10. Economics of Developing Hot Stratigraphic Reservoirs

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    Greg Mines; Hillary Hanson; Rick Allis; Joseph Moore

    2014-09-01

    Stratigraphic geothermal reservoirs at 3 – 4 km depth in high heat-flow basins are capable of sustaining 100 MW-scale power plants at about 10 c/kWh. This paper examines the impacts on the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) of reservoir depth and temperature, reservoir productivity, and drillhole/casing options. For a reservoir at 3 km depth with a moderate productivity index by hydrothermal reservoir standards (about 50 L/s/MPa, 5.6 gpm/psi), an LCOE of 10c/kWh requires the reservoir to be at about 200°C. This is the upper temperature limit for pumps. The calculations assume standard hydrothermal drilling costs, with the production interval completed with a 7 inch liner in an 8.5 inch hole. If a reservoir at 4 km depth has excellent permeability characteristics with a productivity index of 100 L/s/MPa (11.3 gpm/psi), then the LCOE is about 11 c/kWh assuming the temperature decline rate with development is not excessive (< 1%/y, with first thermal breakthrough delayed by about 10 years). Completing wells with modest horizontal legs (e.g. several hundred meters) may be important for improving well productivity because of the naturally high, sub-horizontal permeability in this type of reservoir. Reducing the injector/producer well ratio may also be cost-effective if the injectors are drilled as larger holes.

  11. The stratigraphic distribution of large marine vertebrates and shell beds in the Pliocene of Tuscany

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    Dominici, Stefano; Benvenuti, Marco; Danise, Silvia

    2015-04-01

    The record of 337 shark fossils, 142 cetaceans and 10 sea cows from the Pliocene of Tuscany, mostly from historical museum collections, is revised. The majority of these fossils are concentrated at a few geographic sites from separated hinterland basins, on the South-Western side of the Northern Apennines. To better understand the meaning of these concentrations, the sequence stratigraphic distribution of more recent findings of large marine vertebrates is reconstructed against a high-resolution framework based on sedimentary facies analysis. These remains are usually covered by, or included in mudstones deposited far from the coast (N=12), skeletons being usually articulated, slightly displaced, and often bioeroded. A minor part of better preserved articulated skeletons is associated with sandstones from deltaic paleonenvironments (N=2). Marine mammal and shark remains may be associated with laterally-continuous shell accumulations, a type of concentration occurring at maximum flooding surfaces, separating relatively coarse-grained facies from open marine mudstones. Shell beds were bulk-sampled at 66 locations from six basins, covering a wide range of sedimentary facies, and spanning a chronologic interval of about 2.5 million years. A dataset of 62,655 mollusc specimens belonging to 496 species formed the basis of a statistical study to reconstruct the structure of the benthic communities, and to estimate paleodepths from intertidal to upper bathyal settings. Mollusc associations closely mirror the distribution of sedimentary facies, allowing for a fine tuning of the sequence stratigraphic architecture. Merging paleogeographic, stratigraphic and paleoecologic data, we conclude that the more abundant and diverse accumulations of large vertebrates took place in settings under the influence of coastal upwelling. A modern analogue occurs today in the Ligurian Sea, on the Tuscan offshore, where abundant nutrients carried by deep-marine currents of Western origin, within an otherwise oligotrophic Mediterranean Sea, sustain a rich and diverse cetacean and shark, epipelagic and mesopelagic community. The modern steep bathymetric gradient was displaced towards the East during the Pliocene, before the latest phases of uplift of the Northern Apennines. An open marine, nutrient-rich ecosystem influenced hinterland basins during major transgressive pulses, leading to a higher productivity and the formation of laterally-continuos accumulations of biogenic hard parts. A comparison with the few available studies on the sequence-stratigraphic distribution of large marine vertebrates and shell beds suggests that a model integrating high-productivity and sea level rise, favouring bone bed and shell bed formation, can be applied at other settings, and other geologic intervals.

  12. The stratigraphic filter and bias in measurement of geologic rates

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    Schumer, Rina; Jerolmack, Douglas; McElroy, Brandon

    2011-01-01

    Erosion and deposition rates estimated from the stratigraphic record frequently exhibit a power-law dependence on measurement interval. This dependence can result from a power-law distribution of stratigraphic hiatuses. By representing the stratigraphic filter as a stochastic process called a reverse ascending ladder, we describe a likely origin of power-law hiatuses, and thus, rate scaling. While power-law hiatuses in certain environments can be a direct result of power-law periods of stasis (no deposition or erosion), they are more generally the result of randomness in surface fluctuations irrespective of mean subsidence or uplift. Autocorrelation in fluctuations can make hiatuses more or less heavy-tailed, but still exhibit power-law characteristics. In addition we show that by passing stratigraphic data backward through the filter, certain statistics of surface kinematics from their formative environments can be inferred.

  13. The stratigraphic filter and bias in measurement of geologic rates

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Schumer, R.; Jerolmack, D.; McElroy, B.

    2011-01-01

    Erosion and deposition rates estimated from the stratigraphic record frequently exhibit a power-law dependence on measurement interval. This dependence can result from a power-law distribution of stratigraphic hiatuses. By representing the stratigraphic filter as a stochastic process called a reverse ascending ladder, we describe a likely origin of power-law hiatuses, and thus, rate scaling. While power-law hiatuses in certain environments can be a direct result of power-law periods of stasis (no deposition or erosion), they are more generally the result of randomness in surface fluctuations irrespective of mean subsidence or uplift. Autocorrelation in fluctuations can make hiatuses more or less heavy-tailed, but still exhibit power-law characteristics. In addition we show that by passing stratigraphic data backward through the filter, certain statistics of surface kinematics from their formative environments can be inferred. Copyright ?? 2011 by the American Geophysical Union.

  14. Carbon dioxide dissolution in structural and stratigraphic traps

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    Hesse, M. A.

    The geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide (CO[subscript 2]) in structural and stratigraphic traps is a viable option to reduce anthropogenic emissions. While dissolution of the CO[subscript 2] stored in these traps ...

  15. Submarine fans in a sequence stratigraphic framework

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    Posamentier, H.W.; Erskine, R.D.; Mitchum, R.M.; Vail, P.R.

    1987-05-01

    Submarine fans are fan- or cone-shaped turbiditic deposits formed in upper bathyal or deeper water depths. Within a sequence stratigraphic framework, these basin-floor turbidites can occur during lowstand-fan or lowstand-wedge systems tract time. During lowstand fan time, streams are rejuvenated and depocenters shift from the coastal plain to the upper slope, causing retrogradational slope failure and canyon formation. The sediment delivered here bypasses the canyon and continues down the slope as a succession of gravity flows and is deposited as fan-shaped turbiditic deposits at the base of the slope. Seismic and outcrop evidence suggest that these sand-prone deposits are abruptly introduced into the basin and are generally characterized by subtle external mounding and internal bidirectionally down lapping seismic reflections where seismically resolvable. Deep-water sediment deposited during this interval has no coeval shelf equivalent. During lowstand wedge time, streams cease down cutting and valleys which have been freshly incised begin to fill. Because coarse sediment will preferentially be deposited within these incised valleys, the sand-to-mud ratio delivered to the upper slope will be decreased and, consequently, there is an inherent difference between submarine fans deposited at this time and those deposited during lowstand fan time. Deposition during lowstand wedge time is characterized seismically by slope front fill or wedge-shaped geometries down lapping the earlier submarine fan (i.e., deposited during lowstand fan time). These shale-prone deposits are largely comprised of thinner-bedded turbidites as well as the occasional leveed channel.

  16. Stratigraphic evolution of Blake Outer Ridge

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    Markl, R.G.; Bryan, G.M.

    1983-04-01

    Multichannel seismic data from a reconnaissance survey of the Blake Outer Ridge reveal the seismic stratigraphy down to oceanic basement, as well as intracrustal and mantle reflections. The depositional history of the outer ridge can now be subdivided into four principal phases, based on seismic stratigraphic style: (1) Jurassic-Early Cretaceous sedimentation which filled in basement irregularities and leveled the sea floor by horizon ..beta.. (Barremian) time, (2) Early Cretaceous-Late Cretaceous deposition of a seaward-thinning wedge typical of Atlantic-type margins; its deeply eroded surface is probably equivalent to the Late Cretaceous-Miocene hiatus reflected by horizon A'', (3) earlies Miocene current-controlled deposits preferentially deposited along the axis of the incipient Blake Outer Ridge; these prograding strata, which thin and dip downridge and laterally away from the ridge axis, are attributed to the interaction of the Florida Current and Western Boundary Undercurrent, and (4) continuing early Miocene preferential deposition on the ridge axis and sculpting by the Western Boundary Undercurrent; this phase is characterized by strata thinning and dipping upridge and toward the ridge axis. The reversal of dip is explained to a first approximation by a steady-state contour-current model in which the current position is progressively shifted by the deposition. Five angular unconformities and associated bathymetric terraces west of the ridge crest are mapped using all Lamont-Doherty seismic data and interpreted as having formed penecontemporaneously during phase four. The areal extent of the gas hydrate (clathrate) horizon is also delineated; it is continuous across the northern Blake Outer Ridge, and the multichannel seismic data presented here show it to extend onto the shallow Blake Plateau as well.

  17. Hydrocarbon exploration evaluation of Pulley Ridge area, offshore south Florida basin

    SciTech Connect

    Faulkner, B.M.; Applegate, A.V.

    1986-09-01

    The results of an extensive geologic and geophysical evaluation of the Pulley Ridge area in the offshore South Florida basin, eastern Gulf of Mexico, indicate that this area contains all critical factors needed for considerable hydrocarbon accumulations to develop. Geologic well evaluation, both onshore and offshore, confirms the presence of at least four viable potential carbonate reservoir units in the Lower Cretaceous section. Organically rich oil-prone carbonate rocks are found in several Lower Cretaceous stratigraphic intervals between the Bone Island formation and the Dollar Bay Formation. In addition, extensively developed trapping seals consisting of micritic limestones and anhydrites are common in the stratigraphic section. Using state-of-the-art marine seismic data for the Pulley Ridge area, additional geophysical and geologic evaluation of the lead areas already identified could result in discovering significant hydrocarbon reserves in this shallow-water, sparsely drilled carbonate basin oil play.

  18. Regional method to assess offshore slope stability.

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Lee, H.J.; Edwards, B.D.

    1986-01-01

    The slope stability of some offshore environments can be evaluated by using only conventional acoustic profiling and short-core sampling, followed by laboratory consolidation and strength testing. The test results are synthesized by using normalized-parameter techniques. The normalized data are then used to calculate the critical earthquake acceleration factors or the wave heights needed to initiate failure. These process-related parameters provide a quantitative measure of the relative stability for locations from which short cores were obtained. The method is most applicable to offshore environments of gentle relief and simple subsurface structure and is not considered a substitute for subsequent site-specific analysis. -from ASCE Publications Information

  19. Active deformation offshore the Western Transverse Ranges

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    Ucarkus, G.; Driscoll, N. W.; Brothers, D. S.; Kent, G.; Rockwell, T. K.

    2014-12-01

    The Transverse Ranges within the structural province of southern California, an east-west trending active fold and thrust belt system, has rapid uplift rates that are capable of generating large earthquakes and tsunamis. This system to the west consists of north and south dipping reverse faults offshore Santa Barbara and Ventura (i.e., Pitas Point fault, Red Mountain fault, Rincon Creek fault). Ventura Avenue Anticline (VAA) is one of the fastest uplifting structure within this system has experienced nearly 2.7 km of structural uplift since fold initiation about 200-300 thousand years ago, yielding an average uplift rate of 9-13 mm/yr. Mapped and dated Holocene marine terraces between Ventura and Carpenteria reveal that large uplift events occurred at 0.8 ka and 1.9 ka; a recurrence interval of approximately a thousand years. The VAA trends offshore to the west and is buried by sediment from Rincon Creek. This sediment completely obscures the surficial expression of the fold between Rincon Point and Punta Gorda, indicating that Holocene sedimentation has kept pace with fold growth. Given the high sedimentation rate, each uplift event should be captured by stratigraphic rotation and onlap, and formation of angular unconformities. With that perspective, we acquired ~240 km-long very high-resolution (decimeter) CHIRP seismic reflection data from offshore Santa Barbara in the west to Ventura in the east, in order to examine discrete folding/uplift events that are preserved in the Holocene sediment record. CHIRP data together with re-processed USGS sparker profiles provide new constraints on timing and architecture of deformation offshore. A transgressive surface that dates back to ~9.5 kyr B.P is identified in seismic reflection data and dips landward; bending of the transgressive surface appears to be due to active folding and faulting. Observed onlapping sediments together with the deformation of the transgressive surface mark the onset of deformation while periods of the tectonic quiescence are recorded by progradational packages. We are able to identify 3 discrete uplift events above the transgressive surface along the VAA. Similar uplift events (3-4 events) are also observed along the Rincon Creek Fault offshore Santa Barbara.

  20. Servicing the offshore industry

    SciTech Connect

    1997-03-01

    What factors are leading operators to using boat-based services vs. those that are rig-based for offshore completions, stimulations and workovers? What trends are companies experiencing in completion practices for the unconsolidated formations in the Gulf of Mexico? What are companies` most important specifications for well service boats operating near their offshore platforms? To answer these and other questions, Petroleum Engineering International asked those who should know -- the producing companies active in offshore operations in the Gulf of Mexico and worldwide.

  1. Lower Jurassic sediments from the Rhar Roubane Mountains (Western Algeria): Stratigraphic precisions and synsedimentary block-faulting

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    Marok, Abbas; Reolid, Matías

    2012-11-01

    During the Lower Jurassic, the stratigraphic and palaeogeographic fluctuations of facies and thickness as well as the existence of stratigraphic gaps in the central and eastern parts of the Rhar Roubane Horst are controlled by the pre-Lower Jurassic palaeotopography as well as the evolution of the subsidence in the different blocks and probably tilting of blocks. This geodynamic context is placed in a general framework of evolution of carbonate rocks of the Tlemcen Domain, characterised by an episode of filling during the Early Pliensbachian followed by a deepening episode from the Late Pliensbachian onward. Four facies associations were recognised through macroscopic and microscopic analyses. Facies association-A corresponds to tidal platform environments, represented by the Zaïlou Limestones Fm. Facies association-B entails biomicrite and biosparite from the shoreface environment represented by the Tisseddoura Limestones Fm in the Central Rhar Roubane Horst and the Pseudonodular Limestones Fm at Eastern Rhar Roubane Horst. Facies association-C comprises a condensed succession rich in ammonoids represented by the Beni Bahdel Ferruginous Limestones Fm, indicating an upper offshore environment. Finally, facies association-D is a marl-limestone rhythmite with abundant cephalopods, corresponding to the Bayada Beds Fm and representing a lower offshore environment. The maximum depth is that of the Toarcian deposits of the Bayada Beds Fm (Area of Tleta). The central part of the Rhar Roubane Horst constituted a topographic barrier that controlled geometry, thickness variation and facies development during the Early Jurassic, evidenced by characteristic deposits with varying thickness and stratigraphic gaps. The Eastern Rhar Roubane Horst reveals such changes in facies, thickness and stratigraphic gaps to be a sedimentary response to the extensional tectonics of tilted blocks. Subsidence in the different areas of the Eastern Rhar Roubane changed during the Pliensbachian to Middle Toarcian, and persistent sectors became subsiding zones or vice versa. A comparison of Rhar Roubane sucessions with neighbouring domains in the Northern Gondwana Palaeomargin, from Morocco to Tunisia, evidences great similarities in the deepening evolution of sedimentation, yet with diachronic platform submergence.

  2. Stratigraphic controls on fluid and solute fluxes across the sediment-water interface of an estuary

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    Sawyer, Audrey H.; Lazareva, Olesya; Kroeger, Kevin D.; Crespo, Kyle; Chan, Clara S.; Stieglitz, Thomas; Michael, Holly A.

    2014-01-01

    Shallow stratigraphic features, such as infilled paleovalleys, modify fresh groundwater discharge to coastal waters and fluxes of saltwater and nutrients across the sediment–water interface. We quantify the spatial distribution of shallow surface water–groundwater exchange and nitrogen fluxes near a paleovalley in Indian River Bay, Delaware, using a hand resistivity probe, conventional seepage meters, and pore-water samples. In the interfluve (region outside the paleovalley) most nitrate-rich fresh groundwater discharges rapidly near the coast with little mixing of saline pore water, and nitrogen transport is largely conservative. In the peat-filled paleovalley, fresh groundwater discharge is negligible, and saltwater exchange is deep (?1 m). Long pore-water residence times and abundant sulfate and organic matter promote sulfate reduction and ammonium production in shallow sediment. Reducing, iron-rich fresh groundwater beneath paleovalley peat discharges diffusely around paleovalley margins offshore. In this zone of diffuse fresh groundwater discharge, saltwater exchange and dispersion are enhanced, ammonium is produced in shallow sediments, and fluxes of ammonium to surface water are large. By modifying patterns of groundwater discharge and the nature of saltwater exchange in shallow sediments, paleovalleys and other stratigraphic features influence the geochemistry of discharging groundwater. Redox reactions near the sediment–water interface affect rates and patterns of geochemical fluxes to coastal surface waters. For example, at this site, more than 99% of the groundwater-borne nitrate flux to the Delaware Inland Bays occurs within the interfluve portion of the coastline, and more than 50% of the ammonium flux occurs at the paleovalley margin.

  3. Session: Offshore wind

    SciTech Connect

    Gaarde, Jette; Ram, Bonnie

    2004-09-01

    This session at the Wind Energy and Birds/Bats workshop consisted of two presentations. Due to time constraints, a discussion period was not possible. The session addressed the current state of offshore wind energy development. The first presentation ''Monitoring Program and Results: Horns Rev and Nysted'' by Jette Gaarde summarized selected environmental studies conducted to date at operating offshore wind turbine projects in Denmark and lessons from other offshore wind developments in Europe. Wildlife impacts studies from the Danish sites focused on birds, fish, and mammals. The second presentation ''What has the U.S. Wind Industry Learned from the European Example'' by Bonnie Ram provided an update on current permit applications for offshore wind developments in the U.S. as well as lessons that may be drawn from the European experience.

  4. Instrumented Pressure Testing Chamber (IPTC) Characterization of Methane Gas Hydrate-Bearing Pressure Cores Collected from the Methane Production Test Site in the Eastern Nankai Trough, Offshore Japan

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Waite, W. F.; Santamarina, J. C.; Dai, S.; Winters, W. J.; Yoneda, J.; Konno, Y.; Nagao, J.; Suzuki, K.; Fujii, T.; Mason, D. H.; Bergeron, E.

    2014-12-01

    Pressure cores obtained at the Daini-Atsumi Knoll in the eastern Nankai Trough, the site of the methane hydrate production test completed by the Methane Hydrate Resources in Japan (MH21) project in March 2013, were recovered from ~300 meters beneath the sea floor at close to in situ pressure. Cores were subsequently stored at ~20 MPa and ~5°C, which maintained hydrate in the cores within stability conditions. Pressure core physical properties were measured at 10 MPa and ~6°C, also within the methane hydrate stability field, using the IPTC and other Pressure Core Characterization Tools (PCCTs). Discrete IPTC measurements were carried out in strata ranging from silty sands to clayey silts within the turbidite sequences recovered in the cores. As expected, hydrate saturations were greatest in more permeable coarser-grained layers. Key results include: 1) Where hydrate saturation exceeded 40% in sandy sediments, the gas hydrate binds sediment grains within the matrix. The pressure core analyses yielded nearly in situ mechanical properties despite the absence of effective stress in the IPTC. 2) In adjacent fine-grained sediment (hydrate saturation < 15%), hydrate did not significantly bind the sediment. IPTC results in these locations were consistent with the zero effective-stress limit of comparable measurements made in PCCT devices that are designed to restore the specimen's in situ effective stress. In sand-rich intervals with high gas hydrate saturations, the measured compressional and shear wave velocities suggest that hydrate acts as a homogeneously-distributed, load-bearing member of the bulk sediment. The sands with high gas hydrate saturations were prone to fracturing (brittle failure) during insertion of the cone penetrometer and electrical conductivity probes. Authors would like to express their sincere appreciation to MH21 and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry for permitting this work to be disclosed at the 2014 Fall AGU meeting.

  5. Polar Layered Deposits: Preliminary Stratigraphic Assessment from MGS Observations

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Murray, B. C.; Byrne, S.; Danielson, G. E.; Herkenhoff, K. E.; Soderblom, L. A.; Zuber, M. T.

    2000-01-01

    Global and hemispheric climatic, volcanic and impact events that modulated the formation of the Martian polar layered deposits can be revealed by detailed stratigraphic analyses of well-exposed sequences of those layers. Complete three-dimensional Mars Orbiting Laser Altimeter (MOLA) topography of the north and south polar deposits is now available, and very abundant Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) imagery that is well calibrated is becoming available. This paper presents an assessment of the polar stratigraphic potential based on observations from Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) mapping cycles through M7. Additional information can be found in the original extended abstract.

  6. Lake Michigan Offshore Wind Feasibility Assessment

    SciTech Connect

    Boezaart, Arnold; Edmonson, James; Standridge, Charles; Pervez, Nahid; Desai, Neel; Williams, Bruce; Clark, Aaron; Zeitler, David; Kendall, Scott; Biddanda, Bopi; Steinman, Alan; Klatt, Brian; Gehring, J. L.; Walter, K.; Nordman, Erik E.

    2014-06-30

    The purpose of this project was to conduct the first comprehensive offshore wind assessment over Lake Michigan and to advance the body of knowledge needed to support future commercial wind energy development on the Great Lakes. The project involved evaluation and selection of emerging wind measurement technology and the permitting, installation and operation of the first mid-lake wind assessment meteorological (MET) facilities in Michigan’s Great Lakes. In addition, the project provided the first opportunity to deploy and field test floating LIDAR and Laser Wind Sensor (LWS) technology, and important research related equipment key to the sitting and permitting of future offshore wind energy development in accordance with public participation guidelines established by the Michigan Great Lakes Wind Council (GLOW). The project created opportunities for public dialogue and community education about offshore wind resource management and continued the dialogue to foster Great Lake wind resource utilization consistent with the focus of the GLOW Council. The technology proved to be effective, affordable, mobile, and the methods of data measurement accurate. The public benefited from a substantial increase in knowledge of the wind resources over Lake Michigan and gained insights about the potential environmental impacts of offshore wind turbine placements in the future. The unique first ever hub height wind resource assessment using LWS technology over water and development of related research data along with the permitting, sitting, and deployment of the WindSentinel MET buoy has captured public attention and has helped to increase awareness of the potential of future offshore wind energy development on the Great Lakes. Specifically, this project supported the acquisition and operation of a WindSentinel (WS) MET wind assessment buoy, and associated research for 549 days over multiple years at three locations on Lake Michigan. Four research objectives were defined for the project including to: 1) test and validate floating LIDAR technology; 2) collect and access offshore wind data; 3) detect and measure bird and bat activity over Lake Michigan; 4) conduct an over water sound propagation study; 5) prepare and offer a college course on offshore energy, and; 6) collect other environmental, bathometric, and atmospheric data. Desk-top research was performed to select anchorage sites and to secure permits to deploy the buoy. The project also collected and analyzed data essential to wind industry investment decision-making including: deploying highly mobile floating equipment to gather offshore wind data; correlating offshore wind data with conventional on-shore MET tower data; and performing studies that can contribute to the advancement and deployment of offshore wind technologies. Related activities included: • Siting, permitting, and deploying an offshore floating MET facility; • Validating the accuracy of floating LWS using near shoreline cup anemometer MET instruments; • Assessment of laser pulse technology (LIDAR) capability to establish hub height measurement of wind conditions at multiple locations on Lake Michigan; • Utilizing an extended-season (9-10 month) strategy to collect hub height wind data and weather conditions on Lake Michigan; • Investigation of technology best suited for wireless data transmission from distant offshore structures; • Conducting field-validated sound propagation study for a hypothetical offshore wind farm from shoreline locations; • Identifying the presence or absence of bird and bat species near wind assessment facilities; • Identifying the presence or absence of benthic and pelagic species near wind assessment facilities; All proposed project activities were completed with the following major findings: • Floating Laser Wind Sensors are capable of high quality measurement and recordings of wind resources. The WindSentinel presented no significant operational or statistical limitations in recording wind data technology at a at a high confidence level as compared to traditional an

  7. Seismo and sequence stratigraphy of Cenozoic units of the Morondava Basin, offshore western Madagascar

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kaufmann, Dirk; Stollhofen, Harald; Klimke, Jennifer; Franke, Dieter

    2015-04-01

    The N-S trending Morondava Basin extends in width from western onshore Madagascar over about 350 km westwards to the offshore Davie Ridge in the Mozambique Channel. Although basin formation was initiated during Karoo times, the main basin evolution took place during Jurassic rifting and subsequent drifting until middle Cretaceous as a result of Gondwana breakup (Geiger et al., 2004). Contemporaneous to the separation of India and Madagascar widespread flood basalts were emplaced during the late Cretaceous (Storey et al., 1995). Present knowledge of the Morondava Basin is mainly based on outcrop studies, seismic surveys and borehole information (e.g. Geiger et al., 2004), gathered in western onshore Madagascar, although the fast majority of the basin, including its depocenter is located offshore in the Mozambique Channel, now at up to 3,500 m water depth. Almost all of the recent offshore studies of the Morondava Basin rely on industrial data but up to date publications of exploration results are generally rare and mostly anonymized. Our study aims to extend knowledge, particularly on the offshore seismic and sequence stratigraphy of the Morondava Basin. A key question is also to test the proposed tectonic stability of the Davie Ridge over the last 40 Ma. For this purpose 12 seismic profiles and bathymetric data, acquired in early 2014 by RV SONNE, are interpreted. Most of the profiles cover the distal deep marine areas of the northern Morondava Basin between the Davie Ridge and the shelf break of Madagascar. Top Cretaceous, Top Eocene, Top Oligocene, the Middle Miocene Unconformity and the Base Pliocene, are mapped as major seismic marker horizons. Especially shelf and slope sedimentary units are important resources to reconstruct the tectonostratigraphic basin evolution. At the continental slope diffuse to chaotic seismic pattern of Miocene and younger age are identified which are subdivided by laterally continuous, high frequency reflectors with a higher impedance contrast. Bounded by the Base Tertiary and the Base Pliocene these units can be used to develop and verify a sequence stratigraphic approach for the Cenozoic in the Morondava Basin. Prelimary results indicate that the major sedimentation at the continental slope moved after Early Pliocene significantly landwards. In general the thickness of post-Pliocene units increases to the east. Work in progress encompasses the application of seismo and sequence stratigraphic concept for Mesozoic sedimentary units and a correlation with other, potentially time-equivalent, basins in the area, such as the Mandawa Basin in northern Mozambique. References Geiger, M., Clark, D.N., und Mette, W., 2004, Reappraisal of the timing of the break-up of Gondwana based on sedimentological und seismic evidence from the Morondava Basin, SW Madagascar: Journal of African Earth Sciences, v. 38, p. 363-381. Storey, M., Mahoney, J. J., Saunders, A. D., Duncan, R. A., Kelley, S. P., und Coffin, M. F., 1995, Timing of Hot Spot--Related Volcanism und the Breakup of Madagascar und India: Science, v. 267, no. 5199, p. 852-855.

  8. The geotechnical centrifuge in offshore engineering

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    Murff, J.D.

    1996-12-31

    One of the greatest needs in offshore geotechnical engineering is for large scale test measurements on which to calibrate design procedures. The geotechnical centrifuge offers at least a partial remedy. Because it allows one to properly simulate stresses, it is a legitimate, relatively inexpensive option to full scale field testing. As such it is a valuable technique and can be an excellent complement to laboratory tests, 1-g model tests and numerical analyses. However, it has not been widely used by industry even though the capability has existed for almost thirty years. This paper argues that this technology should gain acceptance beyond the research community. The paper presents an overview of centrifuge principles, philosophies of use, and limitations of the technique. For illustration, several actual applications of centrifuge testing for complex offshore problems are described. Results are shown to provide important insights into prototype behavior and to agree well with full scale measurements where these are available.

  9. Traps and seals II. Stratigraphic/capillary traps

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    Foster, N.H.; Beaumont, E.A.

    1988-01-01

    This text is a reprint belonging to a series of reprint volumes which in turn are part of the Treatise of Petroleum Geology. This volume contains papers that describe different stratigraphically controlled trap types, the preservation of porosity, and the importance of capillarity in trapping hydrocarbons.

  10. Energy from Offshore Wind: Preprint

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    Musial, W.; Butterfield, S.; Ram, B.

    2006-02-01

    This paper provides an overview of the nascent offshore wind energy industry including a status of the commercial offshore industry and the technologies that will be needed for full market development.

  11. Stratigraphic characterization of the Anthropocene: a progress report

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    Zalasiewicz, Jan

    2014-05-01

    Rapid and large-scale anthropogenic changes have led to the concept that we are now living through the beginning of the Anthropocene Epoch - an interval of geological time dominated by human influence. The term was proposed little more than a decade ago by Paul Crutzen, the Nobel Prize-winning atmospheric chemist, and has since been widely used - and sharply debated. Its stratigraphic analysis needs considering the various kinds of historical and environmental change in terms of geological - or more precisely stratigraphic - change. Lithostratigraphic change, for instance, is strikingly represented by the spread of the 'urban stratum', the refashioning of sand, clay and limestone into our buildings, foundations and transport systems. Biostratigraphic changes include the ongoing mass extinction event and the effect of invasive species (while deep human-made bioturbation is a novel aspect the fossil record). Chemostratigraphic changes include the reshaping of the Earth's natural carbon, phosphorus and nitrogen cycles. As regards the potential formalizing of the Anthropocene, one question to be pursued relates to the chronostratigraphic definition of the phenomena involved: that is, given that many of these transformations are diachronous on human timescales, can an Anthropocene Series, with a synchronous time boundary, be characterized and mapped across the Earth's surface? Efforts to answer this question (Williams et al. 2011; Waters et al., in press) should help in the understanding of the Anthropocene within its geological context, and also in exploring the stratigraphic relation between time and rock generally at very fine stratigraphic timescales. Waters, C.W., Zalasiewicz, J.A., Williams, M., Ellis, M. & Snelling, A. In press. A Stratigraphical Basis for the Anthropocene. Geological Society of London, Special Publication. Williams, M., Zalasiewicz, J., Haywood, A. & Ellis M. (eds) 2011. The Anthropocene: a new epoch of geological time? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society 369A, 833-1112.

  12. Kentish Flats Offshore Wind Farm

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    Firestone, Jeremy

    Kentish Flats Offshore Wind Farm #12;By August 2005 the offshore wind farm at Kentish Flats and offshore wind energy will contribute sig- nificantly to achieving this target. The Kentish Flats alone will be installed at the pile. 2. Secondly the wind farm will be connected to the overall power grid via three

  13. Offshore rectenna feasbility

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    Freeman, J. W.; Hervey, D.; Glaser, P.

    1980-01-01

    A preliminary study of the feasibility and cost of an offshore rectenna to serve the upper metropolitan east coast was performed. A candidate site at which to build a 5 GW rectenna was selected on the basis of proximity to load centers, avoidance of shipping lanes, sea floor terrain, and relocated conditions. Several types of support structures were selected for study based initially on the reference system rectenna concept of a wire mesh ground screen and dipoles each with its own rectifier and filter circuits. Possible secondary uses of an offshore rectenna were examined and are evaluated.

  14. Geological & Geophysical findings from seismic, well log and core data for marine gas hydrate deposits at the 1st offshore methane hydrate production test site in the eastern Nankai Trough, offshore Japan: An overview

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    Fujii, T.; Noguchi, S.; Takayama, T.; Suzuki, K.; Yamamoto, K.

    2012-12-01

    In order to evaluate productivity of gas from marine gas hydrate by the depressurization method, Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation is planning to conduct a full-scale production test in early 2013 at the AT1 site in the north slope of Daini-Atsumi Knoll in the eastern Nankai Trough, Japan. The test location was determined using the combination of detailed 3D seismic reflection pattern analysis, high-density velocity analysis, and P-impedance inversion analysis, which were calibrated using well log data obtained in 2004. At the AT1 site, one production well (AT1-P) and two monitoring wells (AT1-MC and MT1) were drilled from February to March 2012, followed by 1 coring well (AT1-C) from June to July 2012. An extensive logging program with logging while drilling (LWD) and wireline-logging tools, such as GeoVISION (resistivity image), EcoScope (neutron/density porosity, mineral spectroscopy etc.), SonicScanner (Advanced Sonic tool), CMR/ProVISION (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Tools), XPT (formation pressure, fluid mobility), and IsolationScanner (ultrasonic cement evaluation tools) was conducted at AT1-MC well to evaluate physical reservoir properties of gas hydrate-bearing sediments, to determine production test interval in 2013, and to evaluate cement bonding. Methane hydrate concentrated zone (MHCZ) confirmed by the well logging at AT1-MC was thin turbidites (tens of centimeters to few meters) with 60 m of gross thickness, which is composed of lobe type sequences in the upper part of it and channel sand sequences in the lower part. The gross thickness of MHCZ in the well is thicker than previous wells in 2004 (A1, 45 m) located around 150 m northeast, indicating that the prediction given by seismic inversion analysis was reasonable. Well-to-well correlation between AT1-MC and MT1 wells within 40 m distance exhibited that lateral continuity of these sand layers (upper part of reservoir) are fairly good, which representing ideal reservoir for the production test. The XPT measurement results showed approximately 0.1 to several mD of water permeability in both the hydrate-bearing formation and seal formation, although there are some variations in measured values. However, the comparison of these results with permeability estimated by NMR log showed significant discrepancy (more than one order of difference), which suggests that it is necessary to have further investigation considering the difference in scale, measurement direction (Kh or Kv), and calibration methodology by pressure core data. In order to obtain basic reservoir/seal properties for the well log calibration within and above production test interval, pressure coring using Hybrid Pressure Coring System (Hybrid PCS) and also non-destructive core analysis onboard using Pressure Core Analysis and Transfer System (PCATS) were conducted for 60 m interval in AT1-C, which located about 10 m northeast of AT1-MC. Finally, integrated reservoir characterization based on well-log and pressure core data was conducted to predict and optimize the flow rate of upcoming production test.

  15. Offshore Wind Energy Systems

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    Musgrove, P.

    1978-01-01

    Explores the possibility of installing offshore windmills to provide electricity and to save fuel for the United Kingdom. Favors their deployment in clusters to facilitate supervision and minimize cost. Discusses the power output and the cost involved and urges their quick development. (GA)

  16. QATAR offshore oil

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    Not Available

    1980-03-01

    The Qatar Petroleum Producing Authority is presently operating three offshore fields - Idd al-Shargi, Maydan Mahzam and Bul Hanine. The Idd al-Shargi field consists of 14 naturally flowing wells and three suspended wells. Individual flow rates of the producing wells range from 250 to 3000 barrels per day (b/d). The Maydan Mahzam field produces from 11 naturally flowing wells. Reservoir energy in the field is maintained by water injection. Each of the wells produce oil at rates ranging from 2500 to 20,000 b/d. The Bul Hanine field comprises 10 producing wells supported by 9 dumpflooders. Production rates of the individual wells reach 29,000 b/d, making them among the world's highest. In 1978 the completion of a major acceleration project for the Bul Hanine Arab IV reservoir added more than 40,000 b/d to the production potential of the field. Total Qatari oil exports in 1978 were 91,708,000 barrels, equivalent to an average export rate of 25,000 b/d. Total production in Qatar in 1979 was 100,641,394 barrels (offshore) and 84,130,917 (onshore), an increase of 11% and a decrease of 3%, respectively, over 1978. Halal Island provides offshore storage for oil and gas berthing and loading operations. A natural gas liquids offshore complex, including a fractionation plant, is nearing completion at Umm Said. (SAC)

  17. The Anthropocene is functionally and stratigraphically distinct from the Holocene.

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    Waters, Colin N; Zalasiewicz, Jan; Summerhayes, Colin; Barnosky, Anthony D; Poirier, Clément; Ga?uszka, Agnieszka; Cearreta, Alejandro; Edgeworth, Matt; Ellis, Erle C; Ellis, Michael; Jeandel, Catherine; Leinfelder, Reinhold; McNeill, J R; Richter, Daniel deB; Steffen, Will; Syvitski, James; Vidas, Davor; Wagreich, Michael; Williams, Mark; Zhisheng, An; Grinevald, Jacques; Odada, Eric; Oreskes, Naomi; Wolfe, Alexander P

    2016-01-01

    Human activity is leaving a pervasive and persistent signature on Earth. Vigorous debate continues about whether this warrants recognition as a new geologic time unit known as the Anthropocene. We review anthropogenic markers of functional changes in the Earth system through the stratigraphic record. The appearance of manufactured materials in sediments, including aluminum, plastics, and concrete, coincides with global spikes in fallout radionuclides and particulates from fossil fuel combustion. Carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycles have been substantially modified over the past century. Rates of sea-level rise and the extent of human perturbation of the climate system exceed Late Holocene changes. Biotic changes include species invasions worldwide and accelerating rates of extinction. These combined signals render the Anthropocene stratigraphically distinct from the Holocene and earlier epochs. PMID:26744408

  18. Paleoclimate controls on stratigraphic repetition of chemical and siliciclastic rocks

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    Cecil, C.B. )

    1990-06-01

    Climate is a primary control on sediment flux from continental sources into sedimentary systems. In warm climates, siliciclastic input is greatest under highly seasonal rainfall. Nonseasonal conditions favor formation of end member chemical rocks; perennially wet climates are conductive to coal formation, whereas dry climates produce carbonates and/or evaporites. Stratigraphic repetition of siliciclastic and chemical rocks therefore appears to be related to paleoclimate cycles as well as to transgressive-regressive events and tectonics.

  19. Offshore Wind Turbines - Estimated Noise from Offshore Wind Turbine, Monhegan Island, Maine: Environmental Effects of Offshore Wind Energy Development

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    Aker, Pamela M.; Jones, Anthony M.; Copping, Andrea E.

    2010-11-23

    Deep C Wind, a consortium headed by the University of Maine will test the first U.S. offshore wind platforms in 2012. In advance of final siting and permitting of the test turbines off Monhegan Island, residents of the island off Maine require reassurance that the noise levels from the test turbines will not disturb them. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, at the request of the University of Maine, and with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy Wind Program, modeled the acoustic output of the planned test turbines.

  20. Revision and update of the stratigraphic nomenclature of Netherlands

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    Van Adrichem Boogaert, A. ); Kouwe, W. )

    1993-09-01

    In 1991, the Geological Survey of the Netherlands started a project for revision and updating of the pre-Quaternary lithostratigraphy of Netherlands. This had not been done systematically since 1980. Main objective of the study are (1) to bring the lithostratigraphic ideas into agreement with new findings and increased knowledge of Dutch subsurface geology (lithostratigraphy was extended into the Lower Carboniferous and Devonian), (2) expansion and standardization of the definitions and descriptions of existing lithostratigraphic units, (3) application of modern concepts (e.g. sequence stratigraphy) in order to describe better the distribution of reservoir-prone sediments, and (4) to reach consensus on a number of stratigraphy-related subjects, such as a chronological time frame, application of biozonations, and the designation of the behavior of main structural elements through time. Eight working groups were formed, each working on a specific aspect or stratigraphic interval, under the supervision of a steering committee. Both working groups and steering committee were composed of persons from the Geological Survey, several leading oil companies and, in some cases, universities. Several working groups have completed their tasks, and updates of these stratigraphic intervals are available at the conference. Posters will display stratigraphic updates of lithostratigraphy for the Carboniferous, Zechstein, Lower Triassic, and Upper Jurassic-Lower Cretaceous.

  1. Offshore Space Center (offshore launch site)

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    Harvey, D. G.

    1980-01-01

    Any activity requiring the development of the HLLV can benefit by operations from an offshore space center (OSC) since operating near the equator provides a twenty percent increase in payload in an ecliptic plan orbit. Some OSC concepts considered include a moored floating (semisubmersible) design, a stationary design supported by fixed piles, and a combination of these two. The facility supports: a 15,000 foot long, 300 foot wide runway, designed to accommodate a two staged winged launch vehicle, with a one million pound payload capacity to low earth orbit; an industrial area for HLLV maintenance; an airport terminal, control and operation center, and observation tower; liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen production and storage, and fuel storage platforms; a power generation station, docks with an unloading area; two separate launch sites; and living accommodations for 10,000 people. Potential sites include the Paramount Seamount in the Pacific Ocean off the north coast of South America. Cost estimates are considered.

  2. Stratigraphical links between Miocene Alpine Foreland basin and Gulf of Lion Passive Margin during lowstands

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    Rubino, Jean-Loup; Gorini, Christian; Leroux, Estelle; Aslanian, Daniel; Rabineau, Marina; Parize, Olivier; Besson, David

    2015-04-01

    Miocene peri-alpine foreland basin is connected toward the south with the Gulf of Lion passive margin and is predominantly filled by marine shallow water molassic deposits ranging from lower Miocene to Pliocene in age. Nine to ten depositional sequences are recorded and partly preserved in this basin and can be traced into the post rift part of the Gulf of Lion. One of the most surprising feature of the stratigraphic infill is the total lack of lowstand deposits within the foreland basin ; All superimposed sequences only includes transgressive and highstand System Tracts separated by erosional sequence boundaries and the development of incised valley networks filled by tidal deposits during transgression; Besson et al. 2005. It means that the entire foreland basin in SE France is exposed during lowstand periods without any preservation of fluvial deposits. By place few forced regression wedges are preserved at the transition between the foreland and the passive margin, close to the present day coastline. To date no real lowstand wedges have never been reported in the offshore of the Gulf of Lion. A reinterpretation of the best old vintage 2D dip seismic profiles along the passive margin validates the idea that the foreland basin is entirely exposed as well as the proximal part of the passive margin; first because some incised valleys can be occasionally picked on the shelf and second mainly because well defined superimposed or juxtaposed prograding lowstand wedges with nicely defined clinoforms onlapping the sequence boundaries can be recognized on the distal part of the shelf from the Burdigalian to the Messinian. Their ages being constrains by the Calmar well calibration. Unfortunately, they can't be continuously mapped all along the shelf break because of the strong erosion related to the Messinian Unconformity and the associated huge sea level fall.So we have to explain why during the lowstands, exceptionally long fluvial valley networks (more than 300km) can be developed. The first observation shows that the subsidence rate at least in the marginal part of the foreland basin, close to the forebulge, along the Rhone Valley, is very low and never exceed 40m/My. Second, the water depth of the deeper shelf series doesn't go deeper than 70 - 80m with shallowest water depth in the thresholds separating sub-basins. Therefore eustatically driven Miocene sea level changes can probably be great enough during this stratigraphic interval (50 to 70m) to lead to the almost complete basin emergence. Finally fluvial over-incision could also be enhanced by tectonic uplift links to anticline growing or local diapirism.

  3. Controlling risk prior to offshore application development

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    Utrecht, Universiteit

    be to compare risk between onshore and offshore projects. #12;Controlling risk prior to offshore applicationControlling risk prior to offshore application development Cor-Jan Jager, Stefan Vos, Michiel;Controlling risk prior to offshore application development 2 Controlling risk prior to offshore application

  4. Electrokinetic improvement of offshore foundations

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    Micic, Silvana

    Offshore and near-shore structures for energy exploration and production, harbour work and other facilities are often situated on very soft marine clay deposits that have shear strengths of a few kilopascals. The design of foundations embedded in these soft deposits often poses a challenge for geotechnical engineers, i.e., to satisfy the bearing capacity requirement, while at the same time minimizing the embedment depth and dimensions of the foundation due to cost considerations. The present study investigates the possibility of using electrokinetics to strengthen the soil adjacent to skirted foundations embedded in soft marine deposits and, thus, to improve the load carrying capacity of the foundations. The innovative feature of this approach as compared to soil improvement methods commonly adopted in practice is that the focus of strengthening is on the interface between the soil and embedded foundation, in terms of enhancement of adhesion and cementation. The thesis presents a summary of the method and results of a series of electrokinetic tests conducted on natural and simulated marine clays in small-scale and large-scale laboratory testing facilities. Steel plates and steel cylinders are used to simulate skirted foundations. A low dc voltage is applied via steel electrodes installed around the foundation models. The effects of electrokinetics are evaluated through changes in the geotechnical properties of the soil and load carrying capacities of the foundation model after treatment. The results demonstrate that the load carrying capacity of the skirted foundation model and the undrained shear strength of the adjacent soil increase by a factor of three after electrokinetic treatment. The clay adheres strongly to the inside and outside walls of the foundation model, indicating bonding occurs between the soil and steel after treatment. The treatment increases the soil undrained modulus and also induces a preconsolidation pressure of the remoulded clay, thereby reducing potential settlement of the foundation. The new technology described in this thesis has potential application in offshore engineering for increasing the load carrying capacity of skirted foundations installed in soft clayey sediments, as well as for rehabilitation of existing offshore structures.

  5. A review of techniques for the estimation of magnitude and timing of exhumation in offshore basins

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    Corcoran, D. V.; Doré, A. G.

    2005-10-01

    Exhumation, the removal of overburden resulting from the vertical displacement of rocks from maximum burial depth, occurs at both regional and local scales in offshore sedimentary basins and has important implications for the prospectivity of petroliferous basins. In these basins, issues to be addressed by the petroleum geologist include, the timing of thermal 'switch-off' of source rock units, the compactional and diagenetic constraints imposed by the maximum burial depth of reservoirs (prior to uplift), the physical and mechanical characteristics of cap-rocks during and post-exhumation, the structural evolution of traps and the hydrocarbon emplacement history. Central to addressing these issues is the geoscientist's ability to identify exhumation events, estimate their magnitude and deduce their timing. A variety of individual techniques is available to assess the exhumation of sedimentary successions, but generic categorisation indicates that 'point' measurements of rock displacement, in the offshore arena, are made with respect to four frames of reference — tectonic, thermal, compactional or stratigraphic. These techniques are critically reviewed in the context of some of the exhumed offshore sedimentary basins peripheral to the Irish landmass. This review confirms that large uncertainty is associated with estimates from individual techniques but that the integration of seismic interpretation and regional stratigraphic data provides valuable constraints on estimates from the more indirect tectonic, thermal and compactional methods.

  6. Arctic offshore platform

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    Bhula, D.N.

    1984-01-24

    An offshore structure is disclosed for use in drilling and producing wells in arctic regions having a conical shaped lower portion that extends above the surface of the water and a cylindrical upper section. The conical portion is provided with a controlled stiffness outer surface for withstanding the loads produced by ice striking the structure. The stiffness properties of the outer shell and flexible members are designed to distribute the load and avoid high local loads on the inner parts of the structure.

  7. Fossil preservation and the stratigraphic ranges of taxa.

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    Foote, M; Raup, D M

    1996-01-01

    The incompleteness of the fossil record hinders the inference of evolutionary rates and patterns. Here, we derive relationships among true taxonomic durations, preservation probability, and observed taxonomic ranges. We use these relationships to estimate original distributions of taxonomic durations, preservation probability, and completeness (proportion of taxa preserved), given only the observed ranges. No data on occurrences within the ranges of taxa are required. When preservation is random and the original distribution of durations is exponential, the inference of durations, preservability, and completeness is exact. However, reasonable approximations are possible given non-exponential duration distributions and temporal and taxonomic variation in preservability. Thus, the approaches we describe have great potential in studies of taphonomy, evolutionary rates and patterns, and genealogy. Analyses of Upper Cambrian-Lower Ordovician trilobite species, Paleozoic crinoid genera, Jurassic bivalve species, and Cenozoic mammal species yield the following results: (1) The preservation probability inferred from stratigraphic ranges alone agrees with that inferred from the analysis of stratigraphic gaps when data on the latter are available. (2) Whereas median durations based on simple tabulations of observed ranges are biased by stratigraphic resolution, our estimates of median duration, extinction rate, and completeness are not biased.(3) The shorter geologic ranges of mammalian species relative to those of bivalves cannot be attributed to a difference in preservation potential. However, we cannot rule out the contribution of taxonomic practice to this difference. (4) In the groups studied, completeness (proportion of species [trilobites, bivalves, mammals] or genera [crinoids] preserved) ranges from 60% to 90%. The higher estimates of completeness at smaller geographic scales support previous suggestions that the incompleteness of the fossil record reflects loss of fossiliferous rock more than failure of species to enter the fossil record in the first place. PMID:11539203

  8. Fossil preservation and the stratigraphic ranges of taxa

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    Foote, M.; Raup, D. M.

    1996-01-01

    The incompleteness of the fossil record hinders the inference of evolutionary rates and patterns. Here, we derive relationships among true taxonomic durations, preservation probability, and observed taxonomic ranges. We use these relationships to estimate original distributions of taxonomic durations, preservation probability, and completeness (proportion of taxa preserved), given only the observed ranges. No data on occurrences within the ranges of taxa are required. When preservation is random and the original distribution of durations is exponential, the inference of durations, preservability, and completeness is exact. However, reasonable approximations are possible given non-exponential duration distributions and temporal and taxonomic variation in preservability. Thus, the approaches we describe have great potential in studies of taphonomy, evolutionary rates and patterns, and genealogy. Analyses of Upper Cambrian-Lower Ordovician trilobite species, Paleozoic crinoid genera, Jurassic bivalve species, and Cenozoic mammal species yield the following results: (1) The preservation probability inferred from stratigraphic ranges alone agrees with that inferred from the analysis of stratigraphic gaps when data on the latter are available. (2) Whereas median durations based on simple tabulations of observed ranges are biased by stratigraphic resolution, our estimates of median duration, extinction rate, and completeness are not biased.(3) The shorter geologic ranges of mammalian species relative to those of bivalves cannot be attributed to a difference in preservation potential. However, we cannot rule out the contribution of taxonomic practice to this difference. (4) In the groups studied, completeness (proportion of species [trilobites, bivalves, mammals] or genera [crinoids] preserved) ranges from 60% to 90%. The higher estimates of completeness at smaller geographic scales support previous suggestions that the incompleteness of the fossil record reflects loss of fossiliferous rock more than failure of species to enter the fossil record in the first place.

  9. NREL/University of Delaware Offshore Wind R&D Collaboration: Cooperative Research and Development Final Report, CRADA Number CRD-10-393

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    Musial, Walt

    2015-11-12

    Specifically, the work under this CRADA includes, but is not limited to, the development of test procedures for an offshore test site in Delaware waters; testing of installed offshore wind turbines; performance monitoring of those turbines; and a program of research and development on offshore wind turbine blades, components, coatings, foundations, installation and construction of bottom-fixed structures, environmental impacts, policies, and more generally on means to enhance the reliability, facilitate permitting, and reduce costs for offshore wind turbines. This work will be conducted both at NREL's National Wind Technology Center and participant facilities, as well as the established offshore wind test sites.

  10. Trunked 900-mhz radio clears offshore communications

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    Richoux, R.J. )

    1993-10-11

    Increased two-way radio congestion among Gulf of Mexico offshore operations prompted Amoco Production Co. to design and build a 900-mhz trunked radio system for its gulf operations. Trunked radio, which resembles trunked lines used in telephone networks, is a method by which several radio users share relatively few channels. It offers clear, uninterrupted communications with highly efficient channel usage. The multi-net trunking system selected by Amoco provides wide area coverage across the gulf, with a variety of sophisticated features. The system gives Amoco ample room to expand both voice and data communications. The trunking system currently covers Amoco's Gulf operations through eight offshore and four coastal repeater sites, and hundreds of mobile, portable, and base-station radios. The paper describes the communications system, trunking option, testing concept, multi-net trunking, planning the system, and future applications.

  11. Offshore outlook: the American Arctic

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    Jahns, M.O.

    1985-05-01

    Offshore areas in the American Arctic are highlighted and the development of the area is compared with other offshore areas where the required technology is more readily available. Principal areas are shown in which new concepts are being put to practice. Canada's east coast is examined. Several technological trends are reviewed to help operators accelerate the discovery and development of arctic petroleum reserves.

  12. Stratigraphic mapping of hydrated phases in Western Ius Chasma, Mars

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    Cull, S.; McGuire, P. C.; Gross, C.; Dumke, A.

    2013-12-01

    Recent mapping with the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) and Observatoire pour la Minéralogie, l'Eau, les Glaces et l'Activité (OMEGA) has revealed a wide range of hydrated minerals throughout Valles Marineris. Noctis Labyrinthus has interbedded polyhydrated and monohydrated sulfates, with occasional beds of nontronite (Weitz et al. 2010, Thollot et al. 2012). Tithonium Chasma has interbedded poly- and monohydrated sulfates (Murchie et al. 2012); Juventae has poly- and monohydrated sulfates and an anhydrous ferric hydroxysulfate-bearing material (Bishop et al. 2009); and Melas and Eastern Candor contain layers of poly- and monohydrated sulfates (e.g., Roach et al. 2009). Though each chasm displays its own mineralogy, in general, the eastern valles tend to be dominated by layered sequences with sulfates; whereas, the far western valles (Noctis Labyrinthus) has far more mineral phases, possibly due to a wider variety of past environments or processes affecting the area. Ius Chasma, which is situated between Noctis Labyrinthus and the eastern valles and chasmata, also displays a complex mineralogy, with polyhydrated sulfates, Fe/Mg smectites, hydrated silica, and kieserite (e.g. Roach et al. 2010). Here, we present mapping of recently acquired CRISM observations over Ius Chasma, combining the recent CRISM cubes with topographic terrains produced using High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) data from the Mars Express spacecraft. Stratigraphic columns are produced along the length of Ius Chasma, and compared to stratigraphic columns produced throughout the Valles Marineris

  13. Multiple late Eocene impact events: stratigraphic, isotopic and geochemical data

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    Keller, G.; D'Hondt, S.; Onstott, T.; Orth, C.J.; Gilmore, G.S.; Shoemaker, E.M.; Keigwin, L.D. Jr.

    1985-01-01

    Based on stratigraphic analysis, microtektites, including cpx spherules, occur in at least three stratigraphic layers indicating three impact events during the late Eocene. This is contrary to Glass and co-workers who until recently claimed evidence of only one impact, but now recognize at least two (in press). The authors data show the two impact events now recognized by Glass and co-workers in the lower part of Gl. cerroazulensis Zone (P16-17), but also a third layer in the upper Gt. semiinvoluta Zone (P15). Late Eocene microtektites and cpx-bearing microtektites can also be resolved into three major element compositional groups: 1) the Caribbean horizon containing relatively high SiO/sub 2/, TiO/sub 2/, and Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/; 2) the cpx spherules and associated microtektites found in the Caribbean and central equatorial pacific; and 3) the oldest (P15) Western Pacific and Indian Ocean microtektite horizon enriched in CaO relative to SiO/sub 2/ equivalent microtektites of the other two layers. Anomalously high Ir appears to be associated with the cpx microtektite horizon and a lesser amount with the P15 layer. Anomalously high Ir, however, can also be a function of clay content due to carbonate solution. CaCO/sub 3/ solution is associated with all microtektite horizons suggesting a productivity change as a result of impacts. However, no cause-effect relationship is apparent between faunal turnovers and impact events.

  14. Turbodrilling performance offshore Qatar

    SciTech Connect

    Rana, L.A.; Abdulrahman, E.A.

    1983-03-01

    Until the first quarter of 1979 Qatar General Petroleum Corporation Offshore routinely rotary drilled its vertical development wells using tricone bits. Turbodrilling the 17 1/2'' and 8 1/2'' hole sections was introduced in the second quarter of 1979 followed by the 12 1/4'' hole section in the first qarter of 1980. This resulted in avoiding/minimising downhole problems and the elimination of 7'' and 4 1/2'' liners. As a result of introducing these practices a 50 percent time saving and a 30 percent cost saving has been achieved, equivalent to $550,000/well.

  15. Towers for Offshore Wind Turbines

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kurian, V. J.; Narayanan, S. P.; Ganapathy, C.

    2010-06-01

    Increasing energy demand coupled with pollution free production of energy has found a viable solution in wind energy. Land based windmills have been utilized for power generation for more than two thousand years. In modern times wind generated power has become popular in many countries. Offshore wind turbines are being used in a number of countries to tap the energy from wind over the oceans and convert to electric energy. The advantages of offshore wind turbines as compared to land are that offshore winds flow at higher speed than onshore winds and the more available space. In some land based settings, for better efficiency, turbines are separated as much as 10 rotor diameters from each other. In offshore applications where only two wind directions are likely to predominate, the distances between the turbines arranged in a line can be shortened to as little as two or four rotor diameters. Today, more than a dozen offshore European wind facilities with turbine ratings of 450 kw to 3.6 MW exist offshore in very shallow waters of 5 to 12 m. Compared to onshore wind turbines, offshore wind turbines are bigger and the tower height in offshore are in the range of 60 to 80 m. The water depths in oceans where offshore turbines can be located are within 30 m. However as the distance from land increases, the costs of building and maintaining the turbines and transmitting the power back to shore also increase sharply. The objective of this paper is to review the parameters of design for the maximum efficiency of offshore wind turbines and to develop types offshore towers to support the wind turbines. The methodology of design of offshore towers to support the wind turbine would be given and the environmental loads for the design of the towers would be calculated for specific cases. The marine corrosion on the towers and the methods to control the corrosion also would be briefly presented. As the wind speeds tend to increase with distance from the shore, turbines build father offshore will be able to capture more wind energy. Currently two types of towers are considered. Cylindrical tubular structures and truss type structures. But truss type structures have less weight and flexibility in design. The construction of the offshore towers to harness the wind energy is also presented. The results will include the calculation of wind and wave forces on the tower and the design details for the tower.

  16. A MATLAB®-based program for 3D visualization of stratigraphic setting and subsidence evolution of sedimentary basins: example application to the Vienna Basin

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lee, Eun Young; Novotny, Johannes; Wagreich, Michael

    2015-04-01

    In recent years, 3D visualization of sedimentary basins has become increasingly popular. Stratigraphic and structural mapping is highly important to understand the internal setting of sedimentary basins. And subsequent subsidence analysis provides significant insights for basin evolution. This study focused on developing a simple and user-friendly program which allows geologists to analyze and model sedimentary basin data. The developed program is aimed at stratigraphic and subsidence modelling of sedimentary basins from wells or stratigraphic profile data. This program is mainly based on two numerical methods; surface interpolation and subsidence analysis. For surface visualization four different interpolation techniques (Linear, Natural, Cubic Spline, and Thin-Plate Spline) are provided in this program. The subsidence analysis consists of decompaction and backstripping techniques. The numerical methods are computed in MATLAB® which is a multi-paradigm numerical computing environment used extensively in academic, research, and industrial fields. This program consists of five main processing steps; 1) setup (study area and stratigraphic units), 2) loading of well data, 3) stratigraphic modelling (depth distribution and isopach plots), 4) subsidence parameter input, and 5) subsidence modelling (subsided depth and subsidence rate plots). The graphical user interface intuitively guides users through all process stages and provides tools to analyse and export the results. Interpolation and subsidence results are cached to minimize redundant computations and improve the interactivity of the program. All 2D and 3D visualizations are created by using MATLAB plotting functions, which enables users to fine-tune the visualization results using the full range of available plot options in MATLAB. All functions of this program are illustrated with a case study of Miocene sediments in the Vienna Basin. The basin is an ideal place to test this program, because sufficient data is available to analyse and model stratigraphic setting and subsidence evolution of the basin. The study area covers approximately 1200 km2 including 110 data points in the central part of the Vienna Basin.

  17. Correlation of Cenozoic sediments of Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf. Part I. Galveston area offshore Texas through Vermilion area offshore Louisiana

    SciTech Connect

    Larre, G.H.; Reed, J.C.; Leyendecker, C.L.; Khan, A.S.; Kinler, C.J.; Harrison, P.F.; Pickens, G.P.

    1987-05-01

    The Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) regional office, Minerals Management Service (MMS), US Department of the Interior, will publish an atlas in early 1987 entitled Correlation of the Cenozoic Sediments of the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf: Part I: Galveston Area Offshore Texas through Vermilion Area Offshore Louisiana. Part II, extending west-southwestward from Part I, and Part III, extending eastward from Part I, will be published at later dates. The Resource Evaluation office, MMS, is conducting detailed geological, geophysical, and paleontological investigations of the northwestern Gulf of Mexico OCS. The subsurface structure and stratigraphy of the northwestern Gulf of Mexico OCS for Galveston area through Vermilion area, from the Miocene through the Pleistocene production trends, are discussed in the report of Part I. This presentation includes the interpretation of over 12,000 mi of geophysical data, 1500 electric logs, and 1000 paleontological reports. Analysis of this data is presented on 19 cross sections. These cross sections contain information from 247 well data summaries, 175 paleontological reports, and 152 well velocity summaries. Examples of each of these will be available. The geophysical and companion electric log cross sections illustrate a detailed stratigraphic study of 26 horizons. These horizons are included on a stratigraphic chart, copies of which will be available. the marine depth-related environments will be displayed and copies of that chart will also be available. This atlas can be used for evaluation of petroleum exploration and exploitation as well as scientific investigations in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico.

  18. Seismic lateral prediction in chalky limestone reservoirs offshore Qatar

    SciTech Connect

    Rubbens, I.B.H.M.; Murat, R.C.; Vankeulen, J.

    1983-03-01

    Following the discovery of non-structurally trapped oil accumulations in Cretaceous chalky reservoirs on the northern flank of the North Dome offshore QATAR, a seismic lateral prediction study was carried out for QATAR GENERAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION (Offshore Operations). The objectives of this study were to assist in the appraisal of these oil accumulations by predicting their possible lateral extent and to investigate if the technique applied could be used as a basis for further exploration of similar oil prospects in the area. Wireline logs of eight wells and some 1000 km of high quality seismic data were processed into acoustic impedance (A.I.) logs and seismic A.I. sections. Having obtained a satisfactory match of the A.I. well logs and the A.I. of the seismic traces at the well locations, relationships were established by the use of well log data which allowed the interpretation of the seismic A.I. in terms of reservoir quality. Measurements of the relevant A.I. characteristics were then carried out by computer along all seismic lines and porosity distribution maps prepared for some of the reservoirs. These maps, combined with detailed seismic depth contour maps at reservoir tops, lead to definition of good reservoir development areas downdip from poor reservoir quality zones i.e. of the stratigraphic trap areas, and drilling locations could thus be proposed. The system remains to be adequately calibrated when core material becomes available in the area of study.

  19. Pioneering offshore excellence

    SciTech Connect

    Kent, R.P.; Grattan, L.

    1996-11-01

    Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC) was formed in 1990 by a consortium of oil companies to develop their interests in the Hibernia and Avalon reservoirs offshore Newfoundland in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. The reservoirs are located 315km ESE of St. John`s in the North Atlantic. The water depth is about 80m. The entire Hibernia field is estimated to contain more than three billion barrels of oil in place and the owners development plan area is estimated to contain two billion barrels. Recoverable reserves are estimated to be approximately 615 million barrels. The Hibernia reservoir, the principle reservoir, is located at an average depth of 3,700m. HMDC is building a large concrete gravity based structure (GBS) that which will support the platform drilling and processing facilities and living quarters for 280 personnel. In 1997 the platform will be towed to the production site and production will commence late 1997. Oil will be exported by a 2 km long pipeline to an offshore loading system. Dynamically positioned tankers will then take the oil to market. Average daily production is expected to plateau between 125,000 and 135,000 BOPD. It will be the first major development on the east coast of Canada and is located in an area that is prone to pack ice and icebergs.

  20. MODELLING THE VERTICAL WIND SPEED AND TURBULENCE INTENSITY PROFILES AT PROSPECTIVE OFFSHORE WIND FARM SITES

    E-print Network

    Heinemann, Detlev

    for conditions important for offshore wind energy utilisation are compared and tested: Four modelsMODELLING THE VERTICAL WIND SPEED AND TURBULENCE INTENSITY PROFILES AT PROSPECTIVE OFFSHORE WIND.Lange@uni-oldenburg.de (2) Wind Energy Department, Risø National Laboratory, P.O. Box 49, DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark ABSTRACT

  1. EVALUATION OF MODELS FOR THE VERTICAL EXTRAPOLATION OF WIND SPEED MEASUREMENTS AT OFFSHORE SITES

    E-print Network

    Heinemann, Detlev

    EVALUATION OF MODELS FOR THE VERTICAL EXTRAPOLATION OF WIND SPEED MEASUREMENTS AT OFFSHORE SITES profile from a measurement at one height. Different models to estimate these parameters for conditions important for offshore wind energy utilisation are discussed and tested: Four models for the surface

  2. Offshore well casing cathodic protection

    SciTech Connect

    Hamberg, A.; Orton, M.D.; Smith, S.N.

    1987-01-01

    Many papers have been published on cathodic protection of offshore platforms, but few references are made on the extent of protection of the well casings attached to the structures. Others reported tests in the Arabian Gulf which showed the galvanic anodes protected the wells to a depth of approximately 3200 ft (976 m) and that 300 A were required to completely protect bare well casings attached to a six-well platform in 40 ft (12 m) of water. Recent tests in deeper water (170 ft (52 m() showed the structure galvanic anodes deliver approximately 8 A per well and protect the bare casing to approximately 3000 ft (915 m). An impressed current cathodic protection system with 600 A applied to anodes placed 400 ft (122 m) from the structure protected the structure and six bare well casings to 8000 ft (2440 m). A protection criterion of 0.1 mA/ft/sup 2/ (1.1 mA/m/sup 2/) in the lower cemented zone was proposed. Impressed current anodes placed closer than 400 ft (122 m) from the structure did not protect the wells to the required depth.

  3. Venusian extended ejecta deposits as time-stratigraphic markers

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Izenberg, Noam R.

    1992-01-01

    Use of impact crater ejects at time-stratigraphic markers was established during lunar geologic mapping efforts. The basic premise is that the deposition of impact ejecta, either by itself or mixed with impact-excavated material, is superimposed on a surface. The deposit becomes an observable, mappable unit produced in a single instant in geologic time. Up to two-thirds of Venus craters exhibit extended ejecta deposits. A reconnaissance survey of 336 craters (about 40 percent of the total population) was conducted. About half the craters examined were located in and around the Beta-Atla-Themis region, and half were spread over the western hemisphere of the planet. The survey was conducted using primarily C1-MIDR images. The preliminary survey shows: (1) of the 336 craters, 223 were found to have extended ejecta deposits. This proportion is higher than that found in other Venus crater databases by up to a factor of 2. (2) 53 percent of all extended ejecta craters were unambiguously superimposed on all volcanic and tectonic units. Crater Annia Faustina's associated parabolic ejecta deposit is clearly superimposed on volcanic flows coming from Gula Mons to the west. Parabola material from Faustina has covered the lava flows, smoothing the surface and reducing its specific backscatter cross section. The stratigraphy implies that the parabola material is the youngest observable unit in the region. (3) 12 percent of extended ejecta deposits are superimposed by volcanic materials. Crater Hwangcini has extended ejecta that has been covered by volcanic flows from a dome field to the northwest, implying that the volcanic units were emplaced subsequent to the ejecta deposit and are the youngest units in the locality. (4) It is difficult to determine the stratigraphic relationships of the remaining extended ejecta deposits in SAR at C1-MIDR resolution. Examination of higher resolution images and application of the other Magellan datasets in systematic manner should resolve most of the ambiguous cases. Results from the preliminary survey indicate that extended ejecta deposits are effective time-statigraphic markers for the localities. If stratigraphic relationships between the deposits and surrounding units are studied on a case-by-case basis over the whole planet, they should provide useful constraints on Venus history and development of the surface through time. The continuation of the research will expand the study to include the entire crater population and the Magellan emissivity, altimetry, reflectivity, and rms slope datasets.

  4. OWL representation of the geologic timescale implementing stratigraphic best practice

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Cox, S. J.

    2011-12-01

    The geologic timescale is a cornerstone of the earth sciences. Versions are available from many sources, with the following being of particular interest: (i) The official International Stratigraphic Chart (ISC) is maintained by the International Commission for Stratigraphy (ICS), following principles developed over the last 40 years. ICS provides the data underlying the chart as part of a specialized software package, and the chart itself as a PDF using the standard colours; (ii) ITC Enschede has developed a representation of the timescale as a thesaurus in SKOS, used in a Web Map Service delivery system; (iii) JPL's SWEET ontology includes a geologic timescale. This takes full advantage of the capabilities of OWL. However, each of these has limitations - The ISC falls down because of incompatibility with web technologies; - While SKOS supports multilingual labelling, SKOS does not adequately support timescale semantics, in particular since it does not include ordering relationships; - The SWEET version (as of version 2) is not fully aligned to the model used by ICS, in particular not recognizing the role of the Global Boundary Stratotype Sections and Point (GSSP). Furthermore, it is distributed as static documents, rather than through a dynamic API using SPARQL. The representation presented in this paper overcomes all of these limitations as follows: - the timescale model is formulated as an OWL ontology - the ontology is directly derived from the UML representation of the ICS best practice proposed by Cox & Richard [2005], and subsequently included as the Geologic Timescale package in GeoSciML (http://www.geosciml.org); this includes links to GSSPs as per the ICS process - key properties in the ontology are also asserted to be subProperties of SKOS properties (topConcept and broader/narrower relations) in order to support SKOS-based queries; SKOS labelling is used to support multi-lingual naming and synonyms - the International Stratigraphic Chart is implemented as a set of instances of classes from the ontology, and published through a SPARQL end-point - the elements of the Stratigraphic chart are linked to the corresponding elements in SWEET (Raskin et al., 2011) and DBpedia to support traceability between different commonly accessed representations. The ontology builds on standard geospatial information models, including the Observations and Measurements model (ISO 19156), and GeoSciML. This allows the ages given in the chart to be linked to the evidence basis found in the associated GeoSciML features.

  5. Drilling rate for the Cerro Prieto stratigraphic sequence

    SciTech Connect

    Prian C, R.

    1981-01-01

    Drilling practice at the field has been modified in several ways as better information is being obtained. The stratigraphic sequence of the area is made up of three sedimentary rock units of deltaic origin having different densities. These units have been named non-consolidated, semi-consolidated, and consolidated rocks; the thermal reservoirs are located in the latter. To investigate how the drilling rates are affected by the three rock units, plots of drilling advance versus time were made for a large number of wells. A typical plot is shown and drilling rates are practically constant in three different zones; that is, the drilling rate has only two breaks or changes in slope.

  6. Stratigraphic interpretation of seismic data on the workstation

    SciTech Connect

    Bahorich, M.; Van Bemmel, P.

    1994-12-31

    Until recently, interpretation of seismic data in the workstation environment has been restricted primarily to horizon and attribute maps. Interpreters have not had the ability to make various types of notations on seismic data and subsequent map views as has been done for years on paper. New thinking in the industry is leading to the development of software which provides the geoscientist with a broader range of interpretive functionality on seismic and subsequent map views. This new functionality reduces the tedious bookkeeping tasks associated with seismic sequence stratigraphy and facies analysis. Interpreters may now perform stratigraphic analysis in more detail in less time by employing the power of the interpretive workstation. A data set over a deep-water fan illustrates the power of this technology.

  7. Offshore pipeline failures. Master's thesis

    SciTech Connect

    Woodson, R.D.

    1990-12-01

    An overview of current concerns in the regulation of offshore pipelines is presented along with tabulated summaries of pipeline failure causes, failure prevention techniques, and pipeline monitoring and early intervention techniques. A database of over 1000 offshore pipeline failures in the Gulf of Mexico Offshore waters has been compiled from combined records of the Department of Transportation Office of pipeline Safety, U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center, and the Department of Interior Minerals Management Service. The data has been analyzed to identify trends and initial recommendations for future data collection have been suggested.

  8. Chemical Contaminants as Stratigraphic Markers for the Anthropocene

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kruge, M. A.

    2012-12-01

    Thousands and even millions of years from now, widespread anthropogenic contaminants in sediments would likely persist, incorporated into the geological record. They would inadvertently preserve evidence of our present era (informally designated as the Anthropocene Epoch) characterized by large human populations engaged in intensive industrial and agricultural activities. Hypothetical geologists in the distant future would likely find unusually high concentrations of a wide variety of contaminants at stratigraphic levels corresponding to our present time, analogous to the iridium anomaly marking the bolide impact event at the close of the Cretaceous Period. These would include both organic and inorganic substances, such as industrially-derived heavy metals (e.g., Hg, Pb, Cr, Zn) and hydrocarbons, both petrogenic (derived directly from petroleum) and pyrogenic (combustion products). While there are natural sources for these materials, such as volcanic eruptions, wildfires, and oil seeps, their co-occurrence would provide a signature characteristic of human activity. Diagnostic assemblages of organic compounds would carry an anthropogenic imprint. The distribution of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in a sediment sample could distinguish between natural and human sources. Stable isotopic signatures would provide additional evidence. Concentrations of contaminants in the sedimentary record would increase exponentially with increasing proximity to urban source areas, where at present billions of people are collectively consuming vast quantities of fossil fuels and generating large amounts of waste. Aolian and marine transport prior to deposition has been seen at present to globally redistribute detectable amounts of contaminants including Hg and PAHs, even at great distances from principal source areas. For organic contaminants, deposition in an anoxic sedimentary environment could insure their preservation, increasing the likelihood of their inclusion in the long-term stratigraphic record, establishing markers of the Anthropocene Epoch for millions of years to come.

  9. Seismic-Stratigraphic Framework for the Northern Gulf of California

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Steckler, M. S.; Sagy, Y.; Mountain, G. S.; Stock, J. M.; Martin Barajas, A.

    2009-12-01

    In 1999 we collected a grid of 3500 km of high-resolution multichannel seismic data in the northern Gulf of California on board the B/O Ulloa operated by CICESE. These data record the stratigraphy in the vicinity of the Wagner, Consag, and Upper and Lower Delfin basins with penetration averaging ~1 sec and resolution of better than 5 m. The seismic data revealed widespread faulting reflecting the active tectonics of a region covered by a thick sediment fill. However, the close spacing of the innumerable faults made correlation of seismic reflectors a challenging task. We have now created a seismic-stratigraphic framework for interpreting the Pleistocene evolution of the basins. The seismic survey was divided into four subareas in which multiple horizons were mapped. However, only a limited number of reflectors could be tied between subareas due to difficulties correlating across regions of gas wipeout or active rifting. Southeast of the Upper Delfin basin, the reflectors exhibit a repetitive pattern of more reflective and more transparent layering that we ascribe to the 100,000 yr glacio-eustatic cyclicity. We have tentatively correlated the reflectors back to OIS 22 (875 ka). All but the oldest reflector crops out at the sea floor due to uplift of the southeasternmost part of the field area. Within the SE part of the field area, a number of features such as acceleration of subsidence or rate of displacement along some faults, sealing and abandonment of others, channeled erosion surfaces, and angular unconformities can be correlated and mapped, indicating periods of tectonic change or basin reorganization. There are indications of reorientation of rifting near the Lower Delfin Basin in the deeper part of the section. We will present the interpreted seismic data and the seismic-stratigraphic interpretation, together with its implications for the evolution of rifting in the northern Gulf of California.

  10. Forward stratigraphic modeling of the Permian of the Delaware Basin

    SciTech Connect

    Qiucheng, Ye; Kerans, C.; Bowman, S. )

    1996-01-01

    Permian platform-to-basin strata of the Delaware Basin In west Texas and New Mexico represent one of the world's most complete, best studied, and most hydrocarbon productive records of this geologic period in the world. This superb marriage of a refined stratigraphic framework and active exploration provided impetus to develop a forward stratigraphic model of this section to better predict the distribution of reservoir and seal relationships. The approximately 30 m.y. interval modeled is composed of 2 km of platform strata and 3 km of basinal strata divided into 8 composite sequences (average 3 m.y. duration) and 45 high-frequency sequences (400 ky m.y. duration). A 130 km dip section through the basin margin Guadalupe/Deleware Mountain outcrop is inversely modeled to derive local tectonic subsidence and a sea level curve for the Permian. In this process, the highest and lowest shoreline positions of each sequence are interpreted based on facies description which are assumed to approximate the highest and lowest relative sea level. A eustatic sea level curve is calculated by restoring these shoreline positions and removing local tectonic subsidence using a polynomial fit to the derived relative sea level curve. The quantitatively constrained curve for the Permian contains 2nd, 3rd, and 4th order 180m. This quantitatively constrained accommodation history (calculated eustatic curve and subsidence history) are input into the PHIL forward modeling program. Model variables of sediment supply are depositional system are adjusted to match known outcrop relations. The resulting model is potentially capable of predicting stratigraphy elsewhere in the basin using only subsidence history data from the inverse model.

  11. Forward stratigraphic modeling of the Permian of the Delaware Basin

    SciTech Connect

    Qiucheng, Ye; Kerans, C.; Bowman, S.

    1996-12-31

    Permian platform-to-basin strata of the Delaware Basin In west Texas and New Mexico represent one of the world`s most complete, best studied, and most hydrocarbon productive records of this geologic period in the world. This superb marriage of a refined stratigraphic framework and active exploration provided impetus to develop a forward stratigraphic model of this section to better predict the distribution of reservoir and seal relationships. The approximately 30 m.y. interval modeled is composed of 2 km of platform strata and 3 km of basinal strata divided into 8 composite sequences (average 3 m.y. duration) and 45 high-frequency sequences (400 ky m.y. duration). A 130 km dip section through the basin margin Guadalupe/Deleware Mountain outcrop is inversely modeled to derive local tectonic subsidence and a sea level curve for the Permian. In this process, the highest and lowest shoreline positions of each sequence are interpreted based on facies description which are assumed to approximate the highest and lowest relative sea level. A eustatic sea level curve is calculated by restoring these shoreline positions and removing local tectonic subsidence using a polynomial fit to the derived relative sea level curve. The quantitatively constrained curve for the Permian contains 2nd, 3rd, and 4th order 180m. This quantitatively constrained accommodation history (calculated eustatic curve and subsidence history) are input into the PHIL forward modeling program. Model variables of sediment supply are depositional system are adjusted to match known outcrop relations. The resulting model is potentially capable of predicting stratigraphy elsewhere in the basin using only subsidence history data from the inverse model.

  12. Cenozoic stratigraphic evolution, North Sea and Labrador Sea

    SciTech Connect

    Gradstein, F.M.; Grant, A.C.; Mudford, B.S. ); Berggren, W.A. ); Kaminski, M.A. ); D'Lorio, M.A. ); Cloetingh, S. ); Griffiths, C.M. )

    1990-05-01

    The authors are studying Cenozoic correlation patterns, burial trends, and subsidence history of the Central North Sea, Labrador, and Orphan basins. The authors objectives are (1) to detail intraregional mid-high latitude biozonations using noise filtering and probabilistic zonation techniques; (2) to detail paleobathymetric trends from basin margins to centers; (3) to apply this knowledge to model basin evolution, in the perspective of the evolving North Atlantic Ocean; (4) to evaluate causes for the occurrence of major hiatuses and rapid changes of subsidence; and (5) to relate rapid changes in sedimentation in the last few millions of years to model observed undercompaction trends. Cenozoic microfossil assemblages in these basins are similar, related to similarities in sedimentary and paleoeceanographic conditions. In more basinal wells, flysch-type agglutinated foraminiferal assemblages occur, also known from Carpathians, Trinidad, and Moroccan foredeeps. Over 90% of agglutinated taxa are common between these basins, although local stratigraphic ranges vary sufficiently to rely on the concept of average ranges, rather than total ones for correlations. Cenozoic stratigraphic resolution in the North Sea and Labrador basins generally is in 3-5-Ma units. and paleobathymetric zonations define a minimum of five niches, from inner shelf to middle slope regimes. Significant hiatuses occurred in the late Eocene through the Miocene, particularly in northern Labrador and northern North Sea. Subsidence in the Labrador/Grand Banks passive margin half grabens was strongly influenced by Labrador Sea opening between anomalies 34 (Campanian) and 13 (early Oligocene), when subsidence exceeded sedimentation and bathyal conditions prevailed along the margin. Thermally induced subsidence in the central North Sea grabens was considerable in the late Paleocene, when the Norwegian Sea started to open.

  13. Geologic mapping and stratigraphic investigations of the lunar crater Tycho

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Krüger, T.; Hiesinger, H.; van der Bogert, C. H.

    2012-04-01

    We produced a new geologic map and studied important stratigraphic relationships for Tycho crater. This crater is ~102 km in diameter and is located in the southern highlands on the nearside of the Moon. We used high-resolution Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) and Selenological and Engineering Explorer (SELENE) Terrain Camera (TC) images for detailed mapping, stratigraphic investigations, and dating of geologic units with crater size-frequency distribution (CFSD) measurements. In addition, we used Clementine FeO and TiO2 maps [1] and Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) [2] data to investigate the mineralogy. CSFD measurements at young lunar craters are important for helping us better understand the impact rate over the last billion years [3]. Melt pools dated with CSFDs on LROC Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) images, show model ages between 24.2 ± 5.6 Ma and 80.0 ± 14.7 Ma, whereas our model age for the ejecta blanket is 119 ± 12 Ma. The apparent absolute model ages measured for melt pools at Tycho are younger than the ejecta blanket. However, the impact melt and ejecta blanket should have formed at about the same time [4]. One interpretation of the discrepancies between the model ages of the melt pools and the ejecta blanket is that they have different target properties, i.e., the melt pools could be less porous and stronger [3,5]. Alternatively, self-secondary cratering might cause differences in CSFDs [6]. Our detailed geological map shows the distribution of melt pools in the study area. In particular, it shows a large coherent melt sheet within the crater, melt pools and flows along the terraced crater rim, and melt pools on the continuous ejecta blanket. The mapped distribution of melt pools is consistent with an oblique impact of the Tycho impactor from the southwest, as proposed by [7,8]. In addition to the distribution, we will also present results of the volume of melt pools associated with Tycho.

  14. 47 CFR 22.1037 - Application requirements for offshore stations.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ...false Application requirements for offshore stations. 22.1037 Section 22...SERVICES PUBLIC MOBILE SERVICES Offshore Radiotelephone Service § 22.1037 Application requirements for offshore stations. Applications for...

  15. 47 CFR 22.1037 - Application requirements for offshore stations.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ...false Application requirements for offshore stations. 22.1037 Section 22...SERVICES PUBLIC MOBILE SERVICES Offshore Radiotelephone Service § 22.1037 Application requirements for offshore stations. Applications for...

  16. Bahrain's offshore banking center

    SciTech Connect

    Gerakis, A.S.; Roncesvalles, O.

    1983-01-01

    The economic effects of Bahrain's schemes for licensing offshore banking units (OBUs) were the immediate response of major international banks and the financial services the banking center has rendered by improving regional money and exchange markets at a time when a Middle East link was needed to service the increasing demand for oil-wealth banking services. Bahrain's leadership also created a favorable climate. Aggressive competition from banks in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have caused some friction, but informal supervision by the Bahrain Monetary Agency (BMA) should be able to avoid serious difficulty. Bahrain's success required a banking infrastructure, a free-enterprise system, a willingness to maintain banking standards, a country small enough to benefit directly from OBU income, and a gap in nearby competing centers. 39 references, 1 figure, 5 tables. (DCK)

  17. Neogene stratigraphic relationships within the Nam Con Son Basin, offshore Vietnam resulting from tectonics, eustasy, and sediment flux 

    E-print Network

    Wright, Christine M.

    2009-05-15

    China blocks............................................................... 5 Figure 2.2: Seafloor spreading history in the SCS. ......................................................... 8 Figure 2.3: Regional map of SE Asia including basin... began during Late Cretaceous-Early Paleocene time (Holloway, 1982; Taylor and Hayes, 1983; Zhou et al., 1995; Schluter et al., 1996). Seafloor spreading began in the north South China margin during late Oligocene time (~32 Ma) along a WSW-ENE to NE...

  18. A seismic stratigraphic analysis of Miocene deposits in the Baltimore Canyon region (off-

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    Poulsen, Chris J.

    ABSTRACT A seismic stratigraphic analysis of Miocene deposits in the Baltimore Canyon region (off-strike variability. In this study, a seismic stratigraphic analysis of middle to late Miocene siliciclastic deposits model. Second, seismic data from the Bal- timore Canyon a

  19. Episodic event deposits versus stratigraphic sequences—shall the twain never meet?

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    Dott, R. H.

    1996-07-01

    In the early half of the 20th century, questions were raised about different rates of deposition reflected in the stratigraphic record and of small gaps or diastems. Even more discussion centered upon rhythms and cycles of deposition—at one extreme were glacial varves and at the other were Carboniferous cyclothems. After World War II, interest in stratigraphic cycles declined. Then the turbidity current revolution stimulated interest in event deposits, which interest has surged again recently with a focus upon storm deposits. Meanwhile, the recent dramatic growth of sequence stratigraphy has rekindled interest in both cyclicity and eustasy. The two themes—events and cycles—should be better integrated, for there is considerable confusion about the interpretation of high-frequency sequences. There is also a need to reconcile the current fad for Milankovitch-related sedimentary cycles versus more or less random event deposits. The most familiar event deposits are turbidites in deep-water and tempestites in shallow-water environments. More subtle are the diastems, which include non-depositional surfaces as well as scoured surfaces. Other processes that can produce event deposits include avalanches and tsunamis. Potentially, any type of event deposit could be mistaken for a sequence boundary. For example, submarine megabreccias could be formed either by a seismic event unrelated to any sea level change, or by slope failure resulting from a eustatic fall associated with a sequence boundary. To surmount the intellectual barrier to alternate interpretations requires careful attention to processes, time resolution, and objective tests for periodicity.

  20. Tectono-stratigraphic signature of a rapid multistage subsiding rift basin in the Tyrrhenian-Apennine hinge zone (Italy): A possible interaction of upper plate with subducting slab

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    Milia, Alfonsa; Torrente, Maurizio M.

    2015-05-01

    The Campania Plain is a rapidly subsiding Quaternary basin that formed on the eastern margin of the Tyrrhenian Sea in association with the younger phase of Tyrrhenian rifting. It is located in the hinge area between the Apennines fold-thrust belt and the Tyrrhenian extensional backarc basin. By combining original stratigraphic analyses of well logs and seismic profiles we built a basin subsidence curve, mapped the fault pattern of the Campania Plain and analyzed the impact of the block faulting on the sedimentology and stratigraphic architecture of the basin fill. Well data indicate that the Quaternary succession consists of offshore, shoreface and coal-bearing coastal plain deposits arranged to form thick aggradational and retrogradational units. The sequence stratigraphy interpretation of well logs permitted us to recognize thirteen depositional sequences and the stratigraphic signatures of the rift stages. The study area corresponds to a sediment overfilled/balanced infill basin type that resulted from superposition of several rifting events characterized by high rates of basin subsidence. Taking into account the geological data of the adjacent areas, we propose a Pliocene-Quaternary rifting evolution of the upper Tyrrhenian plate consisting of four episodes. Two peculiar features of the Tyrrhenian rifting are a skip of the extensional axial zone eastwards leaving the previous zone of high strain localization (Vavilov basin), followed by a dramatic change (90°) of the direction of extension. Because these Tyrrhenian features cannot be accounted for by the current rifting models we hypothesized a link between the evolution of upper plate and subducting slab. The proposed geodynamic scenario is characterized by a progressive rupture of the subducting plate and formation of extensional basins in the upper plate.

  1. A contribution to regional stratigraphic correlations of the Afro-Brazilian depression - The Dom João Stage (Brotas Group and equivalent units - Late Jurassic) in Northeastern Brazilian sedimentary basins

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    Kuchle, Juliano; Scherer, Claiton Marlon dos Santos; Born, Christian Correa; Alvarenga, Renata dos Santos; Adegas, Felipe

    2011-04-01

    The Dom João Stage comprises an interval with variable thickness between 100 and 1200 m, composed of fluvial, eolian and lacustrine deposits of Late Jurassic age, based mainly on the lacustrine ostracod fauna (although the top deposits may extend into the Early Cretaceous). These deposits comprise the so-called Afro-Brazilian Depression, initially characterized as containing the Brotas Group of the Recôncavo Basin (which includes the Aliança and the Sergi Formations) and subsequently extended into the Tucano, Jatobá, Camamu, Almada, Sergipe, Alagoas and Araripe Basins in northeastern Brazil, encompassing the study area of this paper. The large occurrence area of the Dom João Stage gives rise to discussions about the depositional connectivity between the basins, and the real extension of sedimentation. In the first studies of this stratigraphic interval, the Dom João Stage was strictly associated with the rift phase, as an initial stage (decades of 1960-70), but subsequent analyses considered the Dom João as an intracratonic basin or pre-rift phase - without any relation to the active mechanics of a tectonic syn-rift phase (decades of 1980-2000). The present work developed an evolutionary stratigraphic and tectonic model, based on the characterization of depositional sequences, internal flooding surfaces, depositional systems arrangement and paleoflow directions. Several outcrops on the onshore basins were used to build composite sections of each basin, comprising facies, architectural elements, depositional systems, stratigraphic and lithostratigraphic frameworks, and paleocurrents. In addition to that, over a hundred onshore and offshore exploration wells were used (only 21 of which are showed) to map the depositional sequences and generate correlation sections. These show the characteristics and relations of the Dom João Stage in each studied basin, and they were also extended to the Gabon Basin. The results indicate that there were two main phases during the Dom João Stage, in which distinctive sedimentary environments were developed, reflecting depositional system arrangements, paleoflow directions were diverse, and continuous or compartmented basins were developed.

  2. Methane Seeps along Offshore Virginia

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    Numerous distinct methane streams emanating from the seafloor at an upper slope (< 500 m water depth) cold seep site offshore Virginia. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition....

  3. Problems unique to offshore measurement

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    Young, J.G.

    1995-12-01

    Most of us have arrived at this meeting in some kind of company provided transportation. This is supplied in order for us to do our assigned jobs. These may be trucks, or cars, or even helicopters, and maybe boats. All who are involved in the offshore industry know that transportation is the cost costly of all. The helicopter bill for our company is a bill which costs us somewhere in the 9 million dollar range. Since this costs us so much, we are constantly looking at ways to reduce this. The helicopters we use cost us $510.00 a flying hour plus $28,000.00 a month for lease. These helicopters fly in the neighborhood of 140 miles per hour. You can quickly see how fast the cost can climb. We have two technicians, along with a pilot, and approx. 400 lbs of test gear and spare parts. You have to carry all you think you will need for the day`s activities because it`s a long and costly trip to go pick up some gasket material or an orifice plate.

  4. Stratigraphic setting of transgressive barrier-island reservoirs with an example from the Triassic Halfway Formation, Wembley field, Alberta, Canada

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    Willis, A.J.; Moslow, T.F. )

    1994-05-01

    Established models for landward barrier-island migration focus primarily on the preservation pattern of transgressive facies in the shoreface which are typically thin and buried beneath finer grained marine lower shoreface-to-offshore sediments. In contrast, transgressive barrier-island sandstones in the Triassic Halfway Formation of Wembley field in Alberta are preserved interbedded with, and overlain by, backbarrier and nonmarine sediments. These transgressive barrier sandstones formed from coalescing washover fans during shoreface retreat and were subsequently [open quotes]abandoned[close quotes] as the shoreline stabilized and resumed progradation. The abandoned transgressive barrier sandstones were subsequently blanketed by backbarrier and nonmarine sediments as the coastline continued to prograde. Abandoned transgressive barrier island sandstones in the Halfway Formation are 2-6 m thick, up to 2 km wide, and form paleocoastline-parallel trends tens of kilometers in length. The trends define the paleolandward limit of transgressive events. The updip pinch-out of these sandstones in backbarrier mudstones forms a stratigraphic trap for hydrocarbons in Wembley field. Top seal is provided by nonmarine mudstones and evaporites which buried and abandoned transgressive barrier island. The sandstone has porosities and permeabilities averaging 11% and 63 md, respectively. By using well logs and cores to correlate individual parasequences in the Halfway Formation to their updip termination, it is possible to define the extent of associated marine flooding events and therefore identify hydrocarbon exploration targets for abandoned transgressive barrier-island sandstones. 58 refs., 13 figs., 2 tabs.

  5. Geologic evolution and sequence stratigraphy of the offshore Pelotas Basin, southeast Brazil

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    Abreu, V.S. )

    1996-01-01

    The Brazilian marginal basins have been studied since the beginning of the 70s. At least nine large basins are distributed along the entire Eastern continental margin. The sedimentary infill of these basins consists of lower Cretaceous (continental/lacustrine) rift section underlying marine upper Cretaceous (carbonate platforms) and marine upper Cretaceous/Tertiary sections, corresponding to the drift phase. The sedimentary deposits are a direct result of the Jurassic to lower Cretaceous break-up of the Pangea. This study will focus on the geologic evolution and sequence stratigraphic analysis of the Pelotas basin (offshore), located in the Southeast portion of the Brazilian continental margin between 28[degrees] and 34[degrees] S, covering approximately 50,000 Km[sup 2]. During the early Cretaceous, when the break-up of the continent began in the south, thick basaltic layers were deposited in the Pelotas basin. These basalts form a thick and broad wedge of dipping seaward reflections interpreted as a transitional crust. During Albian to Turonian times, due to thermal subsidence, an extensive clastic/carbonate platform was developed, in an early drift stage. The sedimentation from the upper Cretaceous to Tertiary was characterized by a predominance of siliciclastics in the southeast margin, marking an accentuate deepening of the basin, showing several cycles related to eustatic fluctuations. Studies have addressed the problems of hydrocarbon exploration in deep water setting within a sequence stratigraphic framework. Thus Pelotas basin can provide a useful analogue for exploration efforts worldwide in offshore passive margins.

  6. Geologic evolution and sequence stratigraphy of the offshore Pelotas Basin, southeast Brazil

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    Abreu, V.S.

    1996-12-31

    The Brazilian marginal basins have been studied since the beginning of the 70s. At least nine large basins are distributed along the entire Eastern continental margin. The sedimentary infill of these basins consists of lower Cretaceous (continental/lacustrine) rift section underlying marine upper Cretaceous (carbonate platforms) and marine upper Cretaceous/Tertiary sections, corresponding to the drift phase. The sedimentary deposits are a direct result of the Jurassic to lower Cretaceous break-up of the Pangea. This study will focus on the geologic evolution and sequence stratigraphic analysis of the Pelotas basin (offshore), located in the Southeast portion of the Brazilian continental margin between 28{degrees} and 34{degrees} S, covering approximately 50,000 Km{sup 2}. During the early Cretaceous, when the break-up of the continent began in the south, thick basaltic layers were deposited in the Pelotas basin. These basalts form a thick and broad wedge of dipping seaward reflections interpreted as a transitional crust. During Albian to Turonian times, due to thermal subsidence, an extensive clastic/carbonate platform was developed, in an early drift stage. The sedimentation from the upper Cretaceous to Tertiary was characterized by a predominance of siliciclastics in the southeast margin, marking an accentuate deepening of the basin, showing several cycles related to eustatic fluctuations. Studies have addressed the problems of hydrocarbon exploration in deep water setting within a sequence stratigraphic framework. Thus Pelotas basin can provide a useful analogue for exploration efforts worldwide in offshore passive margins.

  7. Stratigraphic records of paleogeography and global change from two late Proterozoic basins

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    Swanson-Hysell, Nicholas L.

    As sediments and volcanic deposits accumulate on Earth's surface, they record information about Earth's climate, the motion of continents, and the evolution of the biosphere. Through the study of ancient stratigraphic sequences, we can gain a window into our planet's varied, and sometimes tumultuous, past. In this dissertation, I employ a combination of field observations, magnetic data, and chemostratigraphic data in the Keweenawan Mid-continent Rift of North America and the Amadeus Basin of Central Australia to study the paleogeography and paleoclimate during and after the transition between the Mesoproterozoic (1.7 to 1.0 billion-years ago) and Neoproterozoic Eras (1.0 to 0.54 billion-years ago). The supercontinent Rodinia formed at the boundary between the Eras and broke apart throughout the Neoproterozoic. Basins that developed as Rodinia rifted apart record large changes in the biogeochemical cycling of carbon and sulfur, the waxing and waning of low-latitude ice sheets, and the progressive oxygenation of the atmosphere that facilitated the evolution of animals. I report high-resolution paleomagnetic data in stratigraphic context from Mamainse Point, Ontario---the most complete succession in the 1.1 billion-year-old Mid-continent Rift. The results demonstrate that previous suggestions of large non-dipolar geomagnetic field components at the time stemmed from low temporal resolution across geomagnetic reversals during a period of rapid plate motion. This result strengthens the framework for evaluating records of tectonics and climate across the Mesoproterozoic/Neoproterozoic boundary. Rock magnetic experiments on Mamainse Point lavas, paired with electron microscopy, demonstrate that a component of the magnetization in oxidized flows that is antiparallel to the characteristic remanence is a result of martite self-reversal. This component is the best resolved natural example of the experimentally observed self-reversal that accompanies the maghemite to hematite transition. This result allows the magnetizations of the lavas to be fully interpreted, and also suggests that this self-reversal phenomena may be more widespread than currently recognized---with its identification in this study being greatly aided by stratigraphic context during a period when North America was moving rapidly towards the equator. Stratigraphic and stable isotope work on the Neoproterozoic Bitter Springs Formation of the Amadeus Basin demonstrates that the negative carbon isotope values of the "Bitter Springs Stage" are tightly consistent in carbonate rocks across more than 400 km. In addition to being present in the isotopic composition of the carbonate, organic carbon isotope values shift sympathetically into and out of the stage thereby supporting the interpretation that the stage is a record of primary changes to the carbon cycle. The stage is bound by sequence boundaries that provide evidence for changes in sea-level and climate. Previous work on correlative stratigraphy from the Akademikerbreen Group of East Svalbard (Maloof et al., 2006), revealed changes in relative sea-level and paleomagnetic directions that have were interpreted to have resulted from a pair of large-scale true polar wander events. In an effort to further test this hypothesis, and to remedy a lack of paleogeographic constraints for north Australia in the early Neoproterozoic, I present paleomagnetic data from more than 630 paleomagnetic samples of carbonates, siltstones and basalt flows from the Bitter Springs Formation. A new reliable pole from post-Bitter Springs Stage siltstones provides strong support for a recently published hypothesis that there was relative rotation between north and south+west Australia in the late Neoproterozoic (Li and Evans, 2011), and for the long-standing hypothesis that Australia and Laurentia were cotravelers in Rodinia into the mid-Neoproterozoic Era. The difference between the paleomagnetic poles of syn-Bitter Springs Stage carbonates and post-Bitter Springs Stage siltstones is likely a result of a Cambrian remagnetization of

  8. Application of sequence stratigraphy to oil and gas exploration in Bredasdorp basin offshore South Africa

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    Van Wyk, N.J.S.

    1989-03-01

    For more than two decades, oil and gas exploration in offshore South African rift basins within structural synrift plays yielded limited success. After the first oil discovery in postrift sediments in the Bredasdorp basin in 1987, sequence-stratigraphic concepts were applied to the Lower Cretaceous postrift sequences to permit correlation of depositional systems tracts and related facies throughout the basin. Extensive high-resolution seismic coverage and borehole control supported the study. The interplay of diminishing rift tectonics, thermal cooling, and inferred eustatic variations in global sea level produced a distinctive series of repetitive cycle depositional sequences. As many as 10 cyclic sequences and megasequences, deposited between the mid-Valanginian and lower Santonian, can be recognized within resolution limits of regional seismic profiles. Various elements of lowstand systems tracts within these sequences appear to contain potential reservoirs. Highly erosional (type 1) unconformities, commonly exhibiting incised valleys and canyons, provide surfaces on which (1) mounded and sheetlike submarine/basin-floor fans, (2) submarine channel fill and associated mounds and fans, and (3) prograding deltaic/coastal lowstand wedges were deposited. These fans, channel fills, and wedges are top sealed and sourced by transgressive shales and marine condensed sections, deposited at a time of regional transgression of the shoreline. One discovery well and various reservoir-quality sandstones occurring at predicted stratigraphic levels in other wells support the application of the sequence-stratigraphic concepts to hydrocarbon exploration.

  9. Comparison of Offshore Turbidite records and Lake Disturbance Events at the Latitude of Seattle, Washington

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    Galer, S.; Goldfinger, C.; Morey, A. E.; Black, B.; Romsos, C.; Beeson, J. W.; Erhardt, M.

    2014-12-01

    We are investigating the paleoseismic history of northern Washington using offshore turbidite cores and lake sediments collected from forearc lakes along a transect from offshore to Seattle, Washington. Additional offshore cores, ash determinations and heavy mineral analysis flesh out the turbidite stratigraphy off northern Washington, and support 3-5 proximal turbidites in northern Washington canyons (see Adams, 1990) in addition to the 19 regionally correlated beds. Onshore, we have cored multiple lakes including (west to east) Beaver, Leland, Tarboo, Hall, Sawyer, and Wapato, east of the Cascades, and collected multibeam bathymetry, backscatter and chirp subbottom data. These lakes are small (2-113 ha), 6-18 m deep, and are all kettle lakes except Beaver Lake (landslide-dammed) and Wapato Lake, a glacial scour. These lakes were selected for their limited outside sediment sources and low sensitivity to ground shaking. The sedimentology is mostly organic-rich gyttja. All lakes contain the Mazama ash based on its similar depth occurrence in previously published cores and new EMP analysis. Computed Tomography (CT) density, gamma density, and magnetic susceptibility (ms) data show there is more stratigraphic variability than is visually apparent. Low-energy disturbance events are apparent in the stratigraphy of all lakes (except Hall) as increases in clastics, density, and ms. The number of post Mazama disturbance events is similar to the number of expected great earthquakes found offshore and onshore, though definition of the boundaries of the lake events is much less clear. Initial radiocarbon results and preliminary correlations along this 185 km transect show strong similarities in stratigraphic records between these cores over the past ~7600 years, anchored by the Mazama tephra. Preliminary comparisons with offshore cores show a striking similarity in downcore variability in physical properties. Given the evidence for earthquake origin for the offshore cores, and the strong common signal across the lake transect, we suggest that the lake disturbance events are likely of earthquake origin, representing turbidites generated internally within each lake. Analysis continues with the goal of estimating slope stability and minimum levels of ground shaking required to destabilize lake margins.

  10. Brookian stratigraphic plays in the National Petroleum Reserve - Alaska (NPRA)

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Houseknecht, David W.

    2003-01-01

    The Brookian megasequence in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPRA) includes bottomset and clinoform seismic facies of the Torok Formation (mostly Albian age) and generally coeval, topset seismic facies of the uppermost Torok Formation and the Nanushuk Group. These strata are part of a composite total petroleum system involving hydrocarbons expelled from three stratigraphic intervals of source rocks, the Lower Cretaceous gamma-ray zone (GRZ), the Lower Jurassic Kingak Shale, and the Triassic Shublik Formation. The potential for undiscovered oil and gas resources in the Brookian megasequence in NPRA was assessed by defining five plays (assessment units), one in the topset seismic facies and four in the bottomset-clinoform seismic facies. The Brookian Topset Play is estimated to contain between 60 (95-percent probability) and 465 (5-percent probability) million barrels of technically recoverable oil, with a mean (expected value) of 239 million barrels. The Brookian Topset Play is estimated to contain between 0 (95-percent probability) and 679 (5-percent probability) billion cubic feet of technically recoverable, nonassociated natural gas, with a mean (expected value) of 192 billion cubic feet. The Brookian Clinoform North Play, which extends across northern NPRA, is estimated to contain between 538 (95-percent probability) and 2,257 (5-percent probability) million barrels of technically recoverable oil, with a mean (expected value) of 1,306 million barrels. The Brookian Clinoform North Play is estimated to contain between 0 (95-percent probability) and 1,969 (5-percent probability) billion cubic feet of technically recoverable, nonassociated natural gas, with a mean (expected value) of 674 billion cubic feet. The Brookian Clinoform Central Play, which extends across central NPRA, is estimated to contain between 299 (95-percent probability) and 1,849 (5-percent probability) million barrels of technically recoverable oil, with a mean (expected value) of 973 million barrels. The Brookian Clinoform Central Play is estimated to contain between 1,806 (95-percent probability) and 10,076 (5-percent probability) billion cubic feet of technically recoverable, nonassociated natural gas, with a mean (expected value) of 5,405 billion cubic feet. The Brookian Clinoform South-Shallow Play is estimated to contain between 0 (95-percent probability) and 1,254 (5-percent probability) million barrels of technically recoverable oil, with a mean (expected value) of 508 million barrels. The Brookian Clinoform South-Shallow Play is estimated to contain between 0 (95-percent probability) and 5,809 (5-percent probability) billion cubic feet of technically recoverable, nonassociated natural gas, with a mean (expected value) of 2,405 billion cubic feet. The Brookian Clinoform South-Deep Play is estimated to contain between 0 (95-percent probability) and 8,796 (5-percent probability) billion cubic feet of technically recoverable, nonassociated natural gas, with a mean (expected value) of 3,788 billion cubic feet. No technically recoverable oil is assessed in the Brookian Clinoform South-Deep Play, as it lies at depths that are entirely in the gas window. Among the Brookian stratigraphic plays in NPRA, the Brookian Clinoform North Play and the Brookian Clinoform Central Play are most likely to be objectives of exploration activity in the near-term future because they are estimated to contain multiple oil accumulations larger than 128 million barrels technically recoverable oil, and because some of those accumulations may occur near existing infrastructure in the eastern parts of the plays. The other Brookian stratigraphic plays are not likely to be the focus of exploration activity because they are estimated to contain maximum accumulation sizes that are smaller, but they may be an objective of satellite exploration if infrastructure is extended into the play areas. The total volumes of natural gas estimated to occur in B

  11. Alternating Authigenic and Carbonate Factory Production within a Cool-water Carbonate Sequence Stratigraphic Framework

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    Thompson, N. K.; Reid, C.; Bassett, K. N.

    2012-12-01

    Glaucony and phosphate production is characteristic of low sedimentation rates within low energy, oxygen-depleted environments, and is often associated with condensed sections and unconformities. Glaucony- and phosphate-rich rocks are often interpreted to be associated with sea-level highstands and maximum flooding surfaces, especially in siliciclastic systems. In contrast, our research shows that in the cool-water carbonate realm glaucony and, to an extent, phosphate are connected to lowstands and transgressions, requiring a reversal in the way they are interpreted within a sequence stratigraphic context. The Mid-Tertiary rocks of the Waitaki Basin, South Island, New Zealand, contain a cool-water carbonate and greensand succession formed on the eastern passive margin of the Zealandia continental fragment, and include two major sequence boundaries within a broad regional transgression. The palaeobasin contained an eastern outer shelf volcanic-induced high that acted like a platform rim, from where the basin deepened towards the west. The basal sequence contains a bryozoan grainstone facies that formed a shoal on the eastern volcanic seamount. This grades westward to a quartzose impure wackestone containing terrigenous material derived from low-lying islands of Zealandia far to the west. The overlying sequence boundary forms a karst surface associated with the high in the east, and a firmground in the west, and developed as a result of sea-level fall and lowstand conditions. During these lowstand conditions the terrigenous supply of silt and clay material was moved closer to the Waitaki Basin and this was then available for glauconitisation. Calcareous glaucony- and phosphate-rich greensands accumulated during the subsequent transgression, with the glaucony and phosphate content decreasing through this second sequence to form pure packstones during highstand and early regression. The second sequence boundary overlying these packstones shows similar karst and firmground distribution to the first, and has a similar greensand transgressive sequence deposited above it. In this cool-water setting, where the carbonate factory is located on an offshore volcanic-induced high, authigenic mineral production occurs at lowstand settings. During lowstand, mud-sized terrigenous clay minerals are introduced to the basin from the west, smothering the carbonate factory and supplying the building blocks for glaucony production. Through the transgressive phase this terrigenous clay supply is progressively shut down and the system returns to carbonate production at highstand. Sea-level rise in such an environment encourages the development of the cool-water carbonate factory, and thus a decrease in production from the 'authigenic factory'.

  12. Quaternary Seismic Stratigraphic Framework of the Northern North Carolina Inner Continental Shelf

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    Foster, D. S.; Thieler, E. R.; Capone, M. K.; Denny, J. F.

    2002-12-01

    The U.S. Geological Survey has recently collected high-resolution Boomer and CHIRP seismic-reflection profiles along the inner continental shelf of North Carolina between False Cape, VA and Cape Hatteras, NC. The two systems were used concurrently on a dense survey grid with shore parallel lines spaced about 300 m apart. Tie lines were run perpendicular to shore and were spaced about 4 km apart. The survey area covers the inner shelf from about the 7-m isobath to 11 km offshore. Boreholes were drilled on the barrier islands to provide ground truth and correlate the seismic stratigraphy mapped on the shelf and in the backbarrier estuary. Seismic interpretations on the inner shelf are being verified with vibracore data. At least five transgressive unconformities are observed as planar reflections that dip to the southeast. The seismic sequences bounded by these unconformities also thicken slightly to the southeast. As a result, the Quaternary stratigraphic section is more compressed in the northern part of the study area. The deepest unconformity is believed to be the top of the Yorktown Formation (Pliocene) and is recognized as a distinct angular unconformity on Boomer profiles in the northern part of the study area. Three shallower unconformities have been identified on the Boomer profiles, which can be related to discrete Pleistocene sea-level fluctuations using amino acid racemization chronologies. In addition to these surfaces, the Holocene transgressive unconformity is best identified on the Chirp profiles. However, for much of the study area there is no definitive seismic reflection where we believe the unconformity should be located, based on lithologic contacts in vibracores. In some areas, there is a strong seismic reflection that correlates to the base of a mud unit that is most likely pre-Holocene back-barrier lagoon deposits. Accurate mapping of Recent marine sands requires integrating Chirp data with vibracores. There are several areas of fluvial cut and fill that partially remove older Pleistocene units and truncate some of the transgressive unconformities. The paleo-Roanoke River valley complex is the most extensive seen on the seismic profiles. The relative ages of smaller fluvial channel complexes to the north and south cannot be linked with the main Roanoke channel complex based on the geophysical data alone. Radiocarbon ages from onshore boreholes indicate the channel complex was cut during at least two late Pleistocene lowstands.

  13. 46 CFR 126.170 - Carriage of offshore workers.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... 2010-10-01 false Carriage of offshore workers. 126.170 Section 126...DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (CONTINUED) OFFSHORE SUPPLY VESSELS INSPECTION AND CERTIFICATION... General § 126.170 Carriage of offshore workers. (a) Offshore...

  14. 46 CFR 126.170 - Carriage of offshore workers.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... 2011-10-01 false Carriage of offshore workers. 126.170 Section 126...DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (CONTINUED) OFFSHORE SUPPLY VESSELS INSPECTION AND CERTIFICATION... General § 126.170 Carriage of offshore workers. (a) Offshore...

  15. Offshore Wind Energy Market Overview (Presentation)

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    Baring-Gould, I.

    2013-07-01

    This presentation describes the current international market conditions regarding offshore wind, including the breakdown of installation costs, how to reduce costs, and the physical siting considerations considered when planning offshore wind construction. The presentation offers several examples of international existing and planned offshore wind farm sites and compares existing international offshore resources with U.S. resources. The presentation covers future offshore wind trends and cites some challenges that the United States must overcome before it will be able to fully develop offshore wind sites.

  16. Fossils out of sequence: Computer simulations and strategies for dealing with stratigraphic disorder

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    Cutler, A.H.; Flessa, K.W. )

    1990-06-01

    Microstratigraphic resolution is limited by vertical mixing and reworking of fossils. Stratigraphic disorder is the degree to which fossils within a stratigraphic sequence are not in proper chronological order. Stratigraphic disorder arises through in situ vertical mixing of fossils and reworking of older fossils into younger deposits. The authors simulated the effects of mixing and reworking by simple computer models, and measured stratigraphic disorder using rank correlation between age and stratigraphic position (Spearman and Kendall coefficients). Mixing was simulated by randomly transposing pairs of adjacent fossils in a sequence. Reworking was simulated by randomly inserting older fossils into a younger sequence. Mixing is an inefficient means of producing disorder; after 500 mixing steps stratigraphic order is still significant at the 99% to 95% level, depending on the coefficient used. Reworking disorders sequences very efficiently: significant order begins to be lost when reworked shells make up 35% of the sequence. Thus a sequence can be dominated by undisturbed, autochthonous shells and still be disordered. The effects of mixing-produced disorder can be minimized by increasing sample size at each horizon. Increased spacing between samples is of limited utility in dealing with disordered sequences: while widely separated samples are more likely to be stratigraphically ordered, the smaller number of samples makes the detection of trends problematic.

  17. Production using steam injection moves offshore in California field

    SciTech Connect

    Rintoul, B.

    1981-10-01

    Aminoil USA Inc. is initiating what is believed to be the oil industry's first effort to stimulate oil production with steam injection from a domestic offshore platform in California. It is part of a campaign to revitalize the Huntington Beach field, a 1920 discovery 35 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. Aminoil's present production from the field is approximately 20,800 bpd, including approximately 19,000 bpd from the offshore portion of the field. The company hopes to boost daily production to 28,000 bpd by 1988. Aminoil and predecessor companies have been operating the Huntington Beach field since the late 1930s, producing nearly 500 million bbl of oil over that period. An equivalent amount may still remain in the ground. Aminoil is undertaking the test program, including offshore steam injection, to determine how much of that volume may be economically and technically recovered.

  18. The oligocene stratigraphic framework of the coastal plain of the southeastern United States

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    Huddlestun, P.F. )

    1993-03-01

    Four lithostratigraphic associations are recognized in the Oligocene of the southeastern Coastal Plain: (1) an eastern Gulf of Mexico stratigraphic association, (2) a Gulf Trough stratigraphic association, (3) a Florida Bank stratigraphic association and (4), an Atlantic continental shelf stratigraphic association. Oligocene formations and faunal provinces appear to be directly related to the stratigraphic associations. The Vicksburg Group is restricted to the eastern Gulf of Mexico continental shelf stratigraphic association and to the Coastal Plain north and west of the Gulf Trough. The Gulf Trough stratigraphic association includes the Ochlockonee Formation, Wolf Pit Dolostone, Okapilco Limestone, and Bridgeboro Limestone (the Bridgeboro Limestones occurs only on and adjacent to the northern and southern flanks of the trough). The Florida Bank stratigraphic association is largely restricted to the area south of the Gulf Trough and includes the Ellaville Limestone, Suwannacoochee Dolostone, and Suwannee Limestone (the Suwannee Limestone also occurs immediately north of the Gulf Trough in the central Georgia Coastal Plain). The Cooper and Lazaretto Creek Formations are restricted to the Atlantic continental shelf stratigraphic association and occur only in the coastal area of Georgia, South Carolina, and beneath the continental shelf. Three faunal provinces (or subprovinces) are recognized in the southeastern Coastal Plain during the Oligocene: (1) a Gulf of Mexico continental shelf faunal province that characterizes the Gulf Trough and the region north and west of the trough, (2) a Florida province characteristic and largely restricted to the Florida Bank and (3), an Atlantic continental shelf faunal province. Through the Early Oligocene, the trough marked the limits of the Gulf of Mexico and Florida provinces.

  19. Middle Devonian (Eifelian) carbonates, Appalachian Basin: A new stratigraphic synthesis

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    Ver Straeten, C.A.; Brett, C.E. . Dept. of Geological Sciences)

    1994-04-01

    Carbonate-dominated strata equivalent to the Onondaga Formation of New York are widely known across eastern North America, from the James Bay Region of Ontario to southeastern Quebec to Georgia to Illinois. Relationships between Onondaga-equivalent strata within the Appalachian Basin itself, however, have been poorly understood. Detailed stratigraphic study of interbedded limestones and calcareous shales of the Selinsgrove Member (Needmore Formation) in central Pennsylvania reveals a number of distinctive marker units that are widely traceable throughout the region. Marker units include: a massive limestone; shale-dominated intervals; several thin black shales; the widely recognized Tioga Ash Beds; distinctive yellow to gray clays that represent additional apparent K-bentonite beds; and pyrite nodule-rich intervals. Combined, these form a very distinctive microstratigraphic framework that is widely correlatable across central Pennsylvania. This microstratigraphic framework is directly correlatable into the Onondaga Limestone of central New York, Direct comparison of the New York and Pennsylvania sections permit recognition of four subunits of the Selinsgrove Member that are equivalent to the four members of the Onondaga Formation (Edgecliff, Nedrow, Moorehouse, and Seneca Members). Therefore, it is shown that the Selinsgrove Member of the Needmore Formation is the direct equivalent of the Onondaga Formation of New York.

  20. Basal Murphy belt and Chilhowee Group -- Sequence stratigraphic comparison

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    Aylor, J.G. Jr. . Dept. of Geology)

    1994-03-01

    The lower Murphy belt in the central western Blue Ridge is interpreted to be correlative to the Early Cambrian Chilhowee Group of the westernmost Blue Ridge and Appalachian fold and thrust belt. Basal Murphy belt depositional sequence stratigraphy represents a second-order, type-2 transgressive systems tract initiated with deposition of lowstand turbidites of the Dean Formation. These transgressive deposits of the Nantahala and Brasstown Formations are interpreted as middle to outer continental shelf deposits. Cyclic and stacked third-order regressive, coarsening upwards sequences of the Nantahala Formation display an overall increase in feldspar content stratigraphically upsection. These transgressive siliciclastic deposits are interpreted to be conformably overlain by a carbonate highstand systems tract of the Murphy Marble. Palinspastic reconstruction indicates that the Nantahala and Brasstown Formations possibly represent a basinward extension of up to 3 km thick siliciclastic wedge. The wedge tapers to the southwest along the strike of the Murphy belt at 10[degree] and thins northwestward to 2 km in the Tennessee depocenter where it is represented by the Chilhowee Group. The Murphy belt basin is believed to represent a transitional rift-to-drift facies deposited on the lower plate of the southern Blue Ridge rift zone.

  1. Upper Paleozoic stratigraphic sequences in the Western Interior, USA

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    Maughan, E.K.; Macke, D.L.

    1993-04-01

    Major depositional sequences in the upper Paleozoic (Mississippian through Permian) of the Western Interior reflect either tectonism, eustatic sea-level change, or both. The stratigraphic sequences approximate (1) the Lower Mississippian Lodgepole Limestone of the Madison Group, (2) the Lower and Upper Mississippian Mission Canyon Limestone in the Madison Group, (3) the Upper Mississippian Big Snowy Group, (4) the Lower and Middle Pennsylvanian Amsden Group, (5) the Middle Pennsylvanian and Lower Permian Minnelusa Group, and (6) the Middle and Upper Permian Park City Group. These upper Paleozoic sequences in the Western Interior seem to be intricately related to similar, third-order transgressive-regressive cycles in the Cordilleran region, but precise relationships of some sequence boundaries remain to be determined. Parasequence sets evidence minor eustatic oscillations within these six major Western Interior sequences. The widespread paraconformable contact between Permian and overlying Triassic strata on the Wyoming shelf indicates that this sequence boundary resulted primarily from eustatic marine regression. Overall, the upper Paleozoic sequences of the Western Interior were deposited in a stable epeirogenic framework that succeeded Devonian tectonism but were diastrophically affected again during the Pennsylvanian. The timing of these diastrophic events in the Western Interior seem to coincide with plate collision events along the eastern and southern margins of North America, but eustatic changes may be related to other causes.

  2. Horizontal drilling in the Austin Chalk: Stratigraphic factors

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    Durham, C.O. Jr. ); Bobigian, R.A. )

    1990-05-01

    Horizontal drilling has renewed interest in the Austin chalk in south-central Texas. Large fields on opposite sides of the San Marcos arch Giddings to the northeast and Pearsall to the southwest were active with vertical drilling 10 years ago. Giddings' 4,500 Austin wells produced 209 million BO and 934 bcfg of gas through 1988; Pearsall's 1,440 wells produced 57 million BO and 35 bcfg of gas. Most vertical wells were completed, 20% were economic successes, 40% were marginal, 40% were uneconomic due to uneven areal distribution of near-vertical fractures and small faults, which provide reservoirs in otherwise tight chalk. Horizontal drilling, led by Amoco in Giddings and Oryx in Pearsall, enhances the chances of encountering the fractures by drilling perpendicular to the fracture trend. Horizontal drilling requires preselection of the stratigraphic horizon to be penetrated. One must understand the variable Austin stratigraphy to choose the zone with the most brittle character and best matrix porosity, both reduced by increased clay content. Chalk 130 ft thick on the San Marcos arch thickens to 600 to 800 ft in central Giddings field where middle marl separates lower and upper chalk Northeastward only lower chalk is preserved beneath a post-Austin submarine channel. The Austin thickens to 300-500 ft in Pearsall field where middle member ash beds separate lower and upper chalk inhibiting vertical reservoir communication. Locally, on the Pearsall arch, ash is missing, lower chalk thickens, and upper chalk thins.

  3. The ocean-continent transition zones: Stratigraphic and paleoecosystem studies

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    Gladenkov, Yu.B. )

    1993-03-01

    The author uses the Cenozoic of the Russian Pacific coast, drawing particularly on his 30-year experience with the molluscan faunas, as the source of examples of the ways that regional and global changes in the inorganic world affect the living world, as reflected in the stratigraphic and paleontologic record. The shelf ecosystem, despite its relative stability, shows periods of rapid change, reflecting both migration and accelerated evolution. The shelf ecosystem of the boreal belt evolved during Cenozoic time in an environment of changing paleoclimatic and paleogeographic phenomena. In spite of all their complexity and the considerable stressed nature of situations during individual moments in geological time, the ecosystem displayed a relative stability. The composition and structure of biotic communities, judging by the mollusks, changed with a definite trend (since Oligocene time, mainly on the species level), with gradual replacement through time of some forms by others, and with an increase in the percentage of Holocene species. This linear process was complicated by moments when the process accelerated. The problems encountered require wider discussion. The observed patterns of development of abiotic and biotic phenomena in this region, with its definite cyclicity and synchroneity, may be valuable in deciphering such patterns in other regions of the globe. The trends seen in the evolution of the biotic communities during Cenozoic time may also provide a basis for predicting the development of shelf ecosystems in the forthcoming decades and centuries. 46 refs., 2 figs., 2 tabs.

  4. Pleistocene sediments of Lake Baikal: Lithology and stratigraphic correlation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Akulov, N. I.; Mashchuk, I. M.; Akulova, V. V.

    2015-01-01

    The Cenozoic sediments of Lake Baikal penetrated by boreholes and investigated by the manned submersible Pisces, as well as coeval deposits cropping out in beach scarps, recovered by mine workings, and drilled in the coastal zone were the object of this investigation. The main attention was paid to Pleistocene bottom sediments penetrated by Borehole BDP-99-2. The investigations included the detailed analysis of the lithology (grain-size composition, immersion mineralogy of light and heavy fractions, X-ray structural analysis of clayey fraction) and palynological assemblages to specify facies features of Cenozoic sediments, correlate all their known stratigraphic units constituting the sedimentary section of the lake with their analogs in the onshore part of the Baikal rift zone, and compile the composite Cenozoic section. The following features of these sediments are noted: (1) as a whole, Pleistocene sediments are characterized by the hydromica-smectite composition of their clayey fraction with an insignificant share of kaoline; (2) the heavy fraction is dominated by the terrigenous epidote-amphibole association poorly resistant to weathering; (3) Pleistocene sediments of the lake contain siderite, vivianite, pyrite, and goethite concretions and micrometeorites, in addition to well-known ferromanganese nodules; (4) the presence of relict palynomorphs in Pleistocene sediments of Baikal is determined by their erosion from Miocene and Pliocene cavernous clays cropping out on underwater slopes of the Posol'skaya Bank and subsequent reburial along with Pleistocene palynological assemblages.

  5. Submitted for Review Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, ASME PRACTICAL AIRGAP PREDICTION FOR OFFSHORE STRUCTURES

    E-print Network

    Sweetman, Bert

    Department Texas A&M University at Galveston 200 Seawolf Parkway Galveston, Texas 77553, USA sweetman increase in the water surface elevation caused incident waves interacting with an offshore structure extreme airgap events using model test data. Estimates of extreme airgap events based on this method

  6. P-wave velocity features of methane hydrate-bearing turbidity sediments sampled by a pressure core tool, from the first offshore production test site in the eastern Nankai Trough, Japan

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Suzuki, K.; Santamarina, C. J.; Waite, W. F.; Winters, W. J.; Ito, T.; Nakatsuka, Y.; Konno, Y.; Yoneda, J.; Kida, M.; Jin, Y.; Egawa, K.; Fujii, T.; Nagao, J.

    2013-12-01

    Turbidite sediments around the production test site at Daini-Atsumi knoll were deposited under channel and lobe environments of a submarine fan. Changes in physical properties of the sediments are likely caused by differences in the depositional environments. In addition, methane hydrate (MH) crystals growing among sediment grains alter the sediment's original physical properties. Thus, distinguishing between hydrate-bearing sediment and hydrate-free sediment based only on physical property changes measured during downhole logging can be difficult. To more precisely analyze sediment properties, core samples of MH-bearing sediments were taken at the first offshore MH production test site. Samples were collected using a wireline hybrid pressure coring system (Hybrid PCS), which retains downhole pressure, thereby preventing dissociation of MH in the sampled cores. Nondestructive, high-pressure analyses were conducted in both the 2012 summer drilling campaign and a 2013 winter laboratory study in Sapporo. To handle Hybrid PCS cores during the pressure coring campaign in the summer of 2012, a pressure core analysis and transfer system (PCATS) was installed on the research vessel Chikyu (Yamamoto et al., 2012). PCATS P-wave velocity measurements were made at in situ water pressure without causing any core destruction or MH dissociation. In January 2013, Georgia Tech (GT), USGS, AIST, and JOGMEC researchers used pressure core characterization tools (PCCTs) developed by GT to re-measure the P-wave velocity of the MH-bearing sediments at high pressure and low, non-freezing temperature. In the PCATS analysis, results showed a difference of more than 1,200 m/s in P-wave velocities between the MH-bearing sandy and muddy layers. This difference in P-wave velocities was confirmed by PCCTs measurements. P-wave velocities within the turbidite interval tend to decrease upward with the textural grading of the turbidite. Our result implies that MH concentration, which is related to the pore size of sediments, tends to be highest in coarser layers, enhancing the P-wave velocity change through the turbidite. Acknowledgement Authors would like to express thanks to Geotek for their assistance during the 2012 pressure core operation/analysis. This research is conducted as a part of MH21 research and the authors would like to express their sincere appreciation to MH21 and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry for disclosure permission for this research.

  7. Stratigraphic controls on seawater intrusion and implications for groundwater management, Dominguez Gap area of Los Angeles, California, USA

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Nishikawa, Tracy; Siade, A. J.; Reichard, E. G.; Ponti, D. J.; Canales, A. G.; Johnson, T. A.

    2009-11-01

    Groundwater pumping has led to extensive water-level declines and seawater intrusion in coastal Los Angeles, California (USA). A SUTRA-based solute-transport model was developed to test the hydraulic implications of a sequence-stratigraphic model of the Dominguez Gap area and to assess the effects of water-management scenarios. The model is two-dimensional, vertical and follows an approximate flow line extending from the Pacific Ocean through the Dominguez Gap area. Results indicate that a newly identified fault system can provide a pathway for transport of seawater and that a stratigraphic boundary located between the Bent Spring and Upper Wilmington sequences may control the vertical movement of seawater. Three 50-year water-management scenarios were considered: (1) no change in water-management practices; (2) installation of a slurry wall; and (3) raising inland water levels to 7.6 m above sea level. Scenario 3 was the most effective by reversing seawater intrusion. The effects of an instantaneous 1-m sea-level rise were also tested using water-management scenarios 1 and 3. Results from two 100-year simulations indicate that a 1-m sea-level rise may accelerate seawater intrusion for scenario 1; however, scenario 3 remains effective for controlling seawater intrusion.

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  16. Offshore Energy Knowledge Exchange Workshop Report

    SciTech Connect

    none,

    2012-04-12

    A report detailing the presentations and topics discussed at the Offshore Energy Knowledge Exchange Workshop, an event designed to bring together offshore energy industry representatives to share information, best practices, and lessons learned.

  17. Applying high-resolution sequence stratigraphic tools to the Texas continental margin to fine-tune conventional sequence stratigraphic models and improve reservoir prediction

    SciTech Connect

    Anderson, J.A.; Banfield, L.A.; Eckles, B.J.

    1996-12-31

    A regional sequence stratigraphic study of the Texas continental margin resulted in an improved understanding of Pleistocene-Holocene eustatic sea level fluctuations and their influence on depositional environments associated with several distinct systems: the Colorado/Brazos system, the Texas interfluve region, and the Rio Grande system. The dataset consists of approximately 7500 kilometers of high-resolution seismic profiloes, 200 borehole descriptions, and 12 sediment cores. The study involved analysis of three independent variables to better constrain Pleistocene-Holocene sea level history: coastal onlap derived from high-resolution seismic profiles; oxygen isotope data determined from selected sediment cores; and paleoenvironmental data developed from high-resolution micropaleontologic analyses. Combined lithologic data and seismic facies analysis is used to map the distribution of major depositional systems on the shelf during one complete glacial eustatic cycle. Our study provided anopportunity to fine tune conventional stratigraphic models with regard to the distribution of potential reservoirs relative to regionally mappable stratigraphic surfaces.

  18. Potential threats to offshore platforms

    SciTech Connect

    Jenkins, B.M.

    1988-01-01

    Increasingly spectacular acts of terrorism have led to growing concern that terrorists will move beyond the symbols of society and directly attack its technological and industrial vulnerabilities. Offshore platforms have been frequently mentioned among the potential targets terrorists might attack. This concern, however, has not resulted in extensive research like that devoted to possible threats to nuclear facilities, which have also been frequently mentioned as possible future targets of terrorists. For one thing, offshore drilling does not invoke the fear inherent in the word nuclear, a fear that translates directly into heavy security for the nuclear industry. Neither does the construction of offshore platforms provoke anything like the kind of protest generated by the construction of nuclear facilities.

  19. Offshore and onshore engineering practices compared

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1984-01-01

    The comparison between the practices relevant to onshore and offshore developments is the overall theme of this book. It provides help and guidance to people familiar with onshore practices who are venturing offshore for the first time or vice versa. They draw attention to the lessons of experience which benefit future developments and point to future guidelines and regulations. CONTENTS: Project economic evaluation and conceptual planning - the differences between onshore and offshore projects; A comparison of offshore and onshore plant design; Gas compression equipment - design differences between onshore and offshore applications; Experience in reliable pump design for onshore and offshore applications; Operability, reliability and maintenance - the differences onshore and offshore; Risk analysis in layout and safety engineering for platforms and terminals; The design of electrical supplies for equipment operation; Production measurements for a North Sea oil field; Chemical treatment and process equipment for water injection and oily water treatment systems offshore and onshore; Gas desulphurisation - the consequence of moving the process offshore; A comparison of offshore and onshore pipeline construction and commissioning; Pre-commissioning and commissioning of facilities onshore and offshore; Some aspects of revamp work on onshore and offshore plants.

  20. 17 CFR 230.904 - Offshore resales.

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  2. Bats and offshore wind turbines studied in

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  3. The history of tectonism on Venus: A stratigraphic analysis

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ivanov, Mikhail A.; Head, James W.

    2015-08-01

    The surface of Venus displays several tectonized terrains in which the morphologic characteristics of the original materials are almost completely erased by superposed tectonic structures whose large dimensions (»100 km) suggest formation related to mantle convection. The characteristics of these tectonized terrains are in contrast to volcanic units in which tectonic structures are less significant or absent and thus do not obscure the volcanic character of the units. We describe the temporal distribution of tectonized terrains, their stratigraphic relationships with volcanic units, and how these outline the major episodes in the geological evolution of Venus. Five major tectonized units make up ~20% of the planet: (1) tessera (t, 7.3%), (2) densely lineated plains (pdl, 1.6%), (3) ridged plains/ridge belts (pr/rb, 2.4%), (4) groove belts (gb, 8.1%), and (5) rift zones (rz, 5.0%). Clear relationships of relative age are often seen among the tectonic and volcanic units at the global scale and define three contrasting regimes of volcanic and tectonic resurfacing. The majority of tectonized terrains (t through gb) are the products of tectonic resurfacing and are embayed by the vast volcanic plains and, thus, are older. There are no units with either mildly- or non-tectonized surfaces that interleave the tectonic terrains, which would be expected if the tectonic resurfacing operated only during specific repetitive phases in discrete regions. These tectonized terrains (t through gb) thus define a tectonically dominated regime of resurfacing that occurred at a global-scale near the beginning of the observable geological history of Venus. This ancient tectonic regime began with formation of tessera and was followed by formation of pdl and pr/rb. Groove belts formed near the end of this regime. Branches of groove belts compose the tectonic components of many coronae, suggesting that these features are genetically related (e.g., mutual development of mantle diapirs and zones of extension) and that coronae may have punctuated the final stages of the ancient tectonic regime. This regime was followed by emplacement of the vast volcanic plains, such as shield and regional plains, the surfaces of which are extensively deformed by the global network of wrinkle ridges. Emplacement of the plains defines the second, volcanically dominated regime, representing a time when surface tectonic deformation related to the mantle convection waned. Rift zones are the stratigraphically youngest manifestations of regional-scale tectonic deformation on Venus. Rifts are spatially and temporarily associated with the youngest lava flows and often cut the crest areas of large, but isolated, dome-shaped rises. Structures of rift zones always cut the surface of the vast plains, which means that rifts are separated in time from the ancient tectonic regime, post-date the regional plains, and represent a new phase of tectonism that was contemporaneous with the late volcanism of lobate plains. Rift zones and lobate plains define the third, network rifting-volcanism regime, of resurfacing that was related to late stages of evolution of the dome-shaped rises.

  4. Palynological, stratigraphic and chemical analyses of sediments in the Lothians with particular reference to the Lateglacial 

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    Alexander, Alan John

    1985-01-01

    Palynological and stratigraphic investigations have been conducted on sediment cores for three sites in Lothian Region, Scotland: Balgone House, Broxmouth and Corstorphine. All phases of the Lateglacial period, as far as ...

  5. Impact Craters as Stratigraphic Markers Using CTX-based Crater Size-Frequency Distributions

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    Berman, D. C.; Crown, D. A.; Joseph, E. C. S.; Chuang, F. C.

    2010-03-01

    With the availability of new high-resolution datasets for Mars, ages of individual impact craters can be estimated from counts of small craters superposed on their ejecta blankets and used as local stratigraphic markers.

  6. Offshore Renewable Energy R&D (Fact Sheet)

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    Not Available

    2011-10-01

    This fact sheet describes the offshore renewable energy R&D efforts at NREL's NWTC. As the United States increases its efforts to tap the domestic energy sources needed to diversify its energy portfolio and secure its energy supply, more attention is being focused on the rich renewable resources located offshore. Offshore renewable energy sources include offshore wind, waves, tidal currents, ocean and river currents, and ocean thermal gradients. According to a report published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in 2010,1 U.S. offshore wind resources have a gross potential generating capacity four times greater than the nation's present electric capacity, and the Electric Power Research Institute estimates that the nation's ocean energy resources could ultimately supply at least 10% of its electric supply. For more than 30 years, NREL has advanced the science of renewable energy while building the capabilities to guide rapid deployment of commercial applications. Since 1993, NREL's National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) has been the nation's premier wind energy research facility, specializing in the advancement of wind technologies that range in size from a kilowatt to several megawatts. For more than 8 years, the NWTC has been an international leader in the field of offshore floating wind system analysis. Today, researchers at the NWTC are taking their decades of experience and extensive capabilities and applying them to help industry develop cost-effective hydrokinetic systems that convert the kinetic energy in water to provide power for our nation's heavily populated coastal regions. The center's capabilities and experience cover a wide spectrum of wind and water energy engineering disciplines, including atmospheric and ocean fluid mechanics, aerodynamics; aeroacoustics, hydrodynamics, structural dynamics, control systems, electrical systems, and testing.

  7. The 1911 Quadrant offshore Namibia; Exploration in a virgin basin

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    Holtar, E.; Forsberg, A.

    1995-08-01

    As a result of the first licensing round in independent Namibia, the Namibian authorities in 1992 awarded five offshore licenses to five different companies or groups of companies. License no. 001 was awarded in 1992 to a group consisting of three Norwegian oil companies, Norsk Hydro, Saga Petroleum and Statoil, with Hydro as the operator. Somewhat later Bow Valley Energy (now Talisman Energy) farmed in. Since 1992 a seismic survey of 7200 km has been acquired over the license area that covers 11.619 sq. Km of the Walvis Basin. This basin was undrilled until the 1911/15-1 well was finished at a depth of 4586mRKB in early 1994. The sedimentary succession of the 1911/15-1 well reflects a depositional history that postdates the Neocorman Etendeka plateau basalts found onshore Namibia. After the onset of the drift phase in late Hauterivian times, the Walvis Basin subsided and eventually a marine transgression took place. Shallow marine platform sedimentation then prevailed until an Albian tectonic event resulted in complex block faulting and the formation of several sub basins. Subsequent volcanic activity created a series of volcanic centres localized on the Walvis Ridge bathymetric feature. In early Late Cretaceous the Southern African craton was uplifted relative to the shelf, leading to the formation of large scale westward prograding wedges. Later sedimentation largely followed the evolution of a passive continental margin, responding to relative sealevel changes and paleoclimate. A stratigraphic breakdown of the Northern Namibian offshore is proposed, and compared to South African and Angolan nomenclature.

  8. Sedimentary facies and stratigraphic architecture in coarse-grained deltas: Anatomy of the Cenozoic Camaná Formation, southern Peru (16°25?S to 17°15?S)

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    Alván, Aldo; von Eynatten, Hilmar

    2014-10-01

    In the external forearc of southern Peru (Arequipa region), the sedimentary facies and the stratigraphic architecture of the Cenozoic Camaná Formation are presented in the context of tectono-eustatic controls. The Camaná Formation is defined as ?500 m thick coarse-grained deltaic complex that accumulated in a fault-bounded elongated depression extending from the Coastal Cordillera in the east to the offshore Mollendo Basin in the west and likely up to the Peruvian Trench. Based on the analysis of facies associations, we propose a refined stratigraphic scheme of the Camaná Basin fill. The Camaná Formation was formerly divided into the Camaná “A” and Camaná “B” units (CamA and CamB, respectively). We reinterpret the stratigraphic position and the timing of the CamA to CamB boundary, and define three sub-units for CamA, i.e. sub-units A1, A2, and A3. Each depositional unit shows individual stacking patterns, which are linked with particular shoreline trajectories through time. Strata of A1 form the basal succession of the Camaná Formation and consist of distributary channels and mouth bars, unconformably overlain by beds of A2. A2 consists of delta front deposits arranged in voluminous clinothems that reflect a progradational downstepping complex. A3 consists of delta front sandstones to prodelta siltstones arranged in retrogradational onlapping geometry. A pebbly intercalation in proximal onlapping A3 deposits is interpreted to reflect pulses of uplift in the hinterland. The overlying CamB unit is characterized by a thick alternation of fluvio-deltaic conglomerates and sand bars. The ages of the individual units of the Camaná Formation are not yet well defined. Based on the available information and stratigraphic correlations we tentatively assign A1 to the Late Oligocene, A2 to the Early Miocene, A3 to the late Early Miocene to early Middle Miocene, and CamB to the Late Miocene to? early Pliocene. The sub-units A1 and A2 represent a regressive systems tract, where the shoreline was forced to migrate seaward. This scenario differs from the Early Miocene eustatic sea-level rise suggesting that significant tectonic uplift along the Coastal Cordillera controlled the high sediment influx during A2 deposition. The sub-unit A3 represents a transgressive systems tract, triggering landward migration of the shoreline. This scenario is well in line with the global sea-level chart suggesting that A3 has been deposited during a phase of eustatic sea-level rise with minor tectonic activity. The fluvial deposits of CamB reflect an increased sediment flux due to uplift of the hinterland. The observed stratigraphic patterns support predominant tectonic control on sedimentation in the Camaná Basin and the established stratigraphic framework provides an essential baseline for future correlations of the Cenozoic sedimentation in the forearc area of the Central Andes.

  9. Integrated onshore-offshore investigation of a Mediterranean layered coastal aquifer.

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    Lofi, Johanna; Pezard, Philippe; Bouchette, Frédéric; Raynal, Olivier; Sabatier, Pierre; Denchik, Nataliya; Levannier, Arnaud; Dezileau, Laurent; Certain, Raphaël

    2013-01-01

    Most of the Mediterranean coastal porous aquifers are intensively exploited. Because of climatic and anthropogenic effects, understanding the physical and geological controls on groundwater distribution and flow dynamics in such aquifers is crucial. This study presents the results of a structural investigation of a system located along the coastline of the Gulf of Lions (NW Mediterranean). A key aspect of this study relies on an onshore-offshore integrated approach combining outcrops, seismic profiles, and borehole data analysis. This multidisciplinary approach provides constraints on pore-fluid salinity distribution and stratigraphic organization, which are crucial in assessing the modes of groundwater/seawater exchanges. Onshore, Lower Pliocene deposits dip gently seaward. They are unconformably overlain by Holocene clays in the lagoons. Offshore the Pliocene deposits either outcrop at the seabed or are buried below nonconsolidated sands infilling paleo-valleys. Beneath the lido, the groundwater salinity distribution consists of salty pore water, overlying fresher pore water. Active circulation of groundwater masses is inferred from the geophysical results. In particular, offshore outcrops and paleo-valleys may play an important role in salt water intrusion. PMID:23163402

  10. National Offshore Wind Energy Grid Interconnection Study

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    Daniel, John P.; Liu, Shu; Ibanez, Eduardo; Pennock, Ken; Reed, Greg; Hanes, Spencer

    2014-07-30

    The National Offshore Wind Energy Grid Interconnection Study (NOWEGIS) considers the availability and potential impacts of interconnecting large amounts of offshore wind energy into the transmission system of the lower 48 contiguous United States. A total of 54GW of offshore wind was assumed to be the target for the analyses conducted. A variety of issues are considered including: the anticipated staging of offshore wind; the offshore wind resource availability; offshore wind energy power production profiles; offshore wind variability; present and potential technologies for collection and delivery of offshore wind energy to the onshore grid; potential impacts to existing utility systems most likely to receive large amounts of offshore wind; and regulatory influences on offshore wind development. The technologies considered the reliability of various high-voltage ac (HVAC) and high-voltage dc (HVDC) technology options and configurations. The utility system impacts of GW-scale integration of offshore wind are considered from an operational steady-state perspective and from a regional and national production cost perspective.

  11. Making up for Lost Time: Stratigraphic and Geochemical Implications of a Long-Lived Sturtian Glaciation

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    Macdonald, F. A.; Schmitz, M. D.; Condon, D. J.; Zhu, M.; Rooney, A. D.; Brandon, A. D.

    2014-12-01

    Geochronology provides a direct test of many models pertaining to the nature of Cryogenian climate change. Here we present new U-Pb and Re-Os geochronological constraints on Sturtian glacial deposits from Zambia, Arctic Alaska, Mongolia, South China, and throughout Laurentia. We present these new ages in stratigraphic, sedimentological and geochemical context to integrate data from other key localities, such as Namibia and Australia, and to construct a new age model for the Cryogenian Period. We find that there is no evidence for a global, pre-717 Ma glaciation. Instead, Sturtian glacial deposits appeared on all of these cratons by 717 Ma following widespread basaltic volcanism. We then review the nature and duration of the >50 Myr long Sturtian glacial epoch. In many localities, strata deposited during this interval are characterized by two massive diamictite units separated by diamictite-free, siliciclastic strata. These intervening clast-poor deposits are commonly interpreted to represent an interglacial period, however, alternatively they formed during a long-lived glaciation as newly rifted margins subsided and detached from the ice-grounding line. In the aftermath of the Sturtian glaciation, high sedimentation rates made up for lost time, and filled pent-up accommodation space, creating thick Cryogenian non-glacial interlude deposits on many margins. We discuss implications for geochemical cycles and the interpretation of carbon isotope anomalies.

  12. Foundations for offshore wind turbines.

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    Byrne, B W; Houlsby, G T

    2003-12-15

    An important engineering challenge of today, and a vital one for the future, is to develop and harvest alternative sources of energy. This is a firm priority in the UK, with the government setting a target of 10% of electricity from renewable sources by 2010. A component central to this commitment will be to harvest electrical power from the vast energy reserves offshore, through wind turbines or current or wave power generators. The most mature of these technologies is that of wind, as much technology transfer can be gained from onshore experience. Onshore wind farms, although supplying 'green energy', tend to provoke some objections on aesthetic grounds. These objections can be countered by locating the turbines offshore, where it will also be possible to install larger capacity turbines, thus maximizing the potential of each wind farm location. This paper explores some civil-engineering problems encountered for offshore wind turbines. A critical component is the connection of the structure to the ground, and in particular how the load applied to the structure is transferred safely to the surrounding soil. We review previous work on the design of offshore foundations, and then present some simple design calculations for sizing foundations and structures appropriate to the wind-turbine problem. We examine the deficiencies in the current design approaches, and the research currently under way to overcome these deficiencies. Designs must be improved so that these alternative energy sources can compete economically with traditional energy suppliers. PMID:14667305

  13. Seismic paleoceanography and the stratigraphic signature of rapid climate changes

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    Berne, Serge; Sierro, Francisco Javier

    2015-04-01

    The term "seismic paleoceanography" was introduced in 2004 by R. Schneider, a former Chair of Images, during the EC-funded « Promess » project, for highlighting the importance of seismic data in paleoceanographic reconstructions during this particular project. The interest of seismic stratigraphy prior to drilling operations, such as those of the IODP, has long been recognized, and became a pre-requisite for the submission of scientific proposals. However, this kind of expedition generally relies on relatively low resolution, multi-channel seismic data where only the impact of major climate changes can be visualized. In contrast, a large proportion of the Images community, more familiar with the Marion Dufresne, mainly considers seismic data as a support for selecting the best coring sites. The large amount of shallow cores, borehole and seismic (at various frequencies) data available in the Gulf of Lions allows us to illustrate the importance of very high- and ultra high- resolution seismic data for tracking the signature of rapid climate changes. The flooding events associated to "Bond Cycles" (bundles of several Dansgaard-Oeschger cycles) during MIS 3- MIS 2, are an example of the interesting feedbacks between seismic interpretation and high-resolution paleoceanography. These events where first identified in the Gulf of Lions through the multi-proxy analysis of cores retrieved at site PRGL1-4 (Sierro et al., 2009). In return, the re-examination of seismic data allows us to identify a series of corresponding seismic bounding surfaces (characterized by toplap and onlap terminations) along the continental slope. In terms of seismic amplitudes, the seismic surface associated to the transition between Heinrich Stadial 4 and Interstadial 8 appears as the most pronounced event during the entire MIS3-MIS2, suggesting that the magnitude of the associated sea-level change was the most important of this interval. Even more subtle events, such as the Melt Water Pulse 19 ka, have a distinct seismic stratigraphic signature, in the form of a mappable transgressive parasequence. Once identified at a specific location, such distinct seismic signatures might become important guides in the selection of coring sites along margins that have not yet been cored extensively. Sierro, F. J. et al. (2009). Phase relationship between sea level and abrupt climate change." Quaternary Science Reviews 28(25-26): 2867-2881.

  14. The International Subcommission on Stratigraphic Classification of the International Commission on Stratigraphy: The Knowledge

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    Pratt, Brian

    2014-05-01

    The International Subcommission on Stratigraphic Classification (ISSC) was born in 1955 as an effort to promote awareness of stratigraphic principles and encourage worldwide standardization of stratigraphic approaches and terminology. The first major achievement of ISSC was the 1976 publication of the International Stratigraphic Guide. It was revised in 1994, with an abridged version appearing in 1999. These documents achieved their goals magnificently: cited innumerable times and forming the core of many national stratigraphic codes. As the discipline has evolved, particularly from technological advances and ocean drilling, new tools and methodologies have been developed and these have led to ever finer resolution of geological time and ever more exact correlation of stratigraphic units and events, thereby enhancing the understanding of the genesis of the geological record. Under the leadership of M. B. Cita, ISSC embarked in 2002 on a renewed initiative to disseminate to the global geological community these newer developments, and ultimately incorporate them into a third edition of the Guide. To this aim, traditional and new branches of stratigraphy are being treated: chemostratigraphy, cyclostratigraphy, magnetostratigraphy, lithostratigraphy, sequence stratigraphy, biostratigraphy, and chronostratigraphy. An open-access review paper is dedicated to each and published in Newsletters on Stratigraphy. The next edition of the Guide will be inclusive of all branches of stratigraphy and also embrace igneous and metamorphic rocks. It is envisaged that a textbook on stratigraphy based on these papers and the revised Guide could prove a timely contribution, especially to younger generations of practitioners, and aid global communication and understanding of stratigraphic principles and methods.

  15. Geological history of the Flemish Pass Basin, offshore Newfoundland

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    Foster, D.G.; Robinson, A.G. )

    1993-04-01

    In this paper the authors present a seismic-stratigraphic interpretation of the Mesozoic and Tertiary geologic history of the Flemish Pass Basin, offshore Newfoundland, based on seismic data and data from seven wells that were integrated on the BP subsurface integrated interpretation system (SIIS). Four megasequences are identified. Megasequence 1 (MSI) is Triassic to lower Berriasian, and includes poorly known sediments associated with Triassic-Early Jurrasic rifting prior to spreading between the North African and American continents. The uppermost mappable unconformity-bounded unit within MSI contains major Kimmeridgian to Portlandian marine source rocks deposited in two east-west-trending subbasins in the Baccalieu and Gabriel areas. During the early Berrasian, pronounced rifting linked to the subsequent spreading of Iberia from the Grand Banks (Barremian-Aptian) led to regional deepening and deposition of clastic sediments (MS2) in two northeast-southwest-trending, fault-bounded subbasins in the Baccalieu and Gabriel areas. In the Aptian, Early Cretaceous subbasins were inverted due to strike-slip movement as extension assumed a northeast-southwest orientation prior to movement of Greenland/Europe away from Labrador (Albian). MS3 sediments fill northwest-southeast trending fault-bounded depocenters typically located on areas that had formed highs during Early Cretaceous. Postrift sedimentation continued from the Albian( ) to the present with Upper Cretaceous pelagic limestone and later clastic sediment deposition. 37 refs., 19 figs., 1 tab.

  16. Preliminary seismic characterization of parts of the island of Gotland in preparation for a potential CO2 storage test site

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    Lydersen, Ida; Sopher, Daniel; Juhlin, Christopher

    2015-04-01

    Geological storage of CO2 is one of the available options to reduce CO2-emissions from large point sources. Previous work in the Baltic Sea Basin has inferred a large storage potential in several stratigraphic units. The most promising of these is the Faludden sandstone, exhibiting favorable reservoir properties and forming a regional stratigraphic trap. A potential location for a pilot CO2 injection site, to explore the suitability of the Faludden reservoir is onshore Gotland, Sweden. In this study onshore and offshore data have been digitized and interpreted, along with well data, to provide a detailed characterization of the Faludden reservoir below parts of Gotland. Maps and regional seismic profiles describing the extent and top structure of the Faludden sandstone are presented. The study area covers large parts of the island of Gotland, and extends about 50-70km offshore. The seismic data presented is part of a larger dataset acquired by Oljeprospektering AB (OPAB) between 1970 and 1990. The dataset is to this date largely unpublished, therefore re-processing and interpretation of these data provide improved insight into the subsurface of the study area. Two longer seismic profiles crossing Gotland ENE-WSW have been interpreted to give a large scale, regional control of the Faludden sandstone. A relatively tight grid of land seismic following the extent of the Faludden sandstone along the eastern coast to the southernmost point has been interpreted to better understand the actual distribution and geometry of the Faludden sandstone beneath Gotland. The maps from this study help to identify the most suitable area for a potential test injection site for CO2-storage, and to further the geological understanding of the area in general.

  17. Beaufortian stratigraphic plays in the National Petroleum Reserve - Alaska (NPRA)

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    Houseknecht, David W.

    2003-01-01

    The Beaufortian megasequence in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPRA) includes Jurassic through lower Cretaceous (Neocomian) strata of the Kingak Shale and the overlying pebble shale unit. These strata are part of a composite total petroleum system involving hydrocarbons expelled from source rocks in three stratigraphic intervals, the Lower Jurassic part of the Kingak Shale, the Triassic Shublik Formation, and the Lower Cretaceous gamma-ray zone (GRZ) and associated strata. The potential for undiscovered oil and gas resources in the Beaufortian megasequence in NPRA was assessed by defining eight plays (assessment units), two in lower Cretaceous (Neocomian) topset seismic facies, four in Upper Jurassic topset seismic facies, one in Lower Jurassic topset seismic facies, and one in Jurassic through lower Cretaceous (Neocomian) clinoform seismic facies. The Beaufortian Cretaceous Topset North Play is estimated to contain between 0 (95-percent probability) and 239 (5-percent probability) million barrels of technically recoverable oil, with a mean (expected value) of 103 million barrels. The Beaufortian Cretaceous Topset North Play is estimated to contain between 0 (95-percent probability) and 1,162 (5-percent probability) billion cubic feet of technically recoverable, nonassociated natural gas, with a mean (expected value) of 405 billion cubic feet. The Beaufortian Cretaceous Topset South Play is estimated to contain between 635 (95-percent probability) and 4,004 (5-percent probability) billion cubic feet of technically recoverable, nonassociated natural gas, with a mean (expected value) of 2,130 billion cubic feet. No technically recoverable oil is assessed in the Beaufortian Cretaceous Topset South Play, as it lies at depths that are entirely in the gas window. The Beaufortian Upper Jurassic Topset Northeast Play is estimated to contain between 2,744 (95-percent probability) and 8,086 (5-percent probability) million barrels of technically recoverable oil, with a mean (expected value) of 5,176 million barrels. No technically recoverable gas is assessed in the Beaufortian Upper Jurassic Topset Northeast Play. The Beaufortian Upper Jurassic Topset Northwest Play is estimated to contain between 733 (95-percent probability) and 3,312 (5-percent probability) million barrels of technically recoverable oil, with a mean (expected value) of 1,859 million barrels. No technically recoverable gas is assessed in the Beaufortian Upper Jurassic Topset Northwest Play. The Beaufortian Upper Jurassic Topset Southeast Play is estimated to contain between 2,053 (95-percent probability) and 9,030 (5-percent probability) billion cubic feet of technically recoverable, nonassociated natural gas, with a mean (expected value) of 5,137 billion cubic feet. No technically recoverable oil is assessed in the Beaufortian Upper Jurassic Topset Southeast Play, as it lies at depths that are entirely in the gas window. The Beaufortian Upper Jurassic Topset Southwest Play is estimated to contain between 2,008 (95-percent probability) and 9,265 (5-percent probability) billion cubic feet of technically recoverable, nonassociated natural gas, with a mean (expected value) of 5,220 billion cubic feet. No technically recoverable oil is assessed in the Beaufortian Upper Jurassic Topset Southwest Play, as it lies at depths that are entirely in the gas window. The Beaufortian Lower Jurassic Topset Play is estimated to contain between 0 (95-percent probability) and 210 (5-percent probability) million barrels of technically recoverable oil, with a mean (expected value) of 83 million barrels. The Beaufortian Lower Jurassic Topset Play is estimated to contain between 0 (95-percent probability) and 1,915 (5-percent probability) billion cubic feet of technically recoverable, nonassociated natural gas, with a mean (expected value) of 793 billion cubic feet. The Beaufortian Clinoform Play is estimated to contain between 0 (95-percent probability)

  18. Two offshore Australian crudes assayed

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    Rhodes, A.K.

    1994-05-09

    Two light, sweet crudes from offshore Australia have been assayed. Gippsland crude, also called Bass Strait, is produced off the coast of Victoria, in southeastern Australia. The 47 API, 0.09% sulfur crude was analyzed in mid-1993. Skua, a 42 API, 0.06 wt % sulfur crude, is produced in the Timor Sea. Data are given on the whole crude and fractions for both deposits. Both chemical and physical properties are listed.

  19. Pipelaying in artic offshore waters

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    Langner, C. G.

    1985-11-19

    The present invention provides a method and apparatus for constructing pipelines in Arctic offshore waters by a directional drilling technique, thereby minimizing exposure to ice gouging and eliminating the hazards associated with unstable permafrost. A special drilling-pipe-line construction vessel is also provided which has a conical shape with reinforced outer walls to resist ice forces, which vessel includes means to install deep underground pipeline segments and means to connect and protect the pipe ends.

  20. Fatigue handbook: Offshore steel structures

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    Almarnaess, A.

    1985-01-01

    The contents of this book are: Overview of Offshore Steel Structures; Loads on Ocean Structures; Fracture Mechanics As a Tool in Fatigue Analysis; Basic Fatigue Properties of Welded Joints; Significance of Defects; Improving the Fatigue Strength of Welded Joints; Effects of Marine Environment and Cathodic Protection on Fatigue of Structural Steels Fatigue of Tubular Joints; Unstable Fracture; Fatigue Life Calculations; and Fatigue in Building Codes Background and Applications.

  1. Gas Production From a Cold, Stratigraphically Bounded Hydrate Deposit at the Mount Elbert Site, North Slope, Alaska

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    Moridis, G.J.; Silpngarmlert, S.; Reagan, M. T.; Collett, T.S.; Zhang, K.

    2009-09-01

    As part of an effort to identify suitable targets for a planned long-term field test, we investigate by means of numerical simulation the gas production potential from unit D, a stratigraphically bounded (Class 3) permafrost-associated hydrate occurrence penetrated in the ount Elbert well on North Slope, Alaska. This shallow, low-pressure deposit has high porosities, high intrinsic permeabilities and high hydrate saturations. It has a low temperature because of its proximity to the overlying permafrost. The simulation results indicate that vertical ells operating at a constant bottomhole pressure would produce at very low rates for a very long period. Horizontal wells increase gas production by almost two orders of magnitude, but production remains low. Sensitivity analysis indicates that the initial deposit temperature is y the far the most important factor determining production performance (and the most effective criterion for target selection) because it controls the sensible heat available to fuel dissociation.

  2. Offshore oil: Correctness of perspective

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    Burns, R.F.

    1993-05-01

    Except for the Gulf of Mexico, the offshore oil industry has been virtually banned from the US Exclusive Economic Zone for ten years. The oil potential in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is also off limits. The Gulf of Mexico is the only place with prospects for future success and a number of companies both large and small are determined to move forward. The depressed price of oil does not encourage development but recently gas prices in the US have increased, making offshore gas development more feasible. Perhaps most significant is development and application of new technology and more intense management to make sure it works. The offshore oil companies and support industries have made significant technological advances, expending over and above the dollars paid in taxes, lease fees, and royalties. The ocean industries harbor a great reservoir of high technology knowledge. They have demonstrated the ability to successfully meet a vast array of challenges in exploring for, drilling, and producing oil and gas in extreme conditions. These facts beg the question as to the rational basis of each and every regulation and the ban on drilling.

  3. The proceedings of the special offshore symposium China

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    Li, Y.C.; Chung, J.S.

    1993-12-31

    This conference proceedings deals with the development and reservoir engineering aspects of China`s offshore oil and gas deposits. It contains papers which discuss platform design and safety engineering; platform and pipeline construction materials and testing methods; wave forces and fluid-structure interactions; computer programs for simulation and modeling of water waves resulting from both typhoons and tsunamis; and drilling equipment and techniques. This conference contains approximately 68 papers which have been individually indexed and abstracted into the electronic data base.

  4. Stratigraphic relations and hydrologic properties of the Paintbrush Tuff (PTn) hydrologic unit, Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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    Moyer, T.C.; Geslin, J.K.; Flint, L.E.

    1996-08-01

    Yucca Mountain is being investigated as a potential site for a high- level nuclear waste repository. The intent of this study was to clarify stratigraphic relations within the Paintbrush Tuff (PTn) unit at Yucca Mountain in order to better understand vertical and lateral variations in hydrologic properties as they relate to the lithologic character of these rocks. This report defines informal stratigraphic units within the PTn interval, demonstrates their lateral continuity in the Yucca Mountain region, describes later and vertical variations within them, and characterizes their hydrologic properties and importance to numerical flow and transport models. We present tables summarizing the depth to stratigraphic contacts in cored borehole studies, and unit descriptions and correlations in 10 measured sections.

  5. Hydrodynamic trapping in the Cretaceous Nahr Umr lower sand of the North Area, Offshore Qatar

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    Wells, P.R.A.

    1988-03-01

    A hydrodynamic model is described to account for oil and gas occurrences in the Cretaceous of offshore Qatar, in the Arabian Gulf. Variable and inconsistent fluid levels and variable formation water potentials and salinities cannot be explained by combinations of stratigraphic and structural trapping. Indeed, there is no structural closure to the southwest of the oil and gas accumulations. The water-potential and salinity data and oil distribution are consistent with this model and indicate that a vigorous hydrodynamic system pervades the Cretaceous of the Arabian Gulf region. Extensive upward cross-formational discharge is taking place in the North Area. This cross-formation water flow could be partly responsible for localized leaching and reservoir enhancement in the chalky limestones.

  6. Numerical Model Simulation of Offshore Flow during the Winter Season.

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Piccolo, Maria Cintia

    Because of the step function variability of heat and moisture flux in coastal zones, adequate descriptive models of mesoscale coastal circulation and weather patterns demand high spatial resolution in the analysis of wind, temperature and moisture patterns. To obtain realistic concepts of offshore flow the sparse offshore data networks need to be supplemented by mesoscale numerical models. The problems associated with the modeling of offshore flow across the east coast of the United States during the winter season have been investigated with a simple two dimensional numerical model of the planetary boundary layer. The model has two predictive equations for the potential temperature and humidity fields. A diagnostic equation based upon observed data is used to determine wind velocities. At each horizontal step the wind was integrated with height, and the equations for the temperature and humidity were solved for each level. A second order model using the Dufort-Frankel finite difference scheme with two vertical grid spacing and eddy coefficient formulations was applied to actual cases of offshore winter flow. The results of the model were compared with measurements at anemometer level at offshore stations. Different flux formulations were tested. Key problems related to the use of the Dufort-Frankel scheme were indicated. Problems associated with the use of a K-theory profile for the turbulent fluxes in the marine planetary boundary layer were isolated. The initial air-sea temperature difference and the K-theory formulations were crucial to the computational stability of the model as well as the resolution of the model, even after the stability problems were solved. A bulk aerodynamic formulation produced better results in the marine surface layer, however when merged with K-theory for the rest of the planetary boundary layer disastrous results can occur. A first order model with a similar resolution was applied to the same situation and showed superior results.

  7. 75 FR 65025 - National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee

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  8. 75 FR 12772 - National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee; Meeting

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  9. 46 CFR 111.105-33 - Mobile offshore drilling units.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ...2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Mobile offshore drilling units. 111.105-33 ...Locations § 111.105-33 Mobile offshore drilling units. (a) Applicability. This section applies to each mobile offshore drilling unit. (b)...

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  11. 47 CFR 22.1007 - Channels for offshore radiotelephone systems.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ...2011-10-01 false Channels for offshore radiotelephone systems. 22.1007...CARRIER SERVICES PUBLIC MOBILE SERVICES Offshore Radiotelephone Service § 22.1007 Channels for offshore radiotelephone systems. The...

  12. 78 FR 18618 - National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee; Vacancies

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  14. 46 CFR 131.320 - Safety orientation for offshore workers.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ...2011-10-01 false Safety orientation for offshore workers. 131.320 Section 131...DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (CONTINUED) OFFSHORE SUPPLY VESSELS OPERATIONS Preparations... § 131.320 Safety orientation for offshore workers. (a) Before a...

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  16. 46 CFR 131.320 - Safety orientation for offshore workers.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ...2010-10-01 false Safety orientation for offshore workers. 131.320 Section 131...DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (CONTINUED) OFFSHORE SUPPLY VESSELS OPERATIONS Preparations... § 131.320 Safety orientation for offshore workers. (a) Before a...

  17. 46 CFR 15.520 - Mobile offshore drilling units.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... 2011-10-01 false Mobile offshore drilling units. 15.520 Section...Inspected Vessels § 15.520 Mobile offshore drilling units. (a) The requirements in this section for mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs)...

  18. 47 CFR 22.1007 - Channels for offshore radiotelephone systems.

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    2010-10-01

    ...2010-10-01 false Channels for offshore radiotelephone systems. 22.1007...CARRIER SERVICES PUBLIC MOBILE SERVICES Offshore Radiotelephone Service § 22.1007 Channels for offshore radiotelephone systems. The...

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  1. 76 FR 3919 - National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee

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  4. 46 CFR 111.105-33 - Mobile offshore drilling units.

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    2011-10-01

    ...2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Mobile offshore drilling units. 111.105-33 ...Locations § 111.105-33 Mobile offshore drilling units. (a) Applicability. This section applies to each mobile offshore drilling unit. (b)...

  5. 46 CFR 15.520 - Mobile offshore drilling units.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 2010-10-01 false Mobile offshore drilling units. 15.520 Section...Inspected Vessels § 15.520 Mobile offshore drilling units. (a) The requirements in this section for mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs)...

  6. The Implications of Stratigraphic Compatibility for Character Integration among Fossil Taxa.

    PubMed

    Wagner, Peter J; Estabrook, George F

    2015-09-01

    Two characters are stratigraphically compatible if some phylogenies indicate that their combinations (state-pairs) evolved without homoplasy and in an order consistent with the fossil record. Simulations assuming independent character change indicate that we expect approximately 95% of compatible character pairs to also be stratigraphically compatible over a wide range of sampling regimes and general evolutionary models. However, two general models of rate heterogeneity elevate expected stratigraphic incompatibility: "early burst" models, where rates of change are higher among early members of a clade than among later members of that clade, and "integration" models, where the evolution of characters is correlated in some manner. Both models have important theoretical and methodological implications. Therefore, we examine 259 metazoan clades for deviations from expected stratigraphic compatibility. We do so first assuming independent change with equal rates of character change through time. We then repeat the analysis assuming independent change with separate "early" and "late" rates (with "early" = the first third of taxa in a clade), with the early and late rates chosen to maximize the probability of the observed compatibility among the early taxa and then the whole clade. We single out Cambrian trilobites as a possible "control" group because morphometric studies suggest that integration patterns are not conserved among closely related species. Even allowing for early bursts, we see excess stratigraphic incompatibility (i.e., negative deviations) in significantly more clades than expected at 0.50, 0.25, and 0.05 [Formula: see text] values. This pattern is particularly strong in chordates, echinoderms, and arthropods. However, stratigraphic compatibility among Cambrian trilobites matches the expectations of integration studies, as they (unlike post-Cambrian trilobites) do not deviate from the expectations of independent change with no early bursts. Thus, these results suggest that processes such as integration strongly affect the data that paleontologists use to study phylogeny, disparity, and rates. PMID:26140932

  7. 1991 worldwide offshore contractors and equipment directory

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    Not Available

    1991-01-01

    This book is the information source-book for the international offshore oil industry. Within this single convenient reference you'll find addresses, phone numbers, telex, fax and cable listings for more than 3,500 companies and their key personnel in the drilling, workover, construction, service/supply/manufacturers, geophysical, diving and transportation segments of the offshore industry. Along with this vital contact information, the authors include such pertinent data as rig specifications, ownership, an equipment index, a company index and a current survey of offshore production systems from Offshore Incorporating the Oilman.

  8. A simple high-precision Jacob's staff design for the high-resolution stratigrapher

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    Elder, W.P.

    1989-01-01

    The new generation of high-resolution stratigraphic research depends upon detailed bed-by-bed analysis to enhance regional correlation potential. The standard Jacob's staff is not an efficient and precise tool for measuring thin-bedded strata. The high-precision Jacob's staff design presented and illustrated in this paper meets the qualifications required of such an instrument. The prototype of this simple design consists of a sliding bracket that holds a Brunton-type compass at right angles to a ruled-off staff. This instrument provides rapid and accurate measurement of both thick- or thin-bedded sequences, thus decreasing field time and increasing stratigraphic precision. -Author

  9. CABFAC/USGS, a FORTRAN program for Q-mode factor analysis of stratigraphically ordered samples

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    Adams, David P.

    1976-01-01

    This program is a revision of the CABFAC program of Kovan and Imbrie (1971) which incorporates the following improvements: each factor is plotted against depth on the printer; samples are ordered stratigraphically by the program, so that input data need not be ordered stratigraphically; an option has been added to transform all variables to zero means before calculating the cosine-theta matrix; and all subroutines are variable-dimensioned, so that the size of .the program may be changed by simply altering the main program.

  10. Stratigraphic Profiles for Selected Hanford Site Seismometer Stations and Other Locations

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    Last, George V.

    2014-02-01

    Stratigraphic profiles were constructed for eight selected Hanford Site seismometer stations, five Hanford Site facility reference locations, and seven regional three-component broadband seismometer stations. These profiles provide interpretations of the subsurface layers to support estimation of ground motions from past earthquakes, and the prediction of ground motions from future earthquakes. In most cases these profiles terminated at the top of the Wanapum Basalt, but at selected sites profiles were extended down to the top of the crystalline basement. The composite one-dimensional stratigraphic profiles were based primarily on previous interpretations from nearby boreholes, and in many cases the nearest deep borehole is located kilometers away.

  11. 17 CFR 230.135e - Offshore press conferences, meetings with issuer representatives conducted offshore, and press...

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    2011-04-01

    ...Exchanges 2 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Offshore press conferences, meetings with issuer representatives conducted offshore, and press-related materials released offshore. 230.135e Section 230.135e Commodity and...

  12. 17 CFR 230.135e - Offshore press conferences, meetings with issuer representatives conducted offshore, and press...

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    2010-04-01

    ...Exchanges 2 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Offshore press conferences, meetings with issuer representatives conducted offshore, and press-related materials released offshore. 230.135e Section 230.135e Commodity and...

  13. On the stratigraphic integrity of leaf-wax biomarkers in loess paleosols

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    Häggi, C.; Zech, R.; McIntyre, C.; Zech, M.; Eglinton, T. I.

    2014-05-01

    Paleoenvironmental and paleoclimate reconstructions based on molecular proxies, such as those derived from leaf-wax biomarkers, in loess-paleosol sequences represent a promising line of investigation in Quaternary research. The main premise of such reconstructions is the synsedimentary deposition of biomarkers and dust, which has become a debated subject in recent years. This study uses two independent approaches to test the stratigraphic integrity of leaf-wax biomarkers: (i) long-chain n-alkanes and fatty acids are quantified in two sediment-depth profiles in glacial till on the Swiss Plateau, consisting of a Holocene topsoil and the underlying B and C horizons. Since glacial sediments are initially very poor in organic matter, significant amounts of leaf-wax biomarkers in the B and C horizons of those profiles would reflect postsedimentary root-derived or microbial contributions. (ii) Compound-specific radiocarbon measurements are conducted on n-alkanes and n-alkanoic (fatty) acids from several depth intervals in the loess section "Crvenka", Serbia, and the results are compared to independent estimates of sediment age. We find extremely low concentrations of plant-wax n-alkanes and fatty acids in the B and C horizons below the topsoils in the sediment profiles. Moreover, compound-specific radiocarbon analysis yields plant-wax 14C ages that agree well with published luminescence ages and stratigraphy of the Serbian loess deposit. Both approaches confirm that postsedimentary, root-derived or microbial contributions are negligible in the two investigated systems. The good agreement between the ages of odd and even homologues also indicates that reworking and incorporation of fossil leaf waxes is not particularly relevant either.

  14. On the stratigraphic integrity of leaf-wax biomarkers in loess-paleosols

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    Häggi, C.; Zech, R.; McIntyre, C.; Eglinton, T.

    2013-10-01

    Paleoenvironmental and paleoclimate reconstructions based on molecular proxies, such as those derived from leaf wax biomarkers, in loess-paleosols sequences represent a promising line of investigation in Quaternary research. The main premise of such reconstructions is the synsedimentary deposition of biomarkers and dust, which has become a debated subject in recent years. This study uses two independent approaches to test the stratigraphic integrity of leaf-wax biomarkers: (i) Long-chain n-alkanes and fatty acids are quantified in two soil profiles in till on the Swiss Plateau. Since glacial sediments are extremely poor in organic matter, significant amounts of leaf-wax biomarkers in the lower part of those profiles would reflect post-sedimentary root-derived or microbial contributions. (ii) Compound-specific radiocarbon measurements are conducted on n-alkanes and fatty acids from several depth intervals in the loess section "Crvenka", Serbia, and the results are compared to independent estimates of sediment age. We find extremely low concentrations of plant wax n-alkanes and fatty acids below the topsoils in the soil profiles. Moreover, compound-specific radiocarbon analysis yields plant wax 14C ages that agree well with published luminescence ages and stratigraphy of the Serbian loess deposit. Both approaches confirm that post-sedimentary, root-derived or microbial contributions are negligible in the two systems investigated. The good agreement between n-alkane and fatty acid ages, as well as between odd and even homologues, further indicates that reworking and incorporation of fossil leaf-waxes is not particularly relevant either.

  15. The Marlin and Albacora giant fields, Campos Basin, offshore Brazil

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    De Souza, J.M.; Scarton, J.C.; Candido, A.; Cora, C.A.G. )

    1990-09-01

    The Albacore and Marlim giant fields are located in the province of Campos basin, about 110 km (68 mi) offshore Cape Sao Tome, in water depths ranging from 200 m (656 ft) to 2,000 m (6562 ft). The Albacora field was discovered in September 1984 by the wildcat 1-RJS-297, drilled in 293 m (961 ft) of water. Subsequently, the wildcats 1-RJS-305 and 1-RJS-342 extended the field limits to deeper waters. The Albacora field is approximately 235 km{sup 2} (90 mi{sup 2}) in area, with an estimated volume of 4.5 billion bbl of oil in place. The Marlim field was discovered in February 1985 by the wildcat 1-RJS-219A, in a water depth of 853 m (2,800 ft). The Marlim field area is about 152 km{sup 2} (58 mi{sup 2}), and the latest estimate of oil in place is about 8.2 billion bbl. The Marlim complex encompasses Marlim field itself and the surrounding proved and potential areas known as East-of-, West-of-, and South-of-Marlim, respectively. The current estimated volume of oil in place in the Marlim complex is close to 13.9 billion bbl, with a total surface of about 350 km{sup 2} (135 mi{sup 2}). Oil production in the Albacora field comes from Lower Cretaceous (Albian) and Tertiary (Eocene, Oligocene, and Miocene) turbidite reservoirs. Oligocene turbidite sandstones are the potential reservoirs in the Marlim field. These deposits are genetically associated with sea level variations and are mainly composed of massive sandstones and, subordinately, of contourites. Both fields are structurally and stratigraphically controlled accumulations. Hydrocarbons are trapped in anticlines and/or faulted blocks associated with salt tectonics. Stratigraphic contributions result from sandstone bodies pinching out against shales and marls. The development of these fields has been supported by three-dimensional seismic data. The Albacora field is being gradually put on stream from shallower to deeper waters.

  16. Offshore multiphase meter nears acceptable accuracy level

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    Gaisford, S. ); Amdal, J. ); Berentsen, H. )

    1993-05-17

    Companies worldwide are looking for new production methods for offshore oil fields. In many areas, undeveloped smaller fields cannot bear the cost of dedicated production facilities. Multiphase transportation to existing production facilities can extend the distance over which unseparated oil, water, and gas streams can be transported, from a limit of several kilometers today to perhaps 200 km in the future. An encouraging multiphase meter test was sponsored by Saga Petroleum AS and carried out by Den norske stats oljeselskap AS (Statoil) on the Gullfaks B platform, Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The complete multiphase meter has two separate meters. One is the composition meter for measuring the instantaneous volume or mass fractions of oil, water, and gas in the sensor. The other is a velocity meter for determining the speed of the mixture through the sensor. An instantaneous volume or mass production rate for each component is calculated by combining the outputs from the two meters. The paper describes the multiphase meter; measurements; limitations; the test setup; calibration; test results for the composition meter, velocity meter, and production rates; and future plans.

  17. Flexibility monitoring of offshore jacket platforms

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    Rubin, S.; Coppolino, R.N.

    1983-05-01

    The new concept of Flexibility Monitoring, emphasizing the detection of fundamental vibration mode shapes, is an outgrowth of a general study of vibration monitoring for offshore oil and gas platforms. Its theoretical promise has been borne out in practice over the past several years in laboratory and field tests. The method is useful for underwater damage detection and, more generally, for identification of flexibility parameters of the structural dynamic mathematical model. Blind failure conditions involving removal of a K-brace section and foundation stiffness change were correctly identified in a government run laboratory test program. The brace removal was located in the correct bay and face of the model platform. Follow-on special testing of the model further demonstrated the theoretical expectation that diagonal severance is clearly distinguishable from both foundation flexibility and deck mass changes. It was shown that a very simple mathematical model provides similar sensitivity trends to those observed experimentally. Field experiments on the Shell Cognac and Chevron Garden Banks platforms have indicated that the necessary high quality data can be obtained from ambient acceleration measurements at underwater corner positions of a working platform. Continued development is warranted. Directions for future work are outlined.

  18. U.S. Offshore Wind Port Readiness

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    C. Elkinton, A. Blatiak, H. Ameen

    2013-10-13

    This study will aid decision-makers in making informed decisions regarding the choice of ports for specific offshore projects, and the types of investments that would be required to make individual port facilities suitable to serve offshore wind manufacturing, installation and/or operations.

  19. Domestic Options to Offshore Oil and Gas.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Kash, Don E.

    1983-01-01

    The continuing controversey over offshore oil/gas has given impetus to searching for domestic energy alternatives. The need for and types of several alternative sources are discussed. Indicates that the United States needs to pursue both offshore and other domestic liquid-fuel sources if it is to avoid becoming increasingly dependent on imports.…

  20. Chert horizons as time-stratigraphic markers in Ordovician and Silurian of eastern Great Basin

    SciTech Connect

    Cameron, G.J.

    1986-08-01

    Data from numerous measured sections show that distinct chert horizons occur at or near the same stratigraphic intervals in a number of Ordovician and Silurian dolomite sequences in the eastern Great basin of Nevada and Utah. In many cases a shallow-water origin for the chert is inferred because of silicified shelfal fauna and lack of deeper water indicators. The cherty intervals appear to transgress across environmentally controlled lithologic boundaries. This fact, coupled with the regional extent of the chert, suggests that these intervals can be used as time-stratigraphic marker horizons. This concept is useful in assessing the degree of stratigraphic thinning of Upper Silurian strata along a regional unconformity. Although chert is almost ubiquitously present in certain stratigraphic intervals, the abundance of chert-bearing horizons within an individual section varies. By contouring the abundance of chert-bearing intervals within the Silurian system, a well-defined pattern is documented that increases in abundance to the northeast toward the northwestern corner of Utah. The ratio of chert to dolomite within the intervals increases correspondingly. It is suggested that the chert is the result of silica supersaturation from the settling of wind-blow volcanic ash on the Silurian epicontinental sea. The distribution of the chert was largely a function of paleowind currents from an easterly or northerly active volcanic source area.

  1. OCEANOGRAPHY Stratigraphic Distribution of Amino Acids in Peats from Cedar Creek

    E-print Network

    Thomas, David D.

    LIMNOLOGY AND OCEANOGRAPHY April 1959 VOLUME IV NUMBER 2 Stratigraphic Distribution of Amino Acids. MILLERS University of Minnesota, Minneapolis ABSTRACT The concentration of several alpha-amino acids obtained by acid hydrolysis at various levels in Cedar Creek Bog and Dismal Swamp has been determined

  2. Integration of the stratigraphic aspects of very large sea-floor databases using information processing

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    Jenkins, Clinton N.; Flocks, J.; Kulp, M.

    2006-01-01

    Information-processing methods are described that integrate the stratigraphic aspects of large and diverse collections of sea-floor sample data. They efficiently convert common types of sea-floor data into database and GIS (geographical information system) tables, visual core logs, stratigraphic fence diagrams and sophisticated stratigraphic statistics. The input data are held in structured documents, essentially written core logs that are particularly efficient to create from raw input datasets. Techniques are described that permit efficient construction of regional databases consisting of hundreds of cores. The sedimentological observations in each core are located by their downhole depths (metres below sea floor - mbsf) and also by a verbal term that describes the sample 'situation' - a special fraction of the sediment or position in the core. The main processing creates a separate output event for each instance of top, bottom and situation, assigning top-base mbsf values from numeric or, where possible, from word-based relative locational information such as 'core catcher' in reference to sampler device, and recovery or penetration length. The processing outputs represent the sub-bottom as a sparse matrix of over 20 sediment properties of interest, such as grain size, porosity and colour. They can be plotted in a range of core-log programs including an in-built facility that better suits the requirements of sea-floor data. Finally, a suite of stratigraphic statistics are computed, including volumetric grades, overburdens, thicknesses and degrees of layering. ?? The Geological Society of London 2006.

  3. GEOLOGY, March 2011 259 The stratigraphic distribution of fossils reflects a combina-

    E-print Network

    Heim, Noel A.

    physical versus biological fac- tors control the stratigraphic distribution of fossils is important because and biological factors. In the marine realm, physical control is related primarily to transgressive., 1998). Biological controls on the distribution of fossils include real evolutionary and ecological

  4. Stratigraphy of small shield volcanoes on Venus: Criteria for determining stratigraphic relationships and assessment of relative

    E-print Network

    Head III, James William

    Stratigraphy of small shield volcanoes on Venus: Criteria for determining stratigraphic than about 20 km, are common and sometimes very abundant features on the plains of Venus. Typically plains of Venus. Did the eruption style of small shields occur repeatedly throughout the visible part

  5. Annual Logging Symposium, June 21-24, 2009 COMMON STRATIGRAPHIC FRAMEWORK TO SIMULATE

    E-print Network

    Torres-Verdín, Carlos

    -base and water-base mud-filtrate invasion, thence validate dynamic petrophysical properties (e.g. permeability Torres-Verdín, Ankur Gandhi, Gbenga Alabi, and Malek Lemkecher, The University of Texas at Austin in The Woodlands, Texas, United States, June 21-24, 2009. ABSTRACT We introduce the concept of common stratigraphic

  6. Tectonics, global changes in sea level and their relationship to stratigraphical

    E-print Network

    Watts, A. B. "Tony"

    Tectonics, global changes in sea level and their relationship to stratigraphical sequences are vertical movements of the lithosphere and global changes in sea level. The relative height of the sea, and sedimentary loading. Factors such as compaction, palaeobathymetry, erosion and global sea level changes also

  7. Stratigraphy of Aeolis Dorsa, Mars: Stratigraphic context of the great river deposits

    E-print Network

    erosion has exhumed a stratigraphic section of sedimentary rocks consisting of at least four unconformity of sedimentary rock. The river deposits are eroding out of at least two distinguishable units. There is evidence and alluvial-fan deposits in the Aeolis Dorsa sedimentary basin, 10°E of Gale crater. At Aeolis Dorsa, wind

  8. Neoproterozoic variations in the C-isotopic composition of seawater: stratigraphic and biogeochemical implications

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    Kaufman, A. J.; Knoll, A. H.

    1995-01-01

    The recent proliferation of stratigraphic studies of delta 13C variation in carbonates and organic C in later Neoproterozoic and basal Cambrian successions (approximately 850-530 Ma) indicates a strong oscillating trend in the C-isotopic composition of surface seawater. Alone, this trend does not adequately characterize discrete intervals in Neoproterozoic time. However, integrated with the vectorial signals provided by fossils and Sr-isotopic variations, C isotope chemostratigraphy facilitates the interbasinal correlation of later Neoproterozoic successions. Results of these studies are evaluated in terms of four stratigraphic intervals: (1) the Precambrian/Cambrian boundary, (2) the post-Varanger terminal Proterozoic, (3) the late Cryogenian, and (4) the early Cryogenian. Where biostratigraphic or radiometric data constrain the age of Neoproterozoic sedimentary sequences, secular variations in C and Sr isotopes can provide a level of stratigraphic resolution exceeding that provided by fossils alone. Isotopic data place strong constraints on the chemical evolution of seawater, linking it to major tectonic and paleoclimatic events. They also provide a biogeochemical framework for the understanding of the initial radiation of macroscopic metazoans, which is associated stratigraphically, and perhaps causally, with a global increase in the burial of organic C and a concomitant rise of atmospheric O2.

  9. Sequence stratigraphic controls on synsedimentary cementation and preservation of dinosaur tracks: Example from the lower Cretaceous,

    E-print Network

    González, Luis A.

    Sequence stratigraphic controls on synsedimentary cementation and preservation of dinosaur tracks in the Upper Albian Dakota Formation of southeastern Nebraska contains the first dinosaur tracks meteoric calcite lines with 18 O values clustering around -9.42 and -8.21 VPDB from the track

  10. Structural and stratigraphic controls on cave development in the Oak Ridge area, Tennessee

    SciTech Connect

    Rubin, P A; Lemiszki, P J

    1992-01-01

    The Oak Ridge Reservation (ORR) is located in the northwestern part of the Valley and Ridge province in east Tennessee. The Valley and Ridge province is the topographic expression of the southern Appalachian foreland fold-thrust belt, which formed during the late Paleozoic Alleghanian orogeny. In the Oak Ridge area, three major northwest verging thrust faults (Kingston, Whiteoak Mountain, and Copper Creek) imbricate and juxtapose carbonate and clastic stratigraphic units that range in age from the lower Cambrian to the lower Mississippian. The carbonate stratigraphic units range in thickness from 1278 to 1748 m and include the Maynardville Limestone in the Conasauga Group (hereby included as part of the Knox Group), the Knox Group, and the Chickamauga Group. Stratigraphic relationships and repetition of units by thrust faulting has produced three northeast striking and southeast dipping carbonate bands bounded to the northwest and southeast by noncarbonate units. Preliminary results indicate that within two of these carbonate bands, formations composed of mudstone and argillaceous limestone appear to further subdivide groundwater basins. Our efforts have focused on relating the stratigraphic and structural characteristics of these rock units with cave development in the region.

  11. Spectral stratigraphy: multispectral remote sensing as a stratigraphic tool, Wind River/Big Horn basin, Wyoming

    SciTech Connect

    Lang, H.R.; Paylor, E.D.

    1987-05-01

    Stratigraphic and structural analyses of the Wind River and Big Horn basins areas of central Wyoming are in progress. One result has been the development of a new approach to stratigraphic and structural analysis that uses photogeologic and spectral interpretation of multispectral image data to remotely characterize the attitude, thickness, and lithology of strata. New multispectral systems that have only been available since 1982 are used with topographic data to map upper paleozoic and Mesozoic strata exposed on the southern margin of the Bighorn Mountains. Thematic Mapper (TM) satellite data together with topographic data are used to map lithologic contacts, measure dip and strike, and develop a stratigraphic column that is correlated with conventional surface and subsurface sections. Aircraft-acquired Airborne Imaging Spectrometer and Thermal Infrared Multispectral Scanner data add mineralogical information to the TM column, including the stratigraphic distribution of quartz, calcite, dolomite, montmorillonite, and gypsum. Results illustrate an approach that has general applicability in other geologic investigations that could benefit from remotely acquired information about areal variations in attitude, sequence, thickness, and lithology of strata exposed at the Earth's surface. Application of their methods elsewhere is limited primarily by availability of multispectral and topographic data and quality of bedrock exposures.

  12. Paleoclimate of Mars as captured by the stratigraphic record in Gale Crater

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    Grotzinger, John P.

    Click Here for Full Article Paleoclimate of Mars as captured by the stratigraphic record in Gale mineral formation to one more favorable to forming sulfates and other salts. Citation: Milliken, R. E., J. P. Grotzinger, and B. J. Thomson (2010), Paleoclimate of Mars as captured by the strati- graphic

  13. Inorganic geochemistry of Devonian shales in southern West Virginia: geographic and stratigraphic trends

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    Hohn, M.E.; Neal, D.W.; Renton, J.J.

    1980-04-01

    Samples of cuttings from twenty-one wells and a core from a single well in southern West Virginia were analyzed for major and minor elements: silicon, aluminum, iron, magnesium, calcium, sodium, titanium, phosphorus, manganese, sulfur, zinc, and strontium. Stratigraphic and geographic controls on elemental abundances were studied through canonical correlations, factor analyses, and trend surface analyses. The most abundant elements, silicon and aluminum, show gradual trends through the stratigraphic column of most wells, with silicon increasing and aluminum decreasing up-section. Other elements such as calcium, sulfur, and titanium change abruptly in abundance at certain stratigraphic boundaries. Important geographic trends run east-west: for instance, one can see an increase in sulfur and a decrease in titanium to the west; and a decrease in silicon from the east to the central part of the study area, then an increase further west. Although observed vertical trends in detrital minerals and geographic patterns in elemental abundances agree with the accepted view of a prograding delta complex during Late Devonian time, geographically-local, time restricted depositional processes influenced elemental percentages in subsets of the wells and the stratigraphic intervals studied. The black shales of lower Huron age do not represent simply a return of depositional conditions present in the earlier Rhinestreet time; nor do the gray shales of the Ohio Shale represent the same environmental conditions as the Big White Slate.

  14. Offshore drilling and production structure

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    Crockett, R.K.; Palmer, H.E.; Stenning, D.G.

    1982-02-09

    The invention relates to an off-shore marine structure that provides an elevated support for a drilling and/or production platform. A structure comprised of three interlocking components is provided, the first component being a large foundation base installed on the sea bed; the second being a conical shaped support component which is engagable with the foundation base and which, releasably carries the third platform supporting component. In the preferred form, the platform supporting component comprises a centrally-disposed vertical column, means being provided to facilitate engagement of the column with the platform and the second component and to subsequently elevate the platform to an operating height above sea level.

  15. SDAR 1.0 a New Quantitative Toolkit for Analyze Stratigraphic Data

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    Ortiz, John; Moreno, Carlos; Cardenas, Andres; Jaramillo, Carlos

    2015-04-01

    Since the foundation of stratigraphy geoscientists have recognized that data obtained from stratigraphic columns (SC), two dimensional schemes recording descriptions of both geological and paleontological features (e.g., thickness of rock packages, grain size, fossil and lithological components, and sedimentary structures), are key elements for establishing reliable hypotheses about the distribution in space and time of rock sequences, and ancient sedimentary environmental and paleobiological dynamics. Despite the tremendous advances on the way geoscientists store, plot, and quantitatively analyze sedimentological and paleontological data (e.g., Macrostrat [http://www.macrostrat.org/], Paleobiology Database [http://www.paleodb.org/], respectively), there is still a lack of computational methodologies designed to quantitatively examine data from a highly detailed SCs. Moreover, frequently the stratigraphic information is plotted "manually" using vector graphics editors (e.g., Corel Draw, Illustrator), however, this information although store on a digital format, cannot be used readily for any quantitative analysis. Therefore, any attempt to examine the stratigraphic data in an analytical fashion necessarily takes further steps. Given these issues, we have developed the sofware 'Stratigraphic Data Analysis in R' (SDAR), which stores in a database all sedimentological, stratigraphic, and paleontological information collected from a SC, allowing users to generate high-quality graphic plots (including one or multiple features stored in the database). SDAR also encompasses quantitative analyses helping users to quantify stratigraphic information (e.g. grain size, sorting and rounding, proportion of sand/shale). Finally, given that the SDAR analysis module, has been written in the open-source high-level computer language "R graphics/statistics language" [R Development Core Team, 2014], it is already loaded with many of the crucial features required to accomplish basic and complex tasks of statistical analysis (i.e., R language provide more than hundred spatial libraries that allow users to explore various Geostatistics and spatial analysis). Consequently, SDAR allows a deeper exploration of the stratigraphic data collected in the field, it will allow the geoscientific community in the near future to develop complex analyses related with the distribution in space and time of rock sequences, such as lithofacial correlations, by a multivariate comparison between empirical SCs with quantitative lithofacial models established from modern sedimentary environments.

  16. The Stratigraphic Expression of Submarine Channel-Lobe Transitions: An Outcrop Example from Southern Chile

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    Pemberton, Erin A. L.; Hubbard, Stephen M.; Fildani, Andrea; Romans, Brian; Kostic, Svetlana

    2015-04-01

    The stratigraphic expression of sediment-laden gravity flows transitioning from deep-sea submarine channel to less-confined fan lobe is poorly constrained, motivating investigation of outcropping channel-lobe transition zone and channel fills in the Magallanes Basin, southern Chile. We hypothesize that turbidity currents moving from a high-slope confined setting (channel) into a lower slope unconfined setting (lobe), expand laterally and, under the right conditions, undergo internal hydraulic jumps. The Cretaceous strata examined are characterized by a variety of architectural elements in close juxtaposition both laterally and stratigraphically, including: (a) low aspect ratio channelform bodies attributed to slope channel fill; (b) high aspect ratio channelform bodies interpreted as the deposits of weakly-confined turbidite channels; (c) lenticular sedimentary bodies considered to represent the infill of laterally amalgamated scours; (d) discontinuous channelform bodies representing isolated scour fills; and (e) cross-stratified positive relief sedimentary bodies, which record upslope migrating depositional barforms. The ephemeral nature of settings characterized by flow expansion (i.e., channel-lobe transition zone), as well as the propensity for scour and sediment bypass, yields extensive architectural variability in the stratigraphic record. Net-erosional and net-depositional cyclic steps play a fundamental role in the formation, filling, and maintenance phases of channel to lobe transition areas where high gradients support the development of densimetric Froude-supercritical turbidity currents; abrupt slope breaks can, under the right conditions, promote hydraulic jumps and possibly the spontaneous evolution of an erodible seabed into cyclic steps. Along these longitudinal profiles, both the formation of highly composite stratigraphic surfaces, as well as geomorphic surfaces, are passed into the rock record. This yields less repeated stratigraphic patterns than those reported from channel- or lobe- dominated units deposits up- or down- dip of expansion zones.

  17. Aalborg Universitet Optimal Control of Offshore Indoor Climate

    E-print Network

    Yang, Zhenyu

    Valente Abstract-- An optimal indoor climate control is very critical to manned offshore platforms climate control for an oil-and-gas offshore platform by employing some advanced control technique - Model-ground situations. Little work has been done for offshore platforms [2]. Even offshore HVAC standards are recent

  18. Structure, stratigraphy, and hydrocarbons offshore southern Kalimantan, Indonesia

    SciTech Connect

    Bishop, W.F.

    1980-01-01

    Offshore southern Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia, the Sunda Shelf is bounded on the south by the east-west-trending Java-Madura foreland basin and on the north by outcrops of the granitic core of Kalimantan. Major northeast-southwest-trending faults created a basin and ridge province which controlled sedimentation at least until early Miocene time. Just above the unconformity, the oldest pre-CD Limestone clastic strata are fluviatile and lacustrine, the remainder consisting largely of shallow-marine, calcareous shale with interbeds of fine-grained, quartzose sandstone. A flood of terrigenous detritus - Kudjung unit 3 - resulted from post-CD Limestone uplift, and is more widely distributed. Unit 3 consists largely of fluviatile sandstone interbedded with shale and mudstone, grading upward to marine clastics with a few thin limestones near the top. The resulting Kudjing unit 2 is largely a shallow-basinal deposit, comprising thin, micritic limestones interbedded with calcareous shale and mudstone. Infilling of the basins was nearly complete by the end of Kudjing unit 1 deposition. Eastern equivalents of Kudjing units 1 and 2 are known as the Berai limestone interval (comprising bank, reefal, basinal, and open-marine limestones, and marl). Of the three oil fields in the area, two are shut in, but one has produced nearly 100 million bbl. Gas shows were recorded in most wells of the area, but the maximum flow was 1.8 MMcf methane/day, although larger flows with high percentages of carbon dioxide and nitrogen were reported. Fine-grained clastic strata of unit 3 are continuous with those farther south, where geochemical data indicate good source and hydrocarbon-generating potential. Sandstones with reservoir capability are present in the clastic intervals, and several carbonate facies have sporadically developed porosity. A variety of structural and stratigraphic traps is present. 20 figures, 1 table.

  19. Neogene sequence stratigraphy, Nam Con Son Basin, offshore Vietnam

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    McMillen, K.J.; Do Van Luu; Lee, E.K.; Hong, S.S.

    1996-12-31

    An integrated well log, biostratigraphic, and seismic stratigraphic study of Miocene to Recent deltaic sediments deposited in the Nam Con Son Basin offshore from southern Vietnam shows the influence of eustacy and tectonics on sequence development. Sediments consist of Oligocene non-marine rift-basin fill (Cau Formation), early to middle Miocene tide-dominated delta plain to delta front sediments (TB 1.5 to TB 2.5, Due and Thong Formations), and late Miocene to Recent marine shelf sediments (TB. 2.6 to TB 3.1 0, Mang Cau, Nam Con Son, and Bien Dong Formations). Eustacy controlled the timing of key surfaces and sand distribution in the tectonically-quiet early Miocene. Tectonic effects on middle to late Miocene sequence development consist of thick transgressive systems tracts due to basin-wide subsidence and transgression, sand distribution in the basin center, and carbonate sedimentation on isolated fault blocks within the basin. Third-order sequence boundaries (SB) are identified by spore peaks, sand stacking patterns, and channel incision. In the basin center, widespread shale beds with coal occur above sequence boundaries followed by transgressive sandstone units. These TST sandstones merge toward the basin margin where they lie on older HST sandstones. Maximum flooding surfaces (MFS) have abundant marine microfossils and mangrove pollen, a change in sand stacking pattern, and often a strong seismic reflection with downlap. Fourth-order genetic-type sequences are also interpreted. The MFS is the easiest marker to identify and correlate on well logs. Fourth-order SB occur within these genetic units but are harder to identify and correlate.

  20. Neogene sequence stratigraphy, Nam Con Son Basin, offshore Vietnam

    SciTech Connect

    McMillen, K.J. ); Do Van Luu; Lee, E.K.; Hong, S.S. )

    1996-01-01

    An integrated well log, biostratigraphic, and seismic stratigraphic study of Miocene to Recent deltaic sediments deposited in the Nam Con Son Basin offshore from southern Vietnam shows the influence of eustacy and tectonics on sequence development. Sediments consist of Oligocene non-marine rift-basin fill (Cau Formation), early to middle Miocene tide-dominated delta plain to delta front sediments (TB 1.5 to TB 2.5, Due and Thong Formations), and late Miocene to Recent marine shelf sediments (TB. 2.6 to TB 3.1 0, Mang Cau, Nam Con Son, and Bien Dong Formations). Eustacy controlled the timing of key surfaces and sand distribution in the tectonically-quiet early Miocene. Tectonic effects on middle to late Miocene sequence development consist of thick transgressive systems tracts due to basin-wide subsidence and transgression, sand distribution in the basin center, and carbonate sedimentation on isolated fault blocks within the basin. Third-order sequence boundaries (SB) are identified by spore peaks, sand stacking patterns, and channel incision. In the basin center, widespread shale beds with coal occur above sequence boundaries followed by transgressive sandstone units. These TST sandstones merge toward the basin margin where they lie on older HST sandstones. Maximum flooding surfaces (MFS) have abundant marine microfossils and mangrove pollen, a change in sand stacking pattern, and often a strong seismic reflection with downlap. Fourth-order genetic-type sequences are also interpreted. The MFS is the easiest marker to identify and correlate on well logs. Fourth-order SB occur within these genetic units but are harder to identify and correlate.

  1. The effectiveness of 3-D marine systems as an exploration tool in the offshore Niger Delta

    SciTech Connect

    Idowu, A.O. )

    1993-09-01

    From inception in 1984, three-dimensional (3-D) marine surveys have been used widely for field development where commercial hydrocarbons were known to exist in Nigeria. The high-trace density and full 3-D migration provide a data set that allows detailed interpretation of complex geologic structures and, in many cases, provides good stratigraphic information as well. The result has been better placement of development wells, making field development more efficient and cost effective. Previous application of the 3-d method (i.e., reconaissance 3-D) as an exploration tool in 1987 has demonstrated its effectiveness for predrilling detailing of prospects in offshore Niger Delta in a situation where a large volume of seismic data were acquired at relatively reduced unit costs. The technique involves acquiring data along a line every 200 m spacing, while interpretation in 3-D data processing is applied for subsequent 3-D migration. Based on pattern recognition of events on the input traces, the links are established to allow traces to be formed between input locations by comparing several attributes of events on neighboring traces. A case history example from the offshore Niger delta shows that the collection costs for the reconnaissance 3-D method are comparable to two-dimensional detailing based on similar line kilometer and time duration for the survey. A trade-off between cost and technical specifications can be programmed by focusing on the geologic objective. The technique brings the advantage of 3-D methods, but not their costs, to the exploration phase of the search for petroleum, and it is highly recommended for exploration in frontier areas, particularly the deep offshore of the Niger Delta.

  2. Offshore and Arctic operations symposium - 1988

    SciTech Connect

    Ertas, A.; Baugh, B.; Konuk, I.

    1988-01-01

    This book contains papers presented at a symposium on offshore and arctic operations. Topics covered include the following: load transfer criteria for sand; modeling rate effects and cyclic loads with the pressure meter; analysis of a caisson retained island; a refined model for analysis of circular tank foundations; hydrogen uptake considerations in cathodically protected structures in seawater; offshore maintenance painting; new design for minimal offshore facilities; dynamic kick tolerance; Downhole safety; seismic response of buried submarine pipelines and a unique wireline re-entry system for seafloor wells at Kephing Field, Indonesia.

  3. Offshore drilling to increase in 1984

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1984-05-01

    A mid-year report presents a worldwide overview of offshore drilling operations. The Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea are posting substantial gains as companies rush to drill the millions of acres acquired in those sectors both last year and in previous offerings. The Middle East, Latin America and the Asia/Pacific offshore theaters will see only slight increases. The Mediterranean and African regions are expected to sustain declines. A region-by-region summary of the 1984 offshore forecast is presented showing exploration and appraisal activities, as well as development for all of these areas.

  4. Corrosion prevention for offshore platforms

    SciTech Connect

    Schremp, F.W.

    1984-04-01

    Offshore oil and gas platforms are subjected to hostile, corrosive, marine environments and require continuous preventive maintenance to ensure prolonged and safe operation. Corrosion is identified as it occurs: above water, in the splash zone, and subsea. Coating systems, surface preparation, application, and maintenance are discussed for abovewater corrosion prevention. The advantages and limitations of added metal for corrosion allowance, corrosion-resistant cladding, and coatings are discussed for splash-zone corrosion prevention. Major emphasis is on the use of cathodic protection (CP) to prevent subsea corrosion. Included in the discussion are the advantages and limitations of sacrificial-anode and impressed-current CP systems for use with steel and reinforced concrete structures. Subsea monitoring and the effects of platform CP on well casings are also discussed.

  5. Remote Stratigraphic Analysis: Combined TM and AIS Results in the Wind River/bighorn Basin Area, Wyoming

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Lang, H. R.; Paylor, E. D.; Adams, S.

    1985-01-01

    An in-progress study demonstrates the utility of airborne imaging spectrometer (AIS) data for unraveling the stratigraphic evolution of a North American, western interior foreland basin. AIS data are used to determine the stratigraphic distribution of mineralogical facies that are diagnostic of specific depositional environments. After wavelength and amplitude calibration using natural ground targets with known spectral characteristics, AIS data identify calcite, dolomite, gypsum and montmorillonite-bearing strata in the Permian-Cretaceous sequence. Combined AIS and TM results illustrate the feasibility of spectral stratigraphy, remote analysis of stratigraphic sequences.

  6. Shallow stratigraphic control on pockmark distribution in north temperate estuaries

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Brothers, Laura L.; Kelley, Joseph T.; Belknap, Daniel F.; Barnhardt, Walter A.; Andrews, Brian D.; Legere, Christine; Hughes-Clarke, John E.

    2012-01-01

    Pockmark fields occur throughout northern North American temperate estuaries despite the absence of extensive thermogenic hydrocarbon deposits typically associated with pockmarks. In such settings, the origins of the gas and triggering mechanism(s) responsible for pockmark formation are not obvious. Nor is it known why pockmarks proliferate in this region but do not occur south of the glacial terminus in eastern North America. This paper tests two hypotheses addressing these knowledge gaps: 1) the region's unique sea-level history provided a terrestrial deposit that sourced the gas responsible for pockmark formation; and 2) the region's physiography controls pockmarks distribution. This study integrates over 2500 km of high-resolution swath bathymetry, Chirp seismic reflection profiles and vibracore data acquired in three estuarine pockmark fields in the Gulf of Maine and Bay of Fundy. Vibracores sampled a hydric paleosol lacking the organic-rich upper horizons, indicating that an organic-rich terrestrial deposit was eroded prior to pockmark formation. This observation suggests that the gas, which is presumably responsible for the formation of the pockmarks, originated in Holocene estuarine sediments (loss on ignition 3.5–10%), not terrestrial deposits that were subsequently drowned and buried by mud. The 7470 pockmarks identified in this study are non-randomly clustered. Pockmark size and distribution relate to Holocene sediment thickness (r2 = 0.60), basin morphology and glacial deposits. The irregular underlying topography that dictates Holocene sediment thickness may ultimately play a more important role in temperate estuarine pockmark distribution than drowned terrestrial deposits. These results give insight into the conditions necessary for pockmark formation in nearshore coastal environments.

  7. 30 CFR 251.7 - Test drilling activities under a permit.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... relating to drilling operations in 30 CFR part 250. (7) Revising an approved drilling plan. Before you... stratigraphic tests in compliance with 30 CFR part 250. If the tract on which you conducted a deep stratigraphic... information on the area: (A) Geology; (B) Physical oceanography; (C) Other uses of the area; (D) Flora...

  8. 30 CFR 251.7 - Test drilling activities under a permit.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... relating to drilling operations in 30 CFR part 250. (7) Revising an approved drilling plan. Before you... stratigraphic tests in compliance with 30 CFR part 250. If the tract on which you conducted a deep stratigraphic... information on the area: (A) Geology; (B) Physical oceanography; (C) Other uses of the area; (D) Flora...

  9. Stratigraphic Subdivision of the Transvaal Dolomite from ERTS imagery. [South Africa

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Grootenboer, J.; Eriksson, K.; Truswell, J.

    1974-01-01

    ERTS imagery has revealed the presence of broad stratigraphic subdivisions in the previously undifferentiated Transvaal Dolomite of the western Tranvaal, Republic of South Africa. While detailed field mapping in areas of good outcrop, as well as borehole logging has recently led to the recognition of a stratigraphy in the Transvaal Dolomite of the central Transvaal, poor outcrop in the western Transvaal has to date prevented this. The ERTS-imagery, however, clearly reveals the presence of six, and in the far west seven, distinct stratigraphic zones extending along strike for a distance of at least 200 km. The investigation clearly demonstrates the potential applications of ERTS-imagery in geological studies, even in a country where the geology is supposedly well known.

  10. The tectono-stratigraphic evolution of basement highs in hyper extended deep-water rifted margins : the example of the Briançonnais domain in the Alps and comparisons with modern analogues

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Haupert, Isabelle; Manatschal, Gianreto; Unternehr, Patrick; Decarlis, Alessandro

    2013-04-01

    The discovery of hydrocarbon systems in hyper-extended deep-water rifted margins, in conjunction with technical developments, expanded the hydrocarbon exploration into domains that are yet little investigated. The increasing number of high-quality reflection and refraction seismic surveys and drill hole data show that deep-water rifted margins are very different from proximal rifted margins. The new data show evidence for a polyphase rift evolution resulting in complex rift architectures with variable amounts of magmatic addition and local mantle exhumation that cannot be predicted by classical rift models. Thus, understanding the thermal structure, subsidence history, depositional environment and sedimentary architecture is a prerequisite to apply the "play elements" in these yet little investigated domains, which is essential to evaluate the survivability of syn- to post-rift petroleum systems. Although a big progress was made in the understanding of deep water rifted margins in the last 5 years, there are still many fundamental questions that remain open and ask for further research on this topic. One open scientific question is related to the tectono-sedimentary evolution and subsidence history of basement highs in deep water rifted margins. Péron-Pinvidic and Manatschal (2010) showed that different types of basement highs can be distinguished in rifted margins. These highs include micro-continents, continental ribbons, H-blocks and extensional allochthons. Mapping these highs and properly define their stratigraphic and tectonic evolution provide important insights into the tectonic evolution of rifted margins. However, these blocks are often at deep-water and sealed by thick post-rift sediments. Therefore access to direct observations requires expensive drillings. An alternative way to study these blocks is to use field analogues. One of which is the Briançonnais domain in the Alps. To achieve our goal we propose to review the existing structural, stratigraphic and age data from the whole Briançonnais domain (from Liguria/Italy, across the French Alps to Grisons in Switzerland). We propose to construct key tectonic sections across the Briançonnais domain. These data will form the basis to discuss the rift-related tectono-stratigraphic and subsidence evolution and to constrain the along and across strike stratigraphic architecture of the Briançonnais. These observations will be compared with that of seismically imaged basement highs in deep-water rifted margins (e.g. outer high in Campos or Santos). In our presentation we will show results of our preliminary works on the Briançonnais domain in the French Alps and a comparisons with seismically imaged basement highs imaged offshore Newfoundland.

  11. Stratigraphic boundary problems: Permian and Triassic of West Pakistan. Edited by Bernhard Kummel and Curt Teichert

    E-print Network

    1970-01-01

    species from the Salt Range were de- scribed by de Verneuil (in Verchere, 1866). Another important paper of this period was one published by Theobald PERMIAN-TRIASSIC BOUNDARY BEDS (1854), who introduced the term "Pro- ductus limestone" and indicated... stratigraphic hiatus of considerable magnitude which was terminated by transgression of the sea in Scythian time. The Waagen-Noetling period of the Salt Range Permian-Triassic con- troversy was followed by a long period of inactivity in either new field obser...

  12. Detection and stratigraphic mapping of spectrally distinct hydrated layers in equatorial regions of Mars

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    Sefton-Nash, E.; Teanby, N. A.

    2011-10-01

    We demonstrate the use of spectral and topographic data to map spectrally distinct rock units spatially, in elevation and in stratigraphy. Using hyperspectral data from NASA's CRISM and stereo-derived topographic data from ESA's HRSC we present the first results of a project to map geologic units containing hydrated minerals in equatorial regions of Mars (e.g. Valles Marineris, Xanthe Terra and Margaritifer Terra) and to correlate their stratigraphic position with existing formation theories.

  13. Future characteristics of Offshore Support Vessels

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    Rose, Robin Sebastian Koske

    2011-01-01

    The objective of this thesis is to examine trends in Offshore Support Vessel (OSV) design and determine the future characteristics of OSVs based on industry insight and supply chain models. Specifically, this thesis focuses ...

  14. Outsourcing, offshoring and the US office market

    E-print Network

    Topolewski, Tanya M., 1969-

    2004-01-01

    There is intense debate among industry analysts and scholars over potential job losses caused by offshoring. The real estate industry has been grappling to understanding the implications of these numbers, as some have ...

  15. Offshore oil in the Alaskan Arctic

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    Weeks, W. F.; Weller, G.

    1984-01-01

    Oil and gas deposits in the Alaskan Arctic are estimated to contain up to 40 percent of the remaining undiscovered crude oil and oil-equivalent natural gas within U.S. jurisdiction. Most (65 to 70 percent) of these estimated reserves are believed to occuur offshore beneath the shallow, ice-covered seas of the Alaskan continental shelf. Offshore recovery operations for such areas are far from routine, with the primary problems associated with the presence of ice. Some problems that must be resolved if efficient, cost-effective, environmentally safe, year-round offshore production is to be achieved include the accurate estimation of ice forces on offshore structures, the proper placement of pipelines beneath ice-produced gouges in the sea floor, and the cleanup of oil spills in pack ice areas.

  16. Engineering Challenges for Floating Offshore Wind Turbines

    SciTech Connect

    Butterfield, S.; Musial, W.; Jonkman, J.; Sclavounos, P.

    2007-09-01

    The major objective of this paper is to survey the technical challenges that must be overcome to develop deepwater offshore wind energy technologies and to provide a framework from which the first-order economics can be assessed.

  17. Powering the World: Offshore Oil & Gas Production

    E-print Network

    Patzek, Tadeusz W.

    Powering the World: Offshore Oil & Gas Production Macondo post-blowout operations Tad Patzek of a banking account) is mistakenly equated with the speed of drawing it down (ATM withdrawals) Few understand

  18. Paraffin deposition in offshore oil production 

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    Elphingstone, Gerald Mason

    1995-01-01

    The extreme environmental conditions typically encountered in offshore oil operations lead to a number of problems. Cool deep sea temperatures promote particle formation and deposition of paraffinic compounds. These solids ...

  19. System architecture of offshore oil production systems

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    Keller, James (James Thomas)

    2008-01-01

    This thesis presents an approach to applying Systems Architecture methods to the development of large, complex, commercial systems, particularly offshore oil and gas productions systems. The aim of this research was to ...

  20. Visualization of vibration experienced in offshore platforms

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    Patrikalakis, Alexander Marinos Charles

    2010-01-01

    In this thesis, I design and evaluate methods to optimize the visualization of vortex-induced vibration (VIV) in marine risers. VIV is vibration experienced by marine risers in offshore drilling platforms due to ocean ...

  1. 31 CFR 586.407 - Offshore transactions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...Continued) OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF YUGOSLAVIA (SERBIA & MONTENEGRO) KOSOVO SANCTIONS REGULATIONS Interpretations § 586.407 Offshore transactions. (a) The prohibitions contained...

  2. 31 CFR 593.406 - Offshore transactions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...Money and Finance (Continued) OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY FORMER LIBERIAN REGIME OF CHARLES TAYLOR SANCTIONS REGULATIONS Interpretations § 593.406 Offshore transactions. The prohibitions in § 593.201...

  3. 31 CFR 593.406 - Offshore transactions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ...Money and Finance (Continued) OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY FORMER LIBERIAN REGIME OF CHARLES TAYLOR SANCTIONS REGULATIONS Interpretations § 593.406 Offshore transactions. The prohibitions in § 593.201...

  4. 31 CFR 593.406 - Offshore transactions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ...Money and Finance (Continued) OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY FORMER LIBERIAN REGIME OF CHARLES TAYLOR SANCTIONS REGULATIONS Interpretations § 593.406 Offshore transactions. The prohibitions in § 593.201...

  5. 31 CFR 593.406 - Offshore transactions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ...Money and Finance (Continued) OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY FORMER LIBERIAN REGIME OF CHARLES TAYLOR SANCTIONS REGULATIONS Interpretations § 593.406 Offshore transactions. The prohibitions in § 593.201...

  6. 31 CFR 593.406 - Offshore transactions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ...Money and Finance (Continued) OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY FORMER LIBERIAN REGIME OF CHARLES TAYLOR SANCTIONS REGULATIONS Interpretations § 593.406 Offshore transactions. The prohibitions in § 593.201...

  7. Vega is first offshore development for Montedison

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1985-10-01

    Montedison's Vega field, 15 miles off the southern tip of Sicily, has recoverable oil reserves of 400 million bbl. This is Montedison's first offshore development venture, although the operator has considerable onshore experience. It will be followed by a second field, the smaller Mila floating production system, also off Sicily. One platform will be placed on a template installed in 1983 with up to 18 pre-drilled wells in water depths of 480 ft. The field may hold up to 1 billion bbl of 16/sup 0/ crude, but geology is complex and heavily fractured. The template has 30 available drilling slots, and water injection is being considered. The Vega discovery well was drilled in 1980, with 5000 b/d tested from 1000-ft oil column in Strep-penosa shales. Subsequently five wells were drilled by the Glomar Biscay I semi. These wells were drilled to a depth of just over 8000 ft with a total deviation of 60/sup 0/. The template is the first in the Mediterranean.

  8. Stratigraphic Context of Old Crow Tephra, Holitna Lowland, Interior Southwest Alaska

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Waythomas, C.F.; Lea, P.D.; Walter, R.C.

    1993-01-01

    A thick deposit of Old Crow tephra was discovered in a bluff exposure along the middle Holitna River near the Kulukbuk Hills (61??20???N latitude, 157??10???W longitude) in interior southwest Alaska. This locality is the southwesternmost-known deposit of Old Crow tephra in Alaska. Thickness and grain-size data from this site support a source volcano in the eastern Aleutian arc. Pleistocene stratigraphic sequences in the lowland are dominated by upward-fining eolian sand-sheet deposits and loess separated by organic silt. These deposits record at least two episodes of regional glaciation and an intervening nonglacial period (marine oxygen isotope stage 3, stage 5, or both). Old Crow tephra crops out near the top of the lower upward-fining eolian unit, indicating that the ash erupted near the end of an interval of periglacial eolian sedimentation. The sequence of eolian deposits that contain Old Crow tephra probably accumulated during the latter part of marine oxygen isotope stage 6, whereas the overlying eolian sequence formed during the last glaciation (stage 2). This stratigraphic position is consistent with other stratigraphic contexts for the tephra and with fission-track and thermoluminescence ages of ca. 140,000 ?? 10,000 yr B.P.

  9. Spheroidal carbonaceous particles are a defining stratigraphic marker for the Anthropocene

    PubMed Central

    Swindles, Graeme T.; Watson, Elizabeth; Turner, T. Edward; Galloway, Jennifer M.; Hadlari, Thomas; Wheeler, Jane; Bacon, Karen L.

    2015-01-01

    There has been recent debate over stratigraphic markers used to demarcate the Anthropocene from the Holocene Epoch. However, many of the proposed markers are found only in limited areas of the world or do not reflect human impacts on the environment. Here we show that spheroidal carbonaceous particles (SCPs), a distinct form of black carbon produced from burning fossil fuels in energy production and heavy industry, provide unambiguous stratigraphic markers of the human activities that have rapidly changed planet Earth over the last century. SCPs are found in terrestrial and marine sediments or ice cores in every continent, including remote areas such as the high Arctic and Antarctica. The rapid increase in SCPs mostly occurs in the mid-twentieth century and is contemporaneous with the ‘Great Acceleration’. It therefore reflects the intensification of fossil fuel usage and can be traced across the globe. We integrate global records of SCPs and propose that the global rapid increase in SCPs in sedimentary records can be used to inform a Global Standard Stratigraphic Age for the Anthropocene. A high-resolution SCP sequence from a lake or peatland may provide the much-needed ‘Golden Spike’ (Global Boundary Stratotype Section and Point). PMID:26020614

  10. Architecture of delta plain deposits in a sequence stratigraphic framework: The upper carboniferous of eastern Kentucky

    SciTech Connect

    Buter, S.J. )

    1993-09-01

    Fluvio-deltaic sequences of the Upper Carboniferous Four Corners formation in the Appalachian basin of eastern Kentucky are reinterpreted using sequence stratigraphic techniques. A data set of correlated large-scale road-cut exposures and continuous coring records was processed and used in a three-dimensional (3-D) reservoir modeling program in order to obtain a detailed model of the 3-D architecture of the stratigraphic succession. The architecture of the sediment bodies is related to the position within the depositional system. The 140-m-thick Four Corners formation comprises three facies associations, which are cyclically organized. The boundaries between the cycles are formed by erosive surfaces, and are developed as lowstand incised valleys. A subsequent base-level rise resulted in the infilling of these valleys with amalgamated stacked channel deposits (early transgressive systems tract). Flood plain aggradation and extensive peat accumulation occurred during progressive rise (transgressive systems tracts). Marine flooding took place in the upper part of the sequence (late transgressive systems tract) and was followed by prograding mouthbar deposits during base-level stabilization (highstand). The sequence stratigraphic approach to these Upper Carboniferous cyclothems highlights the importance of relative sea level changes and may improve our understanding of sediment body geometries and architecture, resulting in more accurate predictive geological reservoir models of the subsurface.

  11. Modeling of stratigraphic columns using Markov Chains and Gibbs sampling algorithms, Campo Oritupano, Venezuela.

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Durán, E.

    2012-04-01

    The interbeded sandstones, siltstones and shale layers within the stratigraphic units of the Oficina Formation were stochastically characterized. The units within the Oritupano field are modeled using the information from 12 wells and a post-stack 3-D seismic cube. The Markov Chain algorithm was successful at maintaining the proportion of lithotypes of the columns in the study area. Different transition probability matrixes are evaluated by changing the length of the sequences represented in the transition matrix and how this choice of length affects ciclicity and the genetic relations between lithotypes. The Gibbs algorithm, using small sequences as building blocks for modeling, kept the main stratigraphic succession according to the geology. Although the modeled stratigraphy depends strongly on initial conditions, the use of longer sequences in the substitution helps not to overweight the transition counts from one lithotype to the same in the main diagonal of the probability matrix of the Markov Chain in the Gibbs algorithm. A methodology based on the phase spectrum of the seismic trace for tying the modeled sequences with the seismic data is evaluated and discussed. The results point to the phase spectrum as an alternate way to cross-correlate synthetic seismograms with the seismic trace in favor of the well known amplitude correlation. Finally, a map of net sand over the study area is generated from the modeled columns and compared with previous stratigraphic and facies analysis at the levels of interest.

  12. Spheroidal carbonaceous particles are a defining stratigraphic marker for the Anthropocene

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Swindles, Graeme T.; Watson, Elizabeth; Turner, T. Edward; Galloway, Jennifer M.; Hadlari, Thomas; Wheeler, Jane; Bacon, Karen L.

    2015-05-01

    There has been recent debate over stratigraphic markers used to demarcate the Anthropocene from the Holocene Epoch. However, many of the proposed markers are found only in limited areas of the world or do not reflect human impacts on the environment. Here we show that spheroidal carbonaceous particles (SCPs), a distinct form of black carbon produced from burning fossil fuels in energy production and heavy industry, provide unambiguous stratigraphic markers of the human activities that have rapidly changed planet Earth over the last century. SCPs are found in terrestrial and marine sediments or ice cores in every continent, including remote areas such as the high Arctic and Antarctica. The rapid increase in SCPs mostly occurs in the mid-twentieth century and is contemporaneous with the ‘Great Acceleration’. It therefore reflects the intensification of fossil fuel usage and can be traced across the globe. We integrate global records of SCPs and propose that the global rapid increase in SCPs in sedimentary records can be used to inform a Global Standard Stratigraphic Age for the Anthropocene. A high-resolution SCP sequence from a lake or peatland may provide the much-needed ‘Golden Spike’ (Global Boundary Stratotype Section and Point).

  13. Spheroidal carbonaceous particles are a defining stratigraphic marker for the Anthropocene.

    PubMed

    Swindles, Graeme T; Watson, Elizabeth; Turner, T Edward; Galloway, Jennifer M; Hadlari, Thomas; Wheeler, Jane; Bacon, Karen L

    2015-01-01

    There has been recent debate over stratigraphic markers used to demarcate the Anthropocene from the Holocene Epoch. However, many of the proposed markers are found only in limited areas of the world or do not reflect human impacts on the environment. Here we show that spheroidal carbonaceous particles (SCPs), a distinct form of black carbon produced from burning fossil fuels in energy production and heavy industry, provide unambiguous stratigraphic markers of the human activities that have rapidly changed planet Earth over the last century. SCPs are found in terrestrial and marine sediments or ice cores in every continent, including remote areas such as the high Arctic and Antarctica. The rapid increase in SCPs mostly occurs in the mid-twentieth century and is contemporaneous with the 'Great Acceleration'. It therefore reflects the intensification of fossil fuel usage and can be traced across the globe. We integrate global records of SCPs and propose that the global rapid increase in SCPs in sedimentary records can be used to inform a Global Standard Stratigraphic Age for the Anthropocene. A high-resolution SCP sequence from a lake or peatland may provide the much-needed 'Golden Spike' (Global Boundary Stratotype Section and Point). PMID:26020614

  14. New perspectives in offshore wind energy

    PubMed Central

    Failla, Giuseppe; Arena, Felice

    2015-01-01

    The design of offshore wind turbines is one of the most fascinating challenges in renewable energy. Meeting the objective of increasing power production with reduced installation and maintenance costs requires a multi-disciplinary approach, bringing together expertise in different fields of engineering. The purpose of this theme issue is to offer a broad perspective on some crucial aspects of offshore wind turbines design, discussing the state of the art and presenting recent theoretical and experimental studies. PMID:25583869

  15. 2014 Offshore Wind Market and Economic Analysis

    SciTech Connect

    Hamilton, Bruce

    2014-08-25

    The objective of this report is to provide a comprehensive annual assessment of the U.S. offshore wind market.This 3rd annual report focuses on new developments that have occurred in 2014. The report provides stakeholders with a reliable and consistent data source addressing entry barriers and U.S. competitiveness in the offshore wind market. Available for download are both the full report and the report's underlying data.

  16. New perspectives in offshore wind energy.

    PubMed

    Failla, Giuseppe; Arena, Felice

    2015-02-28

    The design of offshore wind turbines is one of the most fascinating challenges in renewable energy. Meeting the objective of increasing power production with reduced installation and maintenance costs requires a multi-disciplinary approach, bringing together expertise in different fields of engineering. The purpose of this theme issue is to offer a broad perspective on some crucial aspects of offshore wind turbines design, discussing the state of the art and presenting recent theoretical and experimental studies. PMID:25583869

  17. Sequence stratigraphic interpretation methods for low-accommodation, alluvial depositional sequences: applications to reservoir characterization of Cut Bank field, Montana 

    E-print Network

    Ramazanova, Rahila

    2009-05-15

    sequence stratigraphy and geostatistical analysis, I developed a geologic model that may improve the ultimate recovery of oil from this field. In this study, I assessed sequence stratigraphic concepts for continental settings and extended the techniques...

  18. The effects of second-order hydrodynamics on a semisubmersible floating offshore wind turbine

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bayati, I.; Jonkman, J.; Robertson, A.; Platt, A.

    2014-06-01

    The objective of this paper is to assess the second-order hydrodynamic effects on a semisubmersible floating offshore wind turbine. Second-order hydrodynamics induce loads and motions at the sum- and difference-frequencies of the incident waves. These effects have often been ignored in offshore wind analysis, under the assumption that they are significantly smaller than first-order effects. The sum- and difference-frequency loads can, however, excite eigenfrequencies of a floating system, leading to large oscillations that strain the mooring system or vibrations that cause fatigue damage to the structure. Observations of supposed second-order responses in wave-tank tests performed by the DeepCwind consortium at the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) offshore basin suggest that these effects might be more important than originally expected. These observations inspired interest in investigating how second-order excitation affects floating offshore wind turbines and whether second-order hydrodynamics should be included in offshore wind simulation tools like FAST. In this work, the effects of second-order hydrodynamics on a floating semisubmersible offshore wind turbine are investigated. Because FAST is currently unable to account for second-order effects, a method to assess these effects was applied in which linearized properties of the floating wind system derived from FAST (including the 6x6 mass and stiffness matrices) are used by WAMIT to solve the first- and second-order hydrodynamics problems in the frequency domain. The method was applied to the Offshore Code Comparison Collaboration Continuation OC4-DeepCwind semisubmersible platform, supporting the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's 5-MW baseline wind turbine. In this paper, the loads and response of the system caused by the second-order hydrodynamics are analysed and compared to the first-order hydrodynamic loads and induced motions in the frequency domain. Further, the second-order loads and induced response data are compared to the loads and motions induced by aerodynamic loading as solved by FAST.

  19. On sediment accumulation rates and stratigraphic completeness: Lessons from Holocene ocean margins

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sommerfield, Christopher K.

    2006-11-01

    Stratigraphic completeness is a fundamental consideration when deciphering the mass accumulation history of sediments and the geologic record of earth and ocean processes. In this study, stratigraphic completeness was examined in the context of late Holocene sedimentary successions using published sediment accumulation rates for five ocean margin systems (Amazon shelf, Hudson estuary, northern California shelf, Mid-Atlantic slope, Santa Monica Bay). Plots of mass accumulation rate versus time span of averaging were used to determine how rates scale with measurement period, and to estimate levels of stratigraphic completeness for comparison within and among margin systems. Statistically significant inverse correlations between accumulation rate and time span of averaging are indicated for all but one of these systems—most of the sedimentary records examined are stratigraphically incomplete. At the 10 3-yr level of resolution, completeness is 20-48% for strongly tidal estuarine (Hudson estuary) and deltaic shelf (Amazon shelf) sites, 51-91% for accretionary shelves (northern California shelf) and slopes (Mid-Atlantic slope), and 85-100% for a sediment-starved slope (Santa Monica bay). Mass accumulation rates converge to a relatively narrow range (0.01-0.1 g cm -2 yr -1) at the 10 4-yr level of resolution, consistent with the notion that there are universal controls on sediment accumulation rate, i.e., rate of sea-level rise and sediment supply. Among sites on the Amazon and northern California shelves, within-system completeness varies by ˜10-20% on account of site-specific sedimentary processes that preferentially trap or disperse suspended sediment. Overall, stratigraphic completeness increases with water depth shelf-to-slope, yet depth is not a robust predictor of completeness in general owing to differences in strata-forming processes among shallow-marine environments. Significantly, completeness varies inversely with instantaneous deposition rate as the most sediment-rich systems tend to exhibit the most incomplete sedimentary records. The findings of this study emphasize the importance of considering time span and fidelity when interpreting the accumulation history of modern and Holocene sedimentary strata.

  20. Glaciotectonic deformation and reinterpretation of the Worth Point stratigraphic sequence: Banks Island, NT, Canada

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Vaughan, Jessica M.; England, John H.; Evans, David J. A.

    2014-05-01

    Hill-hole pairs, comprising an ice-pushed hill and associated source depression, cluster in a belt along the west coast of Banks Island, NT. Ongoing coastal erosion at Worth Point, southwest Banks Island, has exposed a section (6 km long and ˜30 m high) through an ice-pushed hill that was transported ˜ 2 km from a corresponding source depression to the southeast. The exposed stratigraphic sequence is polydeformed and comprises folded and faulted rafts of Early Cretaceous and Late Tertiary bedrock, a prominent organic raft, Quaternary glacial sediments, and buried glacial ice. Three distinct structural domains can be identified within the stratigraphic sequence that represent proximal to distal deformation in an ice-marginal setting. Complex thrust sequences, interfering fold-sets, brecciated bedrock and widespread shear structures superimposed on this ice-marginally deformed sequence record subsequent deformation in a subglacial shear zone. Analysis of cross-cutting relationships within the stratigraphic sequence combined with OSL dating indicate that the Worth Point hill-hole pair was deformed during two separate glaciotectonic events. Firstly, ice sheet advance constructed the hill-hole pair and glaciotectonized the strata ice-marginally, producing a proximal to distal deformation sequence. A glacioisostatically forced marine transgression resulted in extensive reworking of the strata and the deposition of a glaciomarine diamict. A readvance during this initial stage redeformed the strata in a subglacial shear zone, overprinting complex deformation structures and depositing a glaciotectonite ˜20 m thick. Outwash channels that incise the subglacially deformed strata record a deglacial marine regression, whereas aggradation of glaciofluvial sand and gravel infilling the channels record a subsequent marine transgression. Secondly, a later, largely non-erosive ice margin overrode Worth Point, deforming only the most surficial units in the section and depositing a capping till. The investigation of the Worth Point stratigraphic sequence provides the first detailed description of the internal architecture of a polydeformed hill-hole pair, and as such provides an insight into the formation and evolution of an enigmatic landform. Notably, the stratigraphic sequence documents ice-marginal and subglacial glaciotectonics in permafrost terrain, as well as regional glacial and relative sea level histories. The reinterpreted stratigraphy fundamentally rejects the long-established paleoenvironmental history of Worth Point that assumed a simple ‘layer-cake’ stratigraphy including the type-site for an organically rich, preglacial interval (Worth Point Fm).

  1. Preliminary stratigraphic and paleomagnetic results from Neogene basins across the Anatolian Plateau (Turkey).

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lucifora, Stella; Cifelli, Francesca; Mazzini, Ilaria; Cosentino, Domenico; Mattei, Massimo; Cipollari, Paola; Gliozzi, Elsa; Palolo Cavinato, Gian

    2010-05-01

    An integrated paleomagnetic and stratigraphic study on Neogene basins across the Anatolian Plateau was carried out. This study is developed within the VAMP (Vertical Anatolian Movement Project), an interdisciplinary project aimed to the recent tectonic evolution of the central Anatolian Plateau. The studied areas are located in southern Turkey (Adana, Mut and Ermenek basins) and in northern Turkey (Kazan, Çankiri, Kastamonu, Boyabat and Sinop basins). For paleomagnetic analyses we sampled 1062 standard cylindrical samples from 13 stratigraphic sections, and 746 samples for paleontological analysis were taken from the same sections. AMS (Anisotropy of Magnetic Susceptibility), magnetic mineralogy and paleomagnetic polarity data are presented together with the results of the integrated stratigraphic analyses. In the Southern Turkey basins preliminary results show the diffuse presence of authigenic iron sulphides, together with magnetite, as main magnetic carriers. In these sections the iron-sulphides Characteristic Natural Magnetization (ChRM) component is characterized by inconsistent polarity record, suggesting that iron-sulphides have a late diagenetic origin. Conversely, magnetite bearing sediments show more reliable results in term of magnetic polarity interpretations. Preliminary stratigraphic and paleomagnetic results from the southern margin of the plateau allow us both to refine the stratigraphy for the late Miocene of the Adana Basin and to better constrain the age of the youngest marine deposits of the Mut and Ermenek basins. In the late Miocene of the Adana Basin evidence of the Messinian salinity crisis led to a new stratigraphic framework specially for the Messinian-Pliocene interval. Thick fluvial conglomerates from the uppermost Messinian deposits of the Adana Basin, which could be linked to the activation of the southern margin of the plateau, allow us to constrain at about 5.4 Ma the uplift of the central Anatolian Plateau. On the other hand, the preliminary results of the micropaleontological analyses carried out on the higher marine deposits sampled in the northern part of the Ermenek Basin (Basyayla section, 1840 m a.s.l.) point to a post-Tortonian age for the plateau uplift. The age of the basins at the northern margin of the plateau are very poor constrained, except for that basins containing vertebrate-bearing continental deposits. However, from a palaeogeographic point of view, our preliminary data suggest a possible Tortonian connection between the Çankiri Basin and the Paratethyan realm. This presentation was supported by the EUROCORE programme TOPO-EUROPE of the European Science Foundation.

  2. Pieces to a Puzzle: A Lithic Refit Study Evaluating Stratigraphic and Lithic Components of the Owl Ridge Site, Central Alaska 

    E-print Network

    Melton, Judith

    2014-05-23

    : A LITHIC REFIT STUDY EVALUATING STRATIGRAPHIC AND LITHIC COMPONENTS OF THE OWL RIDGE SITE, CENTRAL ALASKA An Undergraduate Research Scholars Thesis by JUDITH ANNE COURTNEY MELTON Submitted to Honors and Undergraduate Research Texas A... ........................................................................................................................... 32 1 ABSTRACT Pieces to a Puzzle: A Lithic Refit Study Evaluating Stratigraphic and Lithic Components of the Owl Ridge Site, Central Alaska. (May 2015) Judith Anne Courtney Melton Department of Anthropology Department of International...

  3. Sanaga Sud field - Offshore Cameroon, west Africa

    SciTech Connect

    Pauken, R.J. )

    1990-09-01

    The Sanaga Sud field, offshore Cameroon, is located just northwest of the coastal town of Kribi in the northern part of the Douala basin. The discovery well, Sanaga Sud A-1, was drilled in 1979 to test an apparent horst block that contained a prominent horizontal seismic amplitude. The Douala basin is one of a series of passive margin basins located along the coastline of central and southern Africa, and formed during the rifting of Africa and South America during the Early Cretaceous. Drilling results showed that the amplitude was a gas/water contact. Two appraisal wells, SSA-2 and SSA-3, were drilled in 1981. All three wells tested gas and condensate. Total recoverable hydrocarbons for the field are estimated to be approximately 1 tcf of gas. The trap in this field is composed of tilted and rotated fault blocks composed of interbedded Aptian to Albian sandstones, siltstones, and shales. The fault blocks were truncated by erosion (breakup unconformity) and later buried by a considerable thickness of onlapping Upper Cretaceous and Tertiary shale. The late Albian erosional unconformity forms the top of the trap over most of the field. Geochemical studies indicate a Lower Cretaceous source for the hydrocarbons. The gross pay thickness averages 250 m with an average porosity of 23% and an average permeability of 142 md. Reservoir lithologies range from well-sorted, massive sandstones to poorly sorted fine sandstones and siltstones containing shaly laminations that are carbonaceous and micaceous. The field is located predominantly in Block PH-38, but part of the field is in the Londji concession. Mobil Producing Cameroon, Inc., is the operator of PH-38 and Total Exploration and Production Cameroon is the operator of the Londji concession.

  4. NWTC Helps Guide U.S. Offshore R&D; NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

    SciTech Connect

    2015-07-01

    The National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is helping guide our nation's research-and-development effort in offshore renewable energy, which includes: Design, modeling, and analysis tools; Device and component testing; Resource characterization; Economic modeling and analysis; Grid integration.

  5. Organic geochemistry of sediments on the flanks of Tanner and Cortes banks offshore from southern California

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Rapp, J.B.; Kvenvolden, K.A.

    1982-01-01

    Holocene sediment, composed mainly of foram tests, occurs on the flanks of the Tanner and Cortes Banks, offshore southern California. The organic matter in this sediment differs in content and composition from the organic matter in nearby basins. Two sources of hydrocarbons are indicated: terrestrial plants and biodegraded or immature petroleum.

  6. Effect of Second-Order Hydrodynamics on Floating Offshore Wind Turbines: Preprint

    SciTech Connect

    Roald, L.; Jonkman, J.; Robertson, A,; Chokani, N.

    2013-07-01

    Offshore winds are generally stronger and more consistent than winds on land, making the offshore environment attractive for wind energy development. A large part of the offshore wind resource is however located in deep water, where floating turbines are the only economical way of harvesting the energy. The design of offshore floating wind turbines relies on the use of modeling tools that can simulate the entire coupled system behavior. At present, most of these tools include only first-order hydrodynamic theory. However, observations of supposed second-order hydrodynamic responses in wave-tank tests performed by the DeepCwind consortium suggest that second-order effects might be critical. In this paper, the methodology used by the oil and gas industry has been modified to apply to the analysis of floating wind turbines, and is used to assess the effect of second-order hydrodynamics on floating offshore wind turbines. The method relies on combined use of the frequency-domain tool WAMIT and the time-domain tool FAST. The proposed assessment method has been applied to two different floating wind concepts, a spar and a tension-leg-platform (TLP), both supporting the NREL 5-MW baseline wind turbine. Results showing the hydrodynamic forces and motion response for these systems are presented and analysed, and compared to aerodynamic effects.

  7. Federal Offshore Statistics, 1993. Leasing, exploration, production, and revenue as of December 31, 1993

    SciTech Connect

    Francois, D.K.

    1994-12-31

    This document contains statistical data on the following: federal offshore lands; offshore leasing activity and status; offshore development activity; offshore production of crude oil and natural gas; federal offshore oil and natural gas sales volume and royalties; revenue from federal offshore leases; disbursement of federal offshore revenue; reserves and resource estimates of offshore oil and natural gas; oil pollution in US and international waters; and international activities and marine minerals. A glossary is included.

  8. Arctic & Offshore Technical Data System

    Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC)

    1990-07-01

    AORIS is a computerized information system to assist the technology and planning community in the development of Arctic oil and gas resources. In general, AORIS is geographically dependent and, where possible, site specific. The main topics are sea ice, geotechnology, oceanography, meteorology, and Arctic engineering, as they relate to such offshore oil and gas activities as exploration, production, storage, and transportation. AORIS consists of a directory component that identifies 85 Arctic energy-related databases and tellsmore »how to access them; a bibliographic/management information system or bibliographic component containing over 8,000 references and abstracts on Arctic energy-related research; and a scientific and engineering information system, or data component, containing over 800 data sets, in both tabular and graphical formats, on sea ice characteristics taken from the bibliographic citations. AORIS also contains much of the so-called grey literature, i.e., data and/or locations of Arctic data collected, but never published. The three components are linked so the user may easily move from one component to another. A generic information system is provided to allow users to create their own information systems. The generic programs have the same query and updating features as AORIS, except that there is no directory component.« less

  9. Offshore oil and the coastline

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bell, Peter M.

    A radical, accelerated 5-year plan to offer 875 million acres (of which 20 million could actually be leased for oil and gas extraction purposes) on the outer continental shelf (OCS) could result in the release of large volumes of drilling wastes and spillage (Environ. Sci. Tech., Nov. 1981). The actual leasing, under the 5-year plan proposed by Secretary of the Interior James G. Watt, could amount to 4-5 million acres per year—about 10 times as much, on the average, as had been leased over the past 25 years. Regulations on the environmental effects may be less complicated yet more effective in that impact statements will cover large areas instead of the tract-by-tract statements now required. A number of the new offshore leasing areas, for example, the Alaska Coast (Cook Inlet, Beaufort Bay, Gulf of Alaska), the Blake Plateau and Baltimore Canyon, and the Georges Bank, are extremely valuable in terms of renewable resources and potentially fragile in terms of environmental conditions. Fishing interests in these areas have produced considerable controversy over the planned sale of petroleum rights.

  10. Stable isotopes of carbon as an invaluable stratigraphic tool: An example from the Cambrian of the northern Appalachians, USA

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Glumac, Bosiljka; Spivak-Birndorf, Malkah L.

    2002-06-01

    This study illustrates the usefulness of carbon isotopes in stratigraphic interpretations of poorly fossiliferous strata beyond the resolution possible by biostratigraphy. The Upper Cambrian strata of the lower Gorge Formation in northwestern Vermont have been interpreted as highly condensed continental-slope deposits with a hiatus bracketed by the trilobite fauna of the Dunderbergia zone (Steptoean) and the Saukia zone (upper Sunwaptan). This interpretation was based on information from two thin fossiliferous intervals, the occurrence of one of them being unconfirmed in a recent study. Carbon isotopes provide a means for testing this interpretation because marine carbonate rocks deposited during the Steptoean Age of the Late Cambrian record a large, global, positive carbon isotope excursion (?13C values of up to +5‰ relative to the Vienna Peedee belemnite standard). If the proposed age for the lowermost Gorge Formation is correct, these strata should record the start of the excursion, and the hiatus should produce an abrupt termination in the record of the excursion near maximum values. The determined ?13C values (-0.57‰ to +0.39‰) indicate that the excursion is not recorded at this locality. The results question the age for these strata and suggest that the hiatus is greater than previously recognized, encompassing most of the Steptoean. This major sedimentary hiatus lends supporting evidence for a significant eustatic or pan-Laurentian sea- level event during the Steptoean perturbation in the global cycling of carbon.

  11. Chronostratigraphy of the Trenton Group and Utica Shale, Pt. II: Stratigraphic correlations using Ordovician glasses in K-bentonites

    SciTech Connect

    Delano, J.W.; Tice, S. . Dept. of Geological Sciences); Mitchell, C.E.; Goldman, D. . Dept. of Geology); Samson, S.D. . Dept. of Geology)

    1992-01-01

    Rhyolitic glasses in the form of pristine melt inclusions that occur within quartz phenocrysts are being used for the geochemical fingerprinting of Ordovician K-bentonites in the northern Appalachian Basin. These melt inclusions are samples of pre-eruptive magma that became trapped during phenocryst growth in the deep crustal magma chambers. Plinian eruptions led to quenching of the enclosed rhyolitic magma to form glass when the quartz phenocrysts were blasted into the atmosphere. Preservation of this Ordovician glass is due to its being hermetically sealed within a mineral (quartz) that is resistant to weathering and diagenetic alteration. Chemical compositions of glasses in four Ordovician K-bentonites from the Mohawk Valley of New York State have been acquired using high-precision, electron microprobe analyses. The elements Mg, Cl, Ca, Ti, and Fe are often diagnostic. The accompanying figure illustrates one combination of elements that is effective in distinguishing K-bentonites, which are not stratigraphically equivalent. These K-bentonites were selected to test competing chronostratigraphies of the northern Appalachian Basin and indicate problems with the model by Cisne et al.

  12. 46 CFR 108.449 - Piping tests.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ...SECURITY (CONTINUED) A-MOBILE OFFSHORE DRILLING UNITS DESIGN AND EQUIPMENT Fire Extinguishing Systems Fixed Carbon Dioxide Fire Extinguishing Systems § 108.449 Piping tests. (a) Each test prescribed in (b), (c),...

  13. 46 CFR 108.449 - Piping tests.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ...SECURITY (CONTINUED) A-MOBILE OFFSHORE DRILLING UNITS DESIGN AND EQUIPMENT Fire Extinguishing Systems Fixed Carbon Dioxide Fire Extinguishing Systems § 108.449 Piping tests. (a) Each test prescribed in (b), (c),...

  14. Deep burial dolomitization driven by plate collision: Evidence from strontium-isotopes of Jurassic Arab IV dolomites from offshore Qatar

    SciTech Connect

    Vahrenkamp, V.C.; Taylor, S.R. )

    1991-03-01

    The use of strontium-isotope ratios of dolomites to constrain timing and mechanism of diagenesis has been investigated on Jurassic Arab IV dolomites from offshore Qatar. Reservoir quality is determined by two types of dolomites, which were differentiated geochemically (cathodoluminescence, fluid inclusions, and carbon and oxygen stable isotopes): (1) stratigraphically concordant sucrosic dolomites with high porosity formed during early near-surface diagenesis (Jurassic) and (2) stratigraphically discordant cylindrical bodies of massive, porosity-destroying dolomites formed late during deep burial diagenesis (Eocene-Pliocene). Detailed Sr-isotope analysis of dolomites from the Arab IV confirms an Early Jurassic age of the sucrosic, high porosity dolomites ({sup 87}Sr/{sup 86}SR = 0.70707 for NBS 987 = 0.71024) with magnesium and strontium being derived from Jurassic seawater. Late Tertiary compressional orogeny of the Zagros belt to the north is proposed to have caused large-scale squeezing of fluids from the pore system of sedimentary rocks. A regional deep fluid flow system developed dissolving infra-Cambrian evaporites upflow and causing large-scale deep burial dolomitization downflow.

  15. Seismic expression of depositional systems tracts and application to hydrocarbon exploration in Bredasdorp basin, offshore South Africa

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    Beamish, G.W.J.

    1989-03-01

    Postrift Cretaceous sequences of Bredasdorp basin, offshore South Africa, were rigorously analyzed using the unified application of the latest seismic-stratigraphic, sequence-stratigraphic, and depositional systems concepts. Using 101 seismic profiles totaling 5600 km, the authors identified ten cyclic depositional sequences bounded by nine type 1 and two type 2 unconformities. Component depositional systems tracts exhibit a distinct seismic expression and can be delineated using truncation and lap-out relationships. Lowstand systems tracts developed on type 1 unconformities, which resulted from relative sea level fall below the shelf edge. In a terrigenous clastic basin such as Bredasdorp, these tracts are interpreted as being composed of basin-floor turbidite fans, channels, and/or sheets. These features formed contemporaneously with the erosion of incised valleys and submarine canyons, followed by channelized slope fans and deltaic/coastal lowstand wedges that prograded during a relative sea level rise. Subsequent flooding of the shelf as relative sea level rise accelerated resulted in poorly defined transgressive systems tracts. With the relative sea level at a highstand, extensively developed deltaic/coastal systems prograded basinward exhibiting well-defined clinoforms. The major hydrocarbon plays in the lowstand tracts occur as mounded basin-floor turbidite fans, channel fills, and draped sheets and are found in the updip pinch-out of deltaic/coastal sandstones.

  16. Combined effect of tectonism, eustasy, and sediment supply on the depositional-sequence history of the western offshore, South Africa

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    Jungslager, E.H.A. )

    1991-03-01

    Interpreted seismic profiles and maps of depositional systems tracts highlight variations in basin-fill architecture and their inferred causes along western offshore South Africa. Sequence-stratigraphic concepts developed by Exxon were used to interpret 10,000 km of seismic data and logs from 31 exploration boreholes within an area of 90,000 km{sup 2}. Lower frequency second-order supercycles (5-10 Ma) are attributed to changes in the rate of subsidence and are expressed either by predominantly progradational or aggradational depositional supersequence. In addition to these long-duration, basin-wide stratigraphic packages, component depositional sequences that formed in response to third order (1-5 Ma) and higher frequency cycles vary with structural setting within the depobasin, namely depocenter, basin flanks, shelf-edge, and slope systems. High-order sequences are attributed to eustatically driven, high-frequency, base-level changes and/or localized tectonic events (i.e. slope failure, gravity faulting). Variations in the areal distribution of lowstand and shelf-margin systems tracts document lateral shifting sediment supplies and the presence of entrenched feeder-canyons linked to incised valley systems on the shelf. Many canyons, however, terminate updip and may be related to slope failure and headward erosion. The tentative correlation of regionally developed unconformities of the west coast based on microfaunal dating of a limited number of marine condensed sections points to a remarkable correspondence with the Exxon global sea-level chart.

  17. The Seabed Stability Zonation in Chinese Offshore

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Du, J.

    2013-12-01

    There are abundant natural resources and energy in Chinese offshore continental shelf, and which should be the most development potential region now and in the future. But the seabed of Chinese offshore is often under the instable status caused by many factors which deeply affects the safety of marine development. Marine geohazards is an active one among the influence factors. The marine geohazards means the geological factors developed in the seabed surface and the strata below the seabed, such as fault, shallow gas, landslide, coastal erosion, buried river channel, sand wave and sand ridge, easily liquefied sand layer etc., which will cause damage to the human life and property. In this paper, the seabed stability were analyzed and divided it into five grades based on the marine geohazards evaluation result which made by fuzzy mathematic model. Firstly, by collecting the analyzing the marine geohazards which distributed on the seabed or under the seabed, the marine geohazards maps in Chinese offshore were made and the classification system of marine geohazards was established. Then, the evaluation index system of seabed stability was set which included the seismic peak acceleration, geomorphology, direct geohazards and restricted geohazards. And the weighted value of each indicator was calculated by using analytic hierarchy process. And, a group of appropriate number with normal distribution was selected to replace the membership grade function. Based on above, a fuzzy evaluation model for seabed stability is established. Using the maps of marine geohazards, geomorphology maps and seismic peak acceleration maps as data source, using the fuzzy matrix as calculated method, based on the principles of maximum membership grade of fuzzy mathematics, we get the evaluation result of Chinese offshore with 6' by 6' grid unit. The maximum membership grade should be taken as the stability level in each unit. Above all, the seabed stability of Chinese offshore is divided into five grades according to the maximum membership grade. In this paper, we defined 5 classes which respectively were basically stable, relatively stable, medium, relatively unstable and unstable. By using statistical analysis method, a stability zonation map of the Chinese offshore has been drawn based on the evaluation result of each unit. From the stability map, Chinese offshore seabed stability was divided into sixty sub-regions with 5 classes. And the unstable sub-regions were mainly located in the North-East of Liaodong Bay, north of Laizhou Bay, the shoal in north Jiangsu, north Taiwan offshore and around Nan'ao Islands of Guangdong. Most Chinese offshore seabed stability has been in the relatively stable status.

  18. Strengthening America's Energy Security with Offshore Wind (Fact Sheet)

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    Not Available

    2012-02-01

    This fact sheet describes the current state of the offshore wind industry in the United States and the offshore wind research and development activities conducted the U.S. Department of Energy Wind and Water Power Program.

  19. 46 CFR 175.115 - Applicability to offshore supply vessels.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Applicability to offshore supply vessels. 175.115 Section 175.115 Shipping...TONS) GENERAL PROVISIONS § 175.115 Applicability to offshore supply vessels. (a) Existing OSVs of more than...

  20. 46 CFR 175.115 - Applicability to offshore supply vessels.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Applicability to offshore supply vessels. 175.115 Section 175.115 Shipping...TONS) GENERAL PROVISIONS § 175.115 Applicability to offshore supply vessels. (a) Existing OSVs of more than...

  1. Genetic differentiation between inshore and offshore Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua)

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    Ruzzante, Daniel E.

    Genetic differentiation between inshore and offshore Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) off Newfoundland, and Sally V. Goddard Abstract: The genetic difference between inshore overwintering Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) from Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, and offshore overwintering cod from the Grand Bank region

  2. Plastic Limit Analysis of Offshore Foundation and Anchor 

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    Chi, Chao-Ming

    2010-10-12

    This study presents the applications of plastic limit analysis to offshore foundations and anchors, including the drag embedment anchors (DEAs) for mobile offshore drilling units (MODU’s) and spudcan foundations for jack-up ...

  3. Comparison between Gulf of Mexico and Mediterranean Offshore Reservoirs 

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    Tang, Jiawei

    2014-12-15

    , development and production. However, there have already been successful deepwater reservoir developments, in sedimentary environments such as the Gulf of Mexico, offshore Brazil and West Africa. Especially in Gulf of Mexico, the offshore reservoirs...

  4. National Offshore Wind Energy Grid Interconnection Study Full Report

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    Daniel, John P.; Liu, Shu; Ibanez, Eduardo; Pennock, Ken; Reed, Gregory; Hanes, Spencer

    2014-07-30

    The National Offshore Wind Energy Grid Interconnection Study (NOWEGIS) considers the availability and potential impacts of interconnecting large amounts of offshore wind energy into the transmission system of the lower 48 contiguous United States.

  5. National Offshore Wind Energy Grid Interconnection Study Executive Summary

    SciTech Connect

    Daniel, John P.; Liu, Shu; Ibanez, Eduardo; Pennock, Ken; Reed, Gregory; Hanes, Spencer

    2014-07-30

    The National Offshore Wind Energy Grid Interconnection Study (NOWEGIS) considers the availability and potential impacts of interconnecting large amounts of offshore wind energy into the transmission system of the lower 48 contiguous United States.

  6. 77 FR 63849 - National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee

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    2012-10-17

    ...affecting the oil and gas offshore industry. These meetings are open to the...the Marriott South Hobby Airport Hotel, 9100 Gulf Freeway, Houston, TX...notices that affect the offshore industry; (5) An update on recent...

  7. The Deccan tholeiite lavas and dykes of Ghatkopar-Powai area, Mumbai, Panvel flexure zone: Geochemistry, stratigraphic status, and tectonic significance

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    Sheth, Hetu C.; Zellmer, Georg F.; Demonterova, Elena I.; Ivanov, Alexei V.; Kumar, Rohit; Patel, Rakesh Kumar

    2014-04-01

    Mumbai City, situated on the western Indian coast, is well known for exposures of late-stage Deccan pillow basalts and spilites, pyroclastic rocks, rhyolite lavas, and trachyte intrusions. These rock units, and a little-studied sequence of tholeiitic flows and dykes in the eastern part of Mumbai City, constitute the west-dipping limb of a regional tectonic structure called the Panvel flexure. Here we present field, petrographic, major and trace element and Sr-Nd isotopic data on these tholeiitic flows and dykes, best exposed in the Ghatkopar-Powai area. The flows closely resemble the Mahabaleshwar Formation of the thick Western Ghats sequence to the east, in Sr-Nd isotopic ratios and multielement patterns, but have other geochemical characteristics (e.g., incompatible trace element ratios) unlike the Mahabaleshwar or any other Formation. The flows may have originated from a nearby eruptive center, possibly offshore of Mumbai. Two dykes resemble the Ambenali Formation of the Western Ghats in all geochemical characteristics, though they may not represent feeders of the Ambenali Formation lavas. Most dykes are distinct from any of the Western Ghats stratigraphic units. Some show partial (e.g., Sr-Nd isotopic) similarities to the Mahabaleshwar Formation, and these include several dykes with unusual, concave-downward REE patterns suggesting residual amphibole and thus a lithospheric source. The flows and dykes are inferred to have undergone little or no contamination, by lower continental crust. Most dykes are almost vertical, suggesting emplacement after the formation of the Panvel flexure, and indicate considerable east-west lithospheric extension during this late but magmatically vigorous stage of Deccan volcanism.

  8. Seismic depth-domain stratigraphic classification of the Golan Heights, central Dead Sea Fault

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    Meiler, Miki; Reshef, Moshe; Shulman, Haim

    2011-10-01

    A set of twenty five 2-D seismic profiles acquired over the Golan Heights basaltic plateau, central Dead Sea Fault segment, was processed and analyzed in the depth domain. The data were processed by the Pre-Stack Depth Migration techniques and, despite the thick basaltic layer entirely covering the plateau, shows surprisingly good quality. The study presents stratigraphic identification of eleven seismic markers recognized on the output depth-domain sections and their correlation with the adjacent Syrian, Jordanian and Israeli stratigraphic columns. Based on this regional correlation, the deep-seated structure and stratigraphic column underlying the extensive basaltic cover are addressed through structural mapping and isopach calculations, as well as through compilation of regional geological cross-sections. Results of the depth-domain seismic interpretation suggest that the Golan Heights covers a structural depression in which more than 8500 m of Late Proterozoic to Neogene sedimentary succession has accumulated, amid the Jordanian Highlands and the Mt. Hermon Anticline. The Infracambrian-Paleozoic succession attains a thickness of 3000-3500 m, while as much as 1500 m of this figure is attributed to the Late Proterozoic Saramuj Formation. The Mesozoic succession, outlined by the significant northward and north-western thickening of the Triassic and Jurassic successions, attains a cumulative thickness of 5 km in the Northern Golan. The Senonian-Cenozoic succession outlines the syncline nature of the Golan Plateau, attaining a thickness of 1.5-2 km at the central parts of the plateau. The estimated thickness of the Plio-Pleistocene basalt flows that cover the study area locally exceeds 1000 m. Two fault strands of the Dead Sea Fault System are recognized in the subsurface of the plateau: the Sheikh-Ali and Shamir Faults. The strands are interpreted beneath the basalt cover, extending into the plateau at a considerable distance from their surface expression next to the Arabian-Sinai plate boundary frontier, exhibiting various styles of deformation.

  9. An assessment of the mechanical stability of wells offshore Nigeria

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    Lowrey, J.P.; Ottesen, S.

    1995-03-01

    In 1991 lost time due to stuck pipe related drilling problems accounted for approximately 18% of total drilling time in Mobil Producing Nigeria Ultd.`s (MPN) offshore operations. The primary cause of stuck pipe was identified as mechanical wellbore instability. This paper presents an assessment of the mechanical stability of MPN`s wells offshore Nigeria. The objectives of the study were to: (1) determine the magnitude of the in-situ principal stresses and material properties of the troublesome Intra-Biafra and Qua Iboe shale sequences; (2) quantify the drilling fluid densities required to drill mechanically stable wells through these formations; (3) review and recommend well planning and operational parameters which aid in minimizing wellbore stability-related drilling problems. The well-bore stability assessment was carried out with the aid of a 3-dimensional wellbore stability model using field derived data from the study area to corroborate the results. The collection and analysis of drilling data (borehole geometry and density logs, pore pressure, leak-off tests, local geology and other relevant well records) to determine the magnitude of the in-situ principal stresses, together with compressive strength tests on formation cores are discussed. Minimum safe drilling fluid densities to promote wellbore stability as a function of well geometry and depth are presented for the most troublesome shales drilled in the study area. Implementation of the results reduced wellbore stability related problems and associated trouble time to less than 5% in 1992.

  10. Can a time-stratigraphic classification system be developed for Venus?

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    Tanaka, K. L.; Schaber, G. G.

    1992-01-01

    Magellan radar images reveal that Venus' exposed geologic record covers a relatively short and recent time span, as indicated by the low density of impact craters across the planet. Therefore, because impact cratering in itself will not be a useful tool to define geologic ages on Venus, it was questioned whether a useful stratigraphic scheme can be developed for the planet. We believe that a venusian stratigraphy is possible and that it can be based on the following: (1) an examination of the rationale and methods that have been used to develop such schemes for the other planets; and (2) what can be gleaned from Magellan and other datasets of Venus.

  11. Stratigraphic framework of Cambrian and Ordovician rocks across Rome Trough, central Appalachian basin

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    Ryder, R.T.

    1987-09-01

    Restored stratigraphic cross sections drawn primarily through the subsurface of parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee provide new detailed information to further the understanding of Cambrian and Ordovician sedimentation and tectonics associated with the Rome trough sector of the Appalachian basin. Drilled thickness of the Cambrian and Ordovician sequence ranges from a maximum of about 14,500 ft (4.5 km) along the axis of the trough to a minimum of about 3500 ft (1 km) on the western flank.

  12. Lake Tapps tephra: An early Pleistocene stratigraphic marker in the Puget Lowland, Washington

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    Westgate, J.A.; Easterbrook, D.J.; Naeser, N.D.; Carson, R.J.

    1987-01-01

    The rhyolitic Lake Tapps tephra was deposited about 1.0 myr ago, shortly after culmination of the early phase of the Salmon Springs Glaciation in the Puget Lowland. It is contained within sediments that were deposited in ponds or lakes in front of the reteating glacier. An herb-dominated tundra existed in the southern Puget Lowland at that time. Lake Tapps tephra is most likely the product of an eruption that in part was phreatomagmatic. It forms an early Pleistocene stratigraphic marker across the southern sector of the Puget Lowland and provides a link between Puget lobe sediments of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet and sediments deposited by Olympic alpine glaciers. ?? 1987.

  13. Stratigraphic permeability in the Baca geothermal system, Redondo Creek Area, Valles Caldera, New Mexico

    SciTech Connect

    Hulen, J.B.; Nielson, D.L.

    1982-10-01

    Synthesis of surface and borehole data from the Baca geothermal system, as defined by drilling to date in the Redondo Creek area of the Valles Caldera, New Mexico, indicates that thermal fluid flow in the system is partially controlled by distinct stratigraphic aquifers. These aquifers are relatively thin, laterally restricted beds of non-welded tuff and tuffaceous sandstone, confined primarily to the Quaternary Bandelier Tuff. Recognition of the role of these rocks in reservoir definition at Baca should improve chances for future geothermal discoveries in the Valles Caldera and similar settings elsewhere.

  14. Snow stratigraphic heterogeneity within ground-based passive microwave radiometer footprints: implications for emission modelling

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    Sandells, M.; Rutter, N.; Derksen, C.; Langlois, A.; Lemmetyinen, J.; Montpetit, B.; Pulliainen, J. T.; Royer, A.; Toose, P.

    2012-12-01

    Remote sensing of snow mass remains a challenging area of research. Scattering of electromagnetic radiation is sensitive to snow mass, but is also affected by contrasts in the dielectric properties of the snow. Although the argument that errors from simple algorithms average out at large scales has been used to justify current retrieval methods, it is not obvious why this should be the case. This hypothesis needs to be tested more rigorously. A ground-based field experiment was carried out to assess the impact of sub-footprint snow heterogeneity on microwave brightness temperature, in Churchill, Canada in winter in early 2010. Passive microwave measurements of snow were made using sled-mounted radiometers at 75cm intervals over a 5m transect. Measurements were made at horizontal and vertical polarizations at frequencies of 19 and 37 GHz. Snow beneath the radiometer footprints was subsequently excavated, creating a snow trench wall along the centrepoints of adjacent footprints. The trench wall was carefully smoothed and photographed with a near-infrared camera in order to determine the positions of stratigraphic snow layer boundaries. Three one-dimensional vertical profiles of snowpack properties (density and snow specific surface area) were taken at 75cm, 185cm and 355cm from the left hand side of the trench. These profile measurements were used to derive snow density and grain size for each of the layers identified from the NIR image. Microwave brightness temperatures for the 2-dimensional map of snow properties was simulated with the Helsinki University of Technology (HUT) model at 1cm intervals horizontally across the trench. Where each of five ice lenses was identified in the snow stratigraphy, a decrease in brightness temperature was simulated. However, the median brightness temperature simulated across the trench was substantially higher than the observations, of the order of tens of Kelvin, dependent on frequency and polarization. In order to understand and quantify possible sources of error in the simulations, a number of experiments were carried out to investigate the sensitivity of the brightness temperature to: 1) uncertainties in field observations, 2) representation of ice lenses, 3) model layering structure, and 4) near-infrared derived grain size representing snow grain size at microwave wavelengths. Field measurement error made little difference to the simulated brightness temperature, nor did the representation of ice lenses as crusts of high density snow. As the number of layers in the snow was reduced to 3, 2, or 1, the simulated brightness temperature increased slightly. However, scaling of snow grain size had a dramatic effect on the simulated brightness temperatures, reducing the median bias of the simulations to within measurement error for the statistically different brightness temperature distributions. This indicated that further investigation is required to define what is meant by the microwave grain size, and how this relates to the grain size that is used in the microwave emission model.

  15. Geomorphic and stratigraphic evidence for dynamic river channel development in the Dehra Dun region, northern India

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    Densmore, A. L.; Sinha, R.; Barnes, J. B.; Pickering, J.; Tandon, S. K.

    2009-04-01

    The Ganga and Yamuna rivers drain the Garhwal Himalaya of northern India and cut cross several active faults as they pass into the Gangetic Plain and the northern Indian foreland. Unlike rivers in the central or eastern Himalayas, which debouch directly into the foreland and have built large depositional fan complexes, the Ganga and Yamuna rivers have been funnelled into an intermontane basin, the Dehra Dun, by Quaternary upper-crustal faulting and growth of the Mohand anticline. Sediments in the Dun record a complex history of aggradation and erosion during the Quaternary, as seen by alternate episodes of fan progradation and incision in stratigraphic records. Here, we summarize existing work on the evidence for, and timing of, these episodes, and explore the consequences of proximal sediment storage or evacuation, as well as local sediment sources derived from the active structures bounding the Dun, on the downstream character and behaviour of the river systems. Correlation of fan depositional surfaces across the Dun allows us to constrain both the volumes of Quaternary fill in the Dun and the amount of material excavated during episodes of fan incision. We argue that, while the trapping of sediment in the Dun is ultimately caused by growth and lateral propagation of the Himalayan frontal fault system and the Mohand anticline, variations in storage or excavation on short time scales (50-100 ka to present) are most likely driven by climatically-modulated changes in sediment supply from the catchments upstream of the Dun. We show that active upper-crustal faulting does, however, leave a consistent imprint in the present-day morphology of the rivers as they flow across the Dun. Finally, we place bounds on the volumes of sediment sourced from the active structures bounding the Dun, including the Mohand anticline, and the approximate time scales over which this sediment has been liberated. An open question is whether or not the proximal sediment storage ‘filter' of the Dun plays a significant role in modulating the sediment flux in the Ganga and Yamuna systems. It seems likely that such a filter will amplify climate-related fluctuations in sediment supply from the Higher and Lesser Himalaya. For example, widespread trapping of sediment in the Dun would be expected to trigger downstream incision across the Gangetic Plain, which in turn would inhibit large-scale avulsion of the river course. The relative lack of proximal storage in eastern Gangetic river systems, such as the Kosi River in north Bihar, coupled with their higher sediment fluxes and precipitation rates, may be a contributing factor to their long-term hyper-avulsive behaviour. The degree of proximal storage may thus play an important contributing role in determining large-scale flood hazard across the Gangetic Plain. Only a better understanding of the timing of river incision and aggradation in the Gangetic Plain, as well as the magnitude and duration of sediment storage in the Dun and other intermontane valleys, will enable this hypothesis to be more fully tested.

  16. Platform technology extends gulf action - producing offshore

    SciTech Connect

    Belcher, J.

    1997-04-01

    Newer, more economic platforms raise the economic attractivenes of offshore projects and offer lower upfront costs to budget-minded operators. The past two years have seen a resurgence of interest in exploration and production activity in the Gulf of Mexico for both majors and non-majors. Technological advances reduce the risk and the cost of offshore production and enable producers to cost-effectively operate in deeper waters. Like the majors, independent companies explore and develop in deeper water and find it very profitable to do so. They are following the majors further and further out in the Gulf. Key to the reduced risk and cost of Gulf production has been the development of more efficient and cost-effective offshore platform technology. Advanced platform technology is enabling producers to go deeper and deeper into the Gulf of Mexico.

  17. Solar power satellite offshore rectenna study

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1980-01-01

    Offshore rectennas are feasible and cost competitive with land rectennas but the type of rectenna suitable for offshore use is quite different from that specified in the present reference system. A nonground plane design minimizes the weight and greatly reduces the number of costly support towers. This perferred design is an antenna array consisting of individually encapsulated dipoles with reflectors or tagis supported on feed wires. Such a 5 GW rectenna could be built at a 50 m water depth site to withstand hurricane, winter storm, and icing conditions for a one time cost of $5.7 billion. Subsequent units would be about 1.3 less expensive. More benign and more shallow water sites would result in substantially lower costs. The major advantage of an offshore rectenna is the removal of microwave radiation from populated areas.

  18. ConcreteTowers for Onshore and OffshoreWind Farms

    E-print Network

    McCalley, James D.

    ConcreteTowers for Onshore and OffshoreWind Farms CONCEPTUAL DESIGN STUDIES #12;PROFILES common issues exist between onshore and offshore wind tower structures, there are also many important the results presented in the onshore and offshore research into one publication. It presents ideas and issues

  19. Integrated Multidisciplinary Constrained Optimization of Offshore Support Structures

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    Papalambros, Panos

    all the design constraints. 1. Introduction Offshore wind energy is a growing industry, with thousands to renewable energy. Offshore wind turbines benefit from higher and steadier winds at sea, but the required.haghi@siemens.com Abstract. In the current offshore wind turbine support structure design method, the tower and foundation

  20. REVIEW Open Access Assessing environmental impacts of offshore wind

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    Aberdeen, University of

    REVIEW Open Access Assessing environmental impacts of offshore wind farms: lessons learned and recommendations for the future Helen Bailey1* , Kate L Brookes2 and Paul M Thompson3 Abstract Offshore wind power literature and our experience with assessing impacts of offshore wind developments on marine mammals

  1. 47 CFR 22.1007 - Channels for offshore radiotelephone systems.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 2 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Channels for offshore radiotelephone systems... CARRIER SERVICES PUBLIC MOBILE SERVICES Offshore Radiotelephone Service § 22.1007 Channels for offshore radiotelephone systems. The channels listed in this section are allocated for paired assignment to...

  2. ForPeerReview PUBLIC ACCEPTANCE OF OFFSHORE WIND POWER

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    Firestone, Jeremy

    ForPeerReview PUBLIC ACCEPTANCE OF OFFSHORE WIND POWER PROJECTS IN THE UNITED STATES Journal: Wind, Andrew; Minerals Management Service Keywords: offshore wind power, public opinion, social acceptancePeerReview 1 PUBLIC ACCEPTANCE OF OFFSHORE WIND POWER PROJECTS IN THE UNITED STATES Jeremy Firestone*, Willett

  3. Boundary Spanning in Offshored Information Systems Development Projects

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    Krishnan, Poornima

    2010-01-01

    Recent growth in offshore outsourcing of information systems (IS) services is accompanied by managing the offshore projects successfully. Much of the project failures can be attributed to geographic and organizational boundaries which create differences in culture, language, work patterns, and decision making processes among the offshore project…

  4. RELIABILITY COMPARISON MODELS FOR OFFSHORE WIND TURBINES (OWT)

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    Bernstein, Joseph B.

    RELIABILITY COMPARISON MODELS FOR OFFSHORE WIND TURBINES (OWT) Yizhou Lu, T. M. Delorm, A. Christou components. European Power Electronics and Drives Association (EPE) Journal, 20(4), 2010. 3. OREDA, Offshore of survivor functions R(t) of drive-trains, after 1 year of operation, between Offshore Wind Turbine (OWT) vs

  5. 76 FR 24504 - National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee

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    2011-05-02

    ... SECURITY National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee AGENCY: United States Coast Guard, DHS. ACTION: Committee Management; Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting. SUMMARY: The National Offshore Safety... Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. (Pub. L. 92-463). The National Offshore Safety...

  6. 46 CFR 15.520 - Mobile offshore drilling units.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

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  7. 46 CFR 111.105-33 - Mobile offshore drilling units.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Mobile offshore drilling units. 111.105-33 Section 111... ELECTRIC SYSTEMS-GENERAL REQUIREMENTS Hazardous Locations § 111.105-33 Mobile offshore drilling units. (a) Applicability. This section applies to each mobile offshore drilling unit. (b) Definitions. As used in...

  8. 46 CFR 15.520 - Mobile offshore drilling units.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 1 2012-10-01 2012-10-01 false Mobile offshore drilling units. 15.520 Section 15.520... REQUIREMENTS Manning Requirements; Inspected Vessels § 15.520 Mobile offshore drilling units. (a) The requirements in this section for mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs) supplement other requirements in...

  9. 46 CFR 111.105-33 - Mobile offshore drilling units.

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    2013-10-01

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  10. 46 CFR 111.105-33 - Mobile offshore drilling units.

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    2011-10-01

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  11. 46 CFR 111.105-33 - Mobile offshore drilling units.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

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  12. 46 CFR 111.105-33 - Mobile offshore drilling units.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 4 2014-10-01 2014-10-01 false Mobile offshore drilling units. 111.105-33 Section 111... ELECTRIC SYSTEMS-GENERAL REQUIREMENTS Hazardous Locations § 111.105-33 Mobile offshore drilling units. (a) Applicability. This section applies to each mobile offshore drilling unit. (b) Definitions. As used in...

  13. 46 CFR 15.520 - Mobile offshore drilling units.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 1 2013-10-01 2013-10-01 false Mobile offshore drilling units. 15.520 Section 15.520... REQUIREMENTS Manning Requirements; Inspected Vessels § 15.520 Mobile offshore drilling units. (a) The requirements in this section for mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs) supplement other requirements in...

  14. 46 CFR 15.520 - Mobile offshore drilling units.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 1 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Mobile offshore drilling units. 15.520 Section 15.520... REQUIREMENTS Manning Requirements; Inspected Vessels § 15.520 Mobile offshore drilling units. (a) The requirements in this section for mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs) supplement other requirements in...

  15. International Offshore Students' Perceptions of Virtual Office Hours

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    Wdowik, Steven; Michael, Kathy

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: The main aim of this study is to gauge international offshore students' perceptions of virtual office hours (VOH) to consult with their offshore unit coordinators in Australia. Design/methodology/approach: This paper employs a quantitative and qualitative approach where data was sourced from three offshore campuses over a 12-month period…

  16. 77 FR 17491 - National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee

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    2012-03-26

    ...oil and gas offshore industry. These meetings are...Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel, 700 Tchoupitoulas Street...msydt-renaissance-new-orleans-arts-hotel/. There are three breakout...Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel, in the Patrons Room...that affect the offshore industry. (7) Offshore...

  17. Exploration potential of offshore northern California basins

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    Bachman, S.B.; Crouch, J.K.

    1988-01-01

    A series of exploratory wells was drilled in the northern California offshore basins in the 1960s following leasing of federal tracts off northern California, Oregon, and Washington. The drilling, although encountering numerous oil shows, was considered at the time to indicate low prospectivity in an area that extended as far south as the offshore Santa Maria basin. However, subsequent major discoveries in this decade in the offshore Santa Maria basin, such as the Point Arguello field, indicate that these offshore basins may be highly prospective exploration targets. Many of the key features of Monterey production in central and southern California are also present in the offshore basins of northern California. A new 5-year leasing plan has scheduled leasing in the northern California OCS starting in early 1989. The first basins on the schedule, the Point Arena and Eel River basins, differ in some respects. The Point Arena basin is more typical of a Monterey basin, with the potential for fractured chert reservoirs and organic-rich sections, deep burial of basinal sections to enhance the generation of higher gravity oils, and complex folding and faulting. The Eel River basin is more clastic-rich in its gas-producing, onshore extension. Key questions in the Eel River basin include whether the offshore, more distal stratigraphy will include Monterey-like biogenic sediments, and whether the basin has oil potential in addition to its proven gas potential. The Outer Santa Cruz basin shares a similar stratigraphy, structure, and hydrocarbon potential with the Point Arena basin. The Santa Cruz-Bodega basin, also with a similar stratigraphy, may have less exploration potential because erosion has thinned the Monterey section in parts of the basin.

  18. Flexible liner safeguards environment during offshore workover

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1991-06-10

    A Total-containment liner was installed on the upper deck of a Louisiana offshore platform in West Cameron 593A, by Unocal Exploration Corp. The liner will help protect the environment during workover operations. Unocal's major environmental concern was the oilbased packer fluid used in the wells. Even though the platform workover rig, Hercules; Rig 11, was equipped with containment equipment which met federal regulations, Unocal wanted a secondary containment device to further guarantee that an accidental spill would not occur, according to Clyde Landry, Unocal's district production manager for the west offshore district, Louisiana region.

  19. New seismo-stratigraphic and marine magnetic data of the Gulf of Pozzuoli (Naples Bay, Tyrrhenian Sea, Italy): inferences for the tectonic and magmatic events of the Phlegrean Fields volcanic complex (Campania)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Aiello, Gemma; Marsella, Ennio; Fiore, Vincenzo Di

    2012-06-01

    A detailed reconstruction of the stratigraphic and tectonic setting of the Gulf of Pozzuoli (Naples Bay) is provided on the basis of newly acquired single channel seismic profiles coupled with already recorded marine magnetics gathering the volcanic nature of some seismic units. Inferences for the tectonic and magmatic setting of the Phlegrean Fields volcanic complex, a volcanic district surrounding the western part of the Gulf of Naples, where volcanism has been active since at least 50 ka, are also discussed. The Gulf of Pozzuoli represents the submerged border of the Phlegrean caldera, resulting from the volcano-tectonic collapse induced from the pyroclastic flow deposits of the Campanian Ignimbrite (35 ka). Several morpho-depositional units have been identified, i.e., the inner continental shelf, the central basin, the submerged volcanic banks and the outer continental shelf. The stratigraphic relationships between the Quaternary volcanic units related to the offshore caldera border and the overlying deposits of the Late Quaternary depositional sequence in the Gulf of Pozzuoli have been highlighted. Fourteen main seismic units, both volcanic and sedimentary, tectonically controlled due to contemporaneous folding and normal faulting have been revealed by geological interpretation. Volcanic dykes, characterized by acoustically transparent sub-vertical bodies, locally bounded by normal faults, testify to the magma uprising in correspondence with extensional structures. A large field of tuff cones interlayered with marine deposits off the island of Nisida, on the western rim of the gulf, is related to the emplacement of the Neapolitan Yellow Tuff deposits. A thick volcanic unit, exposed over a large area off the Capo Miseno volcanic edifice is connected with the Bacoli-Isola Pennata-Capo Miseno yellow tuffs, cropping out in the northern Phlegrean Fields.

  20. Post-glacial sea-level history for SW Ireland (Bantry Bay) based on offshore evidence

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Plets, R. M.; Callard, L.; Cooper, A.; Long, A. J.; Belknap, D. F.; Edwards, R.; Jackson, D.; Kelley, J. T.; Long, D.; Milne, G. A.; Monteys, X.; Quinn, R.

    2013-12-01

    In recent years, progress in remote sensing techniques has helped to constrain the advance and retreat phases of the British-Irish Ice Sheet during and after the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), both on- and offshore. However, little evidence has been collected to study the pattern of relative sea-level (RSL) change immediately after ice sheet retreat. Glacio-isostatic adjustment (GIA) models suggest a complex RSL pattern around Ireland, influenced by local and regional isostatic movements. Unfortunately, such models are poorly constrained for periods during which RSL was significantly lower than present, particularly the Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene, owing to the paucity of accurate observational data offshore. This poster presents post-LGM stratigraphic evidence from Bantry Bay (SW Ireland), one of seven areas targeted around the Irish Sea as part of a larger NERC funded project which aims to provide the first field data on the depth and age of the RSL minimum since deglaciation in the Irish Sea Basin. Data examined consists of: multibeam bathymetry and backscatter, pinger sub-bottom and vibrocores (25 sites). Notable features on the multibeam are a bluff line in the outer bay with a maximum height of 10 m in water depths of c. -80 m which forms the western edge of a large sediment lobe. The south-western boundary of this lobe is marked by a series of long (up to 22 km), parallel ridges at depths between -96 m and -131 m, with iceberg scouring evident on the offshore margin. Six seismo-stratigraphic units are interpreted from the pinger data, the most prominent of which can be traced from the inner part of the Bay to the inshore edge of the ridges. This unit sits on an erosional surface, is characterised by a turbid acoustic signature and is identified as alternating sand and clay layers with some traces of organic material and gas. Equal amounts of marine and estuarine foraminifera are present within this unit, whilst the underlying unit has a higher percentage of brackish species and the overlying unit becomes predominantly marine. Based on this evidence, we suggest that the erosional surface represents the transgressive surface, underlying intertidal sediments. Mapping the extent of this surface reveals a maximum depth of -75 m offshore, rising gradually to a depth of -30 m in the inner Bay, a profile remarkably similar to the modelled sea-level curve for the area. The long parallel ridges are interpreted to represent ice-marginal, submarine moraine ridges associated with ice retreat, behind which a glacio-marine delta formed, resulting in the large sediment lobe imaged at the mouth of Bantry Bay. Foraminifera from the proposed transgressive surface have been submitted for radiocarbon dating. Once available, these results will be used for fine-tuning the Earth and ice model parameters in the GIA model. Such adjustments could have important implications for modelled RSL curves around the Irish Sea basin.

  1. Improving coastal wave hindcasts by combining offshore buoy observations with global wave models.

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Crosby, S. C.; O'Reilly, W. C.; Guza, R. T.

    2014-12-01

    Waves conditions in southern California are sensitive to offshore wave directions. Due to blocking by coastal islands and refraction across complex bathymetry, a <10o difference in incident wave direction can dramatically change coastal wave energy. Directional wave buoys are fundamentally low-resolution instruments, while the directional bin widths of operational wind-wave models are coarse (e.g. 10o). Operational wind-wave models have useful prediction skill in the nearshore, however, wave buoy measurements, when combined with standard directional estimation techniques, are shown to provide significantly better hindcasts. Techniques to combine offshore global wave model predictions (NOAA's Wave Watch 3 hindcasts) and offshore buoy measurements are being developed. The skill of different combination methodologies as an offshore boundary condition is assessed using spectral ray-tracing methods to transform incident offshore swell-spectra to shallow water buoy locations. A nearly continuous 10 yr data set of approximately 14 buoys is used. Comparisons include standard bulk parameters (e.g. significant wave height, peak period), the frequency-dependent energy spectrum (needed for run-up estimation) and radiation stress component Sxy (needed for alongshore current and sediment transport estimation). Global wave model uncertainties are unknown, complicating the formulation of optimum assimilation constraints. Several plausible models for estimating offshore waves are tested. Future work includes assimilating nearshore buoy observations, with the long-term objective of accurate regional wave hindcasts using an efficient mix of global wave models and buoys. This work is supported by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Division of Boating and Waterways Oceanography Program.

  2. Effects of Second-Order Hydrodynamics on a Semisubmersible Floating Offshore Wind Turbine: Preprint

    SciTech Connect

    Bayati, I.; Jonkman, J.; Robertson, A.; Platt, A.

    2014-07-01

    The objective of this paper is to assess the second-order hydrodynamic effects on a semisubmersible floating offshore wind turbine. Second-order hydrodynamics induce loads and motions at the sum- and difference-frequencies of the incident waves. These effects have often been ignored in offshore wind analysis, under the assumption that they are significantly smaller than first-order effects. The sum- and difference-frequency loads can, however, excite eigenfrequencies of the system, leading to large oscillations that strain the mooring system or vibrations that cause fatigue damage to the structure. Observations of supposed second-order responses in wave-tank tests performed by the DeepCwind consortium at the MARIN offshore basin suggest that these effects might be more important than originally expected. These observations inspired interest in investigating how second-order excitation affects floating offshore wind turbines and whether second-order hydrodynamics should be included in offshore wind simulation tools like FAST in the future. In this work, the effects of second-order hydrodynamics on a floating semisubmersible offshore wind turbine are investigated. Because FAST is currently unable to account for second-order effects, a method to assess these effects was applied in which linearized properties of the floating wind system derived from FAST (including the 6x6 mass and stiffness matrices) are used by WAMIT to solve the first- and second-order hydrodynamics problems in the frequency domain. The method has been applied to the OC4-DeepCwind semisubmersible platform, supporting the NREL 5-MW baseline wind turbine. The loads and response of the system due to the second-order hydrodynamics are analysed and compared to first-order hydrodynamic loads and induced motions in the frequency domain. Further, the second-order loads and induced response data are compared to the loads and motions induced by aerodynamic loading as solved by FAST.

  3. Stratigraphic analysis of the Sterkfontein StW 573 Australopithecus skeleton and implications for its age.

    PubMed

    Bruxelles, Laurent; Clarke, Ronald J; Maire, Richard; Ortega, Richard; Stratford, Dominic

    2014-05-01

    StW 573, Little Foot, is the most complete Australopithecus skeleton yet discovered, with many of its bones found in their correct anatomical position. Since the discovery of the in situ skeleton in the Silberberg Grotto in 1997, several teams have attempted to date the fossil. This appeared a simple process because several flowstones are inter-bedded in the breccia above and below StW 573. Dating of these flowstones, using U-Pb (uranium-lead) isotope decay techniques, gave younger results than expected from the fauna and stratigraphic position, around 2.2 Ma (millions of years). Our recent stratigraphic, micromorphological and geochemical studies revealed that the stratigraphy is much more complicated than was previously thought, with localized post-depositional processes leading to the creation of voids within the breccia around the skeleton. These voids were then filled by multiple generations of flowstone growth. The research we present here demonstrates that the proposed dates based on the flowstone deposition can give only a minimum age for StW 573 and that the flowstone formation came after, and probably long after, the breccia deposition. If one takes account of the long evolution of these karst fillings, StW 573 appears to be significantly older than 2.2 Ma. PMID:24698198

  4. Recognition of eustatic versus tectonic signatures in the carbonate sequence stratigraphic record

    SciTech Connect

    Lindsay, R.F.

    1996-12-31

    In the process of building sequence stratigraphic models it has become apparent that both eustatic and tectonic signatures can be recognized in the sequence stratigraphic record. Tectonics, active during deposition, modify the shelf to basin profile to leave a signature of increased or decreased rates of subsidence or uplift, or by quiescence. Subsidence or uplift may increase, decrease, or stop, and start again in short amounts of time. Tectonics can dramatically control the positioning of high to low quality reservoir rock. Eustatic sea level rise and fall may be synchronous or out of phase with tectonic events on the cycle, set, or sequence scale. On the sequence scale, if subsidence rates increased dramatically eustatic sea level rise and fall would deposit less complete shallowing-upward cycles in a transgressive systems tract. As subsidence slowed eustatic sea level would deposit complete cycles, containing exposure surfaces, in a highstand systems tract. If the basement is broken into discrete blocks, individual blocks may adjust differentially. One block may subside while an adjacent block may be quiescent or slowly uplifting. If one block abruptly subsides adjacent to a block that did not, cycles in the subsiding block thicken to form a wedge. As subsidence slowed and became more uniform, cycles across the same area will be of equal thickness. If subsidence stopped entirely, subaerial exposure would create an unconformity. Blocks slowly uplifting during deposition would receive thinner cycles across that block or the cycles would onlap onto it, and appear as a bulge in the shelf to basin profile.

  5. Neoproterozoic-Cambrian stratigraphic framework of the Anti-Atlas and Ouzellagh promontory (High Atlas), Morocco

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Álvaro, J. Javier; Benziane, Fouad; Thomas, Robert; Walsh, Gregory J.; Yazidi, Abdelaziz

    2014-10-01

    In the last two decades, great progress has been made in the geochronological, chrono- and chemostratigraphic control of the Neoproterozoic and Cambrian from the Anti-Atlas Ranges and the Ouzellagh promontory (High Atlas). As a result, the Neoproterozoic is lithostratigraphically subdivided into: (i) the Lkest-Taghdout Group (broadly interpreted at c. 800-690 Ma) representative of rift-to-passive margin conditions on the northern West African craton; (ii) the Iriri (c. 760-740 Ma), Bou Azzer (c. 762-697 Ma) and Saghro (c. 760?-610 Ma) groups, the overlying Anezi, Bou Salda, Dadès and Tiddiline formations localized in fault-grabens, and the Ouarzazate Supergroup (c. 615-548 Ma), which form a succession of volcanosedimentary complexes recording the onset of the Pan-African orogeny and its aftermath; and (iii) the Taroudant (the Ediacaran-Cambrian boundary lying in the Tifnout Member of the Adoudou Formation), Tata, Feijas Internes and Tabanite groups that have recorded development of the late Ediacaran-Cambrian Atlas Rift. Recent discussions of Moroccan strata to select new global GSSPs by the International Subcommissions on Ediacaran and Cambrian Stratigraphy have raised the stratigraphic interest in this region. A revised and updated stratigraphic framework is proposed here to assist the tasks of both subcommissions and to fuel future discussions focused on different geological aspects of the Neoproterozoic-Cambrian time span.

  6. The Lower Silurian Osmundsberg K-bentonite. Part I: Stratigraphic position, distribution, and palaeogeographic significance

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    Bergstrom, Stig M.; Huff, W.D.; Kolata, Dennis R.

    1998-01-01

    A large number of Lower Silurian (Llandovery) K-bentonite beds have been recorded from northwestern Europe, particularly in Baltoscandia and the British Isles, but previous attempts to trace single beds regionally have yielded inconclusive results. The present study suggests that based on its unusual thickness, stratigraphic position and trace element geochemistry, one Telychian ash bed, the Osmundsberg K-bentonite, can be recognized at many localities in Estonia, Sweden and Norway and probably also in Scotland and Northern Ireland. This bed, which is up to 115 cm thick, is in the lower-middle turriculatus Zone. The stratigraphic position, thickness variation and geographic distribution of the Osmundsberg K-bentonite are illustrated by means of 12 selected Llandovery successions in Sweden, Estonia, Norway, Denmark, Scotland and Northern Ireland. In Baltoscandia, the Osmundsberg K-bentonite shows a trend of general thickness increase in a western direction suggesting that its source area was located in the northern Iapetus region between Baltica and Laurentia. Because large-magnitude ash falls like the one that produced the Osmundsberg K-bentonite last at most a few weeks, such an ash bed may be used as a unique time-plane for a variety of regional geological and palaeontological studies.

  7. Badenian (Middle Miocene) echinoids and starfish from western Ukraine, and their biogeographic and stratigraphic significance

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Radwa?ski, Andrzej; Górka, Marcin; Wysocka, Anna

    2014-06-01

    Echinoderms from the Badenian (Middle Miocene) of the Fore-Carpathian Basin of western Ukraine are facies restricted. The Mykolaiv Beds, stratigraphically older, yielded the starfish Astropecten forbesi (complete skeletons), two genera of sand dollars (Parascutella, Parmulechinus), and numerous other echinoids of the genera Psammechinus , Echinocyamus, Spatangus, Hemipatagus, Echinocardium, Clypeaster, Echinolampas, and Conolampas. The stratigraphically younger, calcareous Ternopil Beds yielded Eucidaris (complete coronae, isolated spines), Arbacina , Brissus, and Rhabdobrissus. Sixteen species of echinoids are distinguished and/or commented. A new brissid, Rhabdobrissus tarnopolensis sp. nov., is established. A mass occurrence of some species (Psammechinus dubius and Hemipatagus ocellatus) contrasts with that of mass aggregations (sand dollars and Echinocardium leopolitanum) by dynamic events in selected layers of proximal tempestites. Of special note is the occurrence of very small specimens, interpreted as juveniles (`babies') having been swept out of their restricted biotopes (`nurseries'). Some species hitherto regarded as of Early Miocene age, and the problem of their persistence beyond the Fore-Carpathian Basin and/or migration into that basin during the Middle Miocene transgression are discussed.

  8. Cambrian-Ordovician Knox production in Ohio: Three case studies of structural-stratigraphic traps

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    Riley, R.A.; Wicks, J.; Thomas, J.

    2002-01-01

    The Knox Dolomite (Cambrian-Ordovician) in Ohio consists of a mixed carbonate-siliciclastic sequence deposited in a tidal-flat to shallow-marine environment along a broad continental shelf. Knox hydrocarbon production occurs in porous sandstone and dolomite reservoirs in the Copper Ridge dolomite, Rose Run sandstone, and Beekmantown dolomite. In Ohio, historical Knox exploration and development have been focused on paleogeomorphic traps within the prolific Morrow Consolidated field, and more recently, within and adjacent to the Rose Run subcrop. Although these paleogeomorphic traps have yielded significant Knox production, structural and stratigraphic traps are being largely ignored. Three Knox-producing pools demonstrate structural and stratigraphic traps: the Birmingham-Erie pool in southern Erie and southwestern Lorain counties, the South Canaan pool in northern Wayne County, and the East Randolph pool in south-central Portage County. Enhanced porosity and permeability from fractures, as evident in the East Randolph pool, are also an underexplored mechanism for Knox hydrocarbon accumulation. An estimated 800 bcf of gas from undiscovered Knox resources makes the Knox one of the most attractive plays in the Appalachian basin.

  9. Fossil vertebrates from the Pranhita-Godavari Valley (India) and their stratigraphic correlation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jain, Sohan L.; Roychowdhury, Tapan

    Little comprehensive information on Gondwana vertebrates from India is available which enables useful stratigraphic correlations with the world's better known faunas. In this context the Upper Gondwana sequence from the Pranhita-Godavari Valley presents a unique vertebrate faunal record. During the last 25 years, this faunal record has been considerably improved with the discovery of new faunas and better material than earlier records. A Middle Triassic age fauna (Yerrapalli fauna) in the valley consists of two large dicynodonts, two labyrinthodonts, a cynodont, a rhynchosaur, and a saurichthyid fish. In many respects this fauna is comparable to the Middle Triassic Manda beds of Tanzania. An Upper Triassic fauna (Maleri fauna) is represented by a labyrinthodont (Metoposaurus), a rhynchosaur (Paradapedon), a parasuchid (Parasuchus), a cynodont (Exaeretodon), and a protorosaur (Malerisaurus). In addition, fishes are represented by dipnoans and xenacanths. This fauna is comparable to several well-documented Upper Triassic faunas elsewhere. Another fauna (Dharmaram fauna), which may be Upper Norian to Rhaetian in age, has been found (but not described) that includes at least two prosauropods (a plateosaurid and a thecodondotosaurid) and at least two more archosaurs. This fauna is comparable to a Rhaetic fauna. An Early Jurassic fauna (Kota fauna) includes a large sauropod (Barapasaurus) a pterosaur (Compylognathoides), a? teleosaurid crocodile, and a few symmetrodont mammals besides a number of piscine members (Lepidotes, Paradapedium, Tetragonolepis, Indocoelacanthus and Pholidophorus). The presence of four distinct faunas from the Pranhita-Godavari Valley has suggested possibilities of meaningful stratigraphic correlations.

  10. Global Snow Mass Measurements and the Effect of Stratigraphic Detail on Inversion of Microwave Brightness Temperatures

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Richardson, Mark; Davenport, Ian; Gurney, Robert

    2014-05-01

    Snow provides large seasonal storage of freshwater, and information about the distribution of snow mass as snow water equivalent (SWE) is important for hydrological planning and detecting climate change impacts. Large regional disagreements remain between estimates from reanalyses, remote sensing and modelling. Assimilating passive microwave information improves SWE estimates in many regions, but the assimilation must account for how microwave scattering depends on snow stratigraphy. Physical snow models can estimate snow stratigraphy, but users must consider the computational expense of model complexity versus acceptable errors. Using data from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Cold Land Processes Experiment and the Helsinki University of Technology microwave emission model of layered snowpacks, it is shown that simulations of the brightness temperature difference between 19 and 37 GHz vertically polarised microwaves are consistent with advanced microwave scanning radiometer-earth observing system and special sensor microwave imager retrievals once known stratigraphic information is used. Simulated brightness temperature differences for an individual snow profile depend on the provided stratigraphic detail. Relative to a profile defined at the 10-cm resolution of density and temperature measurements, the error introduced by simplification to a single layer of average properties increases approximately linearly with snow mass. If this brightness temperature error is converted into SWE using a traditional retrieval method, then it is equivalent to ±13 mm SWE (7 % of total) at a depth of 100 cm. This error is reduced to ±5.6 mm SWE (3 % of total) for a two-layer model.

  11. Spheroidal carbonaceous fly ash particles provide a globally synchronous stratigraphic marker for the Anthropocene.

    PubMed

    Rose, Neil L

    2015-04-01

    Human impacts on Earth are now so great that they have led to the concept of a new geological epoch defined by this global human influence: the Anthropocene. While not universally accepted, the term is increasingly popular and widely used. However, even among proponents, there is considerable debate regarding when the epoch may have started, from coeval with the Holocene, through the Industrial Revolution, to the mid-20th century when unprecedented human activities resulted in exponential increases in population, resource consumption, and pollutant emission. Recently, this latter period, known as the Great Acceleration, appears to be becoming the more widely accepted start date. To define any start point, a global stratigraphic marker or Global Boundary Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP) is typically required. Here, spheroidal carbonaceous fly ash particles (SCPs), byproducts of industrial fossil-fuel combustion, are proposed as a primary marker for a GSSP at the time of the Great Acceleration. Data from over 75 lake sediment records show a global, synchronous, and dramatic increase in particle accumulation starting in c. 1950 driven by the increased demand for electricity and the introduction of fuel-oil combustion, in addition to coal, as a means to produce it. SCPs are morphologically distinct and solely anthropogenic in origin, providing an unambiguous marker. This is a clear signal of great stratigraphic utility representing a primary driving force for global anthropogenic change. PMID:25790111

  12. 14C dating of the Early to Late Bronze Age stratigraphic sequence of Aegina Kolonna, Greece

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wild, E. M.; Gauß, W.; Forstenpointner, G.; Lindblom, M.; Smetana, R.; Steier, P.; Thanheiser, U.; Weninger, F.

    2010-04-01

    Aegina Kolonna, located in the center of the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Mediterranean (Greece), is one of the major archaeological sites of the Aegean Bronze Age with a continuous stratigraphic settlement sequence from the Late Neolithic to the Late Bronze Age. Due to its position next to the maritime cross roads between central mainland Greece, the northeast Peloponnese, the Cyclades and Crete, the island played an important role in the trade between these regions. In the course of new excavations, which focused on the exploration of the Early, Middle and Late Bronze Age at Kolonna, several short lived samples from different settlement phases have been 14C-dated with the AMS method at the VERA laboratory. Bayesian sequencing of the 14C data according to the stratigraphic position of the samples in the profile was performed to enable estimates of the transition time between the cultural phases. The Aegina Kolonna 14C sequence is one of the longest existing so far for the Aegean Bronze Age, and therefore of major importance for the absolute Bronze Age chronology in this region. Preliminary results indicate that the Middle Helladic period seems to have started earlier and lasted longer than traditionally assumed. Further, at the present stage of our investigation we can give also a very tentative time frame for the Santorini volcanic eruption which seems to be in agreement with the science derived VDL date.

  13. The offshore record of variable Cenozoic sediment flux from Western Scandinavia

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    Goledowski, B.; Nielsen, S. B.; Calusen, O. R.

    2009-04-01

    The rates of sediment input to the North Sea and the Norwegian Shelf varied significantly during the Cenozoic. During Paleocene and Eocene times The Shetland Platform and Scottish Highlands were the main sediment sources, while with the onset of the Oligocene more sediment was coming from the Scandinavian shield (Millennium Atlas). In general, the western Scandinavian sediment production rate increased from south to north, with more than 500m of Oligocene deposits in the central and eastern North Sea (Huuse et al., 2001) to as much as 2000m of Pliocene deposits in the Møre basin (Dehls et al., 2002). This is believed mainly to be a consequence of varying erosion rates and/or changes in sediment catchments in Western Scandinavia. This has previously been interpreted in terms of variable tectonic uplift of the area caused by a hitherto unknown tectonic agent; Neither crustal shortening and thickening or magmatic underplating onshore, as well as other plate tectonic mechanisms, are compatible with observations. A dense grid of seismic data and well logs from numerous boreholes in the research area allow to estimate the rate of deposition of matrix mass and to localize main areas of sediment outpour as a function of time. Here we present semi-quantitative maps of sediment flux from western Scandinavia during subsequent epochs of the Cenozoic and discuss possible explanations. After a warm and ice-free Cretaceous period, the climate remained mild during Paleocene and Eocene times. On the Eocene-Oligocene greenhouse-icehouse transition the sediment yield of the Scandinavian shield increased. Furthermore, recent results (Heilmann-Clausen and van Simayes, 2005; Nielsen et al., 2008; Sliwinska et al., 2008) show a correlation between climate fluctuations and sequence stratigraphic surfaces and lithological changes in the North Sea. Based on this evidence we suggest that a rapid cooling at the beginning of Oligocene (Oi-1 glaciation, Zachos et al., 2001) changed the erosional regime in western Scandianvia from fluvial (which is inefficient in tectonically stable settings, regardless of the amount of precipitation - Von Blanckenburg, 2005) to glacial. As, furthermore, glacial erosion (the glacial "buzzsaw" Mitchell and Montgomery, 2006; Brozovic et al., 1997; Pedersen et al, 2008) and periglacial processes (Anderson, 2002) are known to possess the potential for producing characteristic low-relief accordant landscapes at high elevation, this hypothesis also provides and alternative to understanding flattish landscape elements in the western Scandinavian highlands, which conventionally have been explained as remnants of uplifted peneplains previously graded to sea level (the Davisian cyclic landscape evolution model). Therefore, given the Eocene-Oligocene greenhouse-icehouse transition, which must have increased the importance of glacial and periglacial erosion and transport processes in the highlands of western Scandinavia, a hypothesis of climate control on erosional and depositional history of western Scandinavia and adjacent sedimentary basins emerges. This hypothesis is to be tested using the present results. Estimation of offshore matrix mass will be the basis for reconstruction of the development of source areas with use of mathematical models of landscape evolution.

  14. United States Offshore Wind Resource Assessment

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    Schwartz, M.; Haymes, S.; Heimiller, D.

    2008-12-01

    The utilization of the offshore wind resource will be necessary if the United States is to meet the goal of having 20% of its electricity generated by wind power because many of the electrical load centers in the country are located along the coastlines. The United States Department of Energy, through its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has supported an ongoing project to assess the wind resource for the offshore regions of the contiguous United States including the Great Lakes. Final offshore maps with a horizontal resolution of 200 meters (m) have been completed for Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, northern New England, and the Great Lakes. The ocean wind resource maps extend from the coastline to 50 nautical miles (nm) offshore. The Great Lake maps show the resource for all of the individual lakes. These maps depict the wind resource at 50 m above the water as classes of wind power density. Class 1 represents the lowest available wind resource, while Class 7 is the highest resource. Areas with Class 5 and higher wind resource can be economical for offshore project development. As offshore wind turbine technology improves, areas with Class 4 and higher resource should become economically viable. The wind resource maps are generated using output from a modified numerical weather prediction model combined with a wind flow model. The preliminary modeling is performed by AWS Truewind under subcontract to NREL. The preliminary model estimates are sent to NREL to be validated. NREL validates the preliminary estimates by comparing 50 m model data to available measurements that are extrapolated to 50 m. The validation results are used to modify the preliminary map and produce the final resource map. The sources of offshore wind measurement data include buoys, automated stations, lighthouses, and satellite- derived ocean wind speed data. The wind electric potential is represented as Megawatts (MW) of potential installed capacity and is based on the square kilometers (sq. km) of Class 5 and higher wind resource found in a specific region. NREL uses a factor of 5 MW of installed capacity per sq. km of "windy water" for its raw electric potential calculations. NREL uses Geographic Information System data to break down the offshore wind potential by state, water depth, and distance from shore. The wind potential estimates are based on the updated maps, and on previous offshore resource information for regions where new maps are not available. The estimates are updated as new maps are completed. For example, the updated Texas offshore map shows almost 3000 sq. km of Class 5 resource within 10 nm of shore and nearly 2000 sq. km of Class 5 resource or 10,000 MW of potential installed capacity in water depths of less than 30 m. NREL plans to develop exclusion criteria to further refine the offshore wind potential

  15. Eolian Dune, interdune, sand sheet, and Siliciclastic Sabkha sediments of an offshore prograding Sand Sea, Dhahran Area, Saudi Arabia

    SciTech Connect

    Fryberger, S.G.; Al-Sari, A.M.; Clisham, T.J.

    1983-02-01

    An offshore prograding sand sea exists along portions of the Arabian Gulf coastline near Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. In this region, sediments of eolian dune, interdune, sand sheet, and siliciclastic sabkha intercalate with marine deposits. This depositional setting is characterized by strong offshore winds which supply abundant sand to the coastline, and cause at present time the outbuilding of the dune system. This quartz-detrital dominant setting contrasts markedly with the carbonate dominant setting resulting from onshore winds in the Trucial Coast area to the south. The broad intercalation of eolian and marine deposits which results creates ideal potential for subregional stratigraphic petroleum traps, due to pinch-out of porous and permeable dune sands into impermeable marine mudstones. Within the eolian system itself are potential reservoir rocks, sources, (organic-rich sabkha and interdune deposits), and seals (zones of early cementation in all deposits). Early cementation is very common in all facies of the eolian sand sea. The early cementation occurs owing to (1) soil formation, (2) deposition of pore-filling gypsiferous cements from saturated solutions near water table, and (3) addition of sand-size windblown evaporitic material to sands downwind of sabkhas.

  16. Stratigraphic and structural evolution of the Selenga Delta Accommodation Zone, Lake Baikal Rift, Siberia

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    Scholz, C.A.; Hutchinson, D.R.

    2000-01-01

    Seismic reflection profiles from the Lake Baikal Rift reveal extensive details about the sediment thickness, structural geometry and history of extensional deformation and syn-rift sedimentation in this classic continental rift. The Selenga River is the largest single source of terrigenous input into Lake Baikal, and its large delta sits astride the major accommodation zone between the Central and South basins of the lake. Incorporating one of the world's largest lacustrine deltas, this depositional system is a classic example of the influence of rift basin structural segmentation on a major continental drainage. More than 3700?km of deep basin-scale multi-channel seismic reflection (MCS) data were acquired during the 1989 Russian and the 1992 Russian–American field programs. The seismic data image most of the sedimentary section, including pre-rift basement in several localities. The MCS data reveal that the broad bathymetric saddle between these two major half-graben basins is underlain by a complex of severely deformed basement blocks, and is not simply a consequence of long-term deltaic deposition. Maximum sediment thickness is estimated to be more than 9?km in some areas around the Selenga Delta. Detailed stratigraphic analyses of the Selenga area MCS data suggest that modes of deposition have shifted markedly during the history of the delta. The present mode of gravity- and mass-flow sedimentation that dominates the northern and southern parts of the modern delta, as well as the pronounced bathymetric relief in the area, are relatively recent developments in the history of the Lake Baikal Rift. Several episodes of major delta progradation, each extending far across the modern rift, can be documented in the MCS data. The stratigraphic framework defined by these prograding deltaic sequences can be used to constrain the structural as well as depositional evolution of this part of the Baikal Rift. An age model has been established for this stratigraphy, by tying the delta sequences to the site of the Baikal Drilling Project 1993 Drill Hole. Although the drill hole is only 100?m deep, and the base of the cores is only ?670?ka in age, ages were extrapolated to deeper stratigraphic intervals using the Reflection-Seismic-Radiocarbon method of Cohen et al. (1993). The deep prograding delta sequences now observed in the MCS data probably formed in response to major fluctuations in sediment supply, rather than in response to shifts in lake level. This stratigraphic framework and age model suggest that the deep delta packages developed at intervals of approximately 400?ka and may have formed as a consequence of climate changes affiliated with the northern hemisphere glaciations. The stratigraphic analysis also suggests that the Selenga Basin and Syncline developed as a distinct depocentre only during the past ?2–3?Ma.

  17. Stratigraphy of Aeolis Dorsa, Mars: Stratigraphic context of the great river deposits

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    Kite, Edwin S.; Howard, Alan D.; Lucas, Antoine S.; Armstrong, John C.; Aharonson, Oded; Lamb, Michael P.

    2015-06-01

    Unraveling the stratigraphic record is the key to understanding ancient climate and past climate changes on Mars (Grotzinger, J. et al. [2011]. Astrobiology 11, 77-87). Stratigraphic records of river deposits hold particular promise because rain or snowmelt must exceed infiltration plus evaporation to allow sediment transport by rivers. Therefore, river deposits when placed in stratigraphic order could constrain the number, magnitudes, and durations of the wettest (and presumably most habitable) climates in Mars history. We use crosscutting relationships to establish the stratigraphic context of river and alluvial-fan deposits in the Aeolis Dorsa sedimentary basin, 10°E of Gale crater. At Aeolis Dorsa, wind erosion has exhumed a stratigraphic section of sedimentary rocks consisting of at least four unconformity-bounded rock packages, recording three or more distinct episodes of surface runoff. Early deposits (>700 m thick) are embayed by river deposits (>400 m thick), which are in turn unconformably draped by fan-shaped deposits (<100 m thick) which we interpret as alluvial fans. Yardang-forming layered deposits (>900 m thick) unconformably drape all previous deposits. River deposits embay a dissected landscape formed of sedimentary rock. The river deposits are eroding out of at least two distinguishable units. There is evidence for pulses of erosion during the interval of river deposition. The total interval spanned by river deposits is >(1 × 106-2 × 107) yr, and this is extended if we include alluvial-fan deposits. Alluvial-fan deposits unconformably postdate thrust faults which crosscut the river deposits. This relationship suggests a relatively dry interval of >4 × 107 yr after the river deposits formed and before the fan-shaped deposits formed, based on probability arguments. Yardang-forming layered deposits unconformably postdate all of the earlier deposits. They contain rhythmite and their induration suggests a damp or wet (near-) surface environment. The time gap between the end of river deposition and the onset of yardang-forming layered deposits is constrained to >1 × 108 yr by the high density of impact craters embedded at the unconformity. The time gap between the end of alluvial-fan deposition and the onset of yardang-forming layered deposits was at least long enough for wind-induced saltation abrasion to erode 20-30 m into the alluvial-fan deposits. We correlate the yardang-forming layered deposits to the upper layers of Gale crater's mound (Mt. Sharp/Aeolis Mons), and the fan-shaped deposits to Peace Vallis fan in Gale crater. Alternations between periods of low mean obliquity and periods of high mean obliquity may have modulated erosion-deposition cycling in Aeolis. This is consistent with the results from an ensemble of simulations of Solar System orbital evolution and the resulting history of the obliquity of Mars. 57 of our 61 simulations produce one or more intervals of continuously low mean Mars obliquity that are long enough to match our Aeolis Dorsa unconformity data.

  18. Stratigraphic architecture and gamma ray logs of deeper ramp carbonates (Upper Jurassic, SW Germany)

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    Pawellek, T.; Aigner, T.

    2003-07-01

    The objective of this paper is to contribute to the development of sequence stratigraphic models for extensive epicontinental carbonate systems deposited over cratonic areas. Epicontinental carbonates of the SW German Upper Jurassic were analysed in terms of microfacies, sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy based on 2.5 km of core, 70 borehole gamma ray logs and 24 quarries. Facies analysis revealed six major facies belts across the deeper parts of the carbonate ramp, situated generally below fair-weather wave base, and mostly below average storm wave base but in the reach of occasional storm events. Observed stratigraphic patterns differ in some aspects from widely published sequence stratigraphic models: Elementary sedimentary cycles are mostly more or less symmetrical and are, thus, referred to as "genetic sequences" or "genetic units" [AAAPG Bull. 55 (1971) 1137; Frazier, D.E., 1974. Depositional episodes: their relationship to the Quaternary stratigraphic framework in the northwestern portion of the Gulf Basin. University of Texas, Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology Geologicalo Circular 71-1; AAPG Bull. 73 (1989) 125; Galloway, W.E., Hobday, D.K., 1996. Terrigenous Clastic Depositional Systems. 489 pp., Springer; Cross, T.A., Baker, M.R., Chapin, M.S., Clark, M.S., Gardner, M.H., Hanson, M.S., Lessenger, M.A., Little, L.D., McDonough, K.J., Sonnenfeld, M.D., Valasek, D.W., Williams, M.R., Witter, D.N., 1993. Applications of high-resolution sequence stratigraphy to reservoir analysis. Edition Technip 1993, 11-33; Bull. Cent. Rech. Explor. Prod. Elf-Aquitaine 16 (1992) 357; Homewood, P., Mauriaud, P., Lafont, F., 2000. Best practices in sequence stratigraphy. Elf EP Mem. 25, 81 pp.; Homewood, P., Eberli, G.P., 2000. Genetic stratigraphy on the exploration and production scales. Elf EP Mem. 24, 290 pp.], in contrast to the asymmetrical, shallowing-upward "parasequences" of the EXXON approach. Neither sequence boundaries nor maximum flooding surfaces could be clearly delineated. Cycle boundaries are generally not represented by sharp stratal surfaces but are always transitional and, thus, referred to as "turnarounds" [Nor. Pet. Soc. Spec. Publ. 8 (1998) 171]. Several types of genetic sequences were delineated. Both major types of facies and sequences show characteristic gamma ray log signatures. Based on the cycle stacking and the gamma ray patterns, a hierarchy of sequences was recognized, probably driven in part by 100,000- and 400,000-year Milankovitch signals. The cyclicity allowed regional correlations across various depositional environments such as sponge-microbial bioherms and coeval basins. The basin-wide correlation revealed evidence for a subtle clinoform-type stratigraphic architecture along very gentle slopes, rather than a so far assumed simple "layer cake" pattern.

  19. UV light process cleans water from offshore UK gas field

    SciTech Connect

    1996-02-01

    British Gas has developed and installed on onshore treatment plant at Easington on the East Coast of England to process produced water from Amethyst natural gas field located some 20 miles offshore. The new system uses the ultraviolet/ozone (UV/Ozone) process, as described here. Test-rig studies demonstrate the process for other production chemicals and naturally occurring substances that may be subject to discharge constraints in environmentally sensitive areas. For example, the process has removed mono- and poly-aromatic hydrocarbons to low levels. Further work at test-rig and pilot-plant scale will permit the process to be extended to other contaminated waters, both from natural gas production and contaminated inland sites, and will ensure that economic, integrated treatment schemes are in place when needed by British Gas.

  20. Stratigraphic sections showing coal correlations within the lower coal zone of the Paleocene Fort Union Formation, Fillmore Ranch and Seaverson Reservoir quadrangles, Carbon County, Wyoming

    SciTech Connect

    Honey, J.G.; Hettinger, R.D.

    1989-01-01

    Stratigraphic sections showing coal correlations within the lower coal zone of the Paleocene Fort Union Formation, Fillmore Ranch and Seaverson Reservoir quadrangles, Carbon County, Wyoming are presented.

  1. Seismic model study of Patrick Draw field, Wyoming: a stratigraphic trap in the Upper Cretaceous Almond Formation

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Anderson, Robert C.; Ryder, Robert T.

    1978-01-01

    The Patrick Draw field, located on the eastern flank of the Rock Springs uplift in the Washakie basin of southwestern Wyoming, was discovered in 1959 without the use of geophysical methods. The field is a classic example of a stratigraphic trap, where Upper Cretaceous porous sandstone units pinch out on a structural nose. Two-dimensional seismic modeling was used to construct the seismic waveform expressions of the Patrick Draw field, and to better understand how to explore for other 'Patrick Draw' fields. Interpretation of the model shows that the detection of the reservoir sand is very difficult, owing to a combination of acoustic contrasts and bed thickness. Because the model included other major stratigraphic units in the subsurface, several stratigraphic traps are suggested as potential exploration targets.

  2. Divergent evolutionary processes associated with colonization of offshore islands.

    PubMed

    Martínková, Natália; Barnett, Ross; Cucchi, Thomas; Struchen, Rahel; Pascal, Marine; Pascal, Michel; Fischer, Martin C; Higham, Thomas; Brace, Selina; Ho, Simon Y W; Quéré, Jean-Pierre; O'Higgins, Paul; Excoffier, Laurent; Heckel, Gerald; Hoelzel, A Rus; Dobney, Keith M; Searle, Jeremy B

    2013-10-01

    Oceanic islands have been a test ground for evolutionary theory, but here, we focus on the possibilities for evolutionary study created by offshore islands. These can be colonized through various means and by a wide range of species, including those with low dispersal capabilities. We use morphology, modern and ancient sequences of cytochrome b (cytb) and microsatellite genotypes to examine colonization history and evolutionary change associated with occupation of the Orkney archipelago by the common vole (Microtus arvalis), a species found in continental Europe but not in Britain. Among possible colonization scenarios, our results are most consistent with human introduction at least 5100 bp (confirmed by radiocarbon dating). We used approximate Bayesian computation of population history to infer the coast of Belgium as the possible source and estimated the evolutionary timescale using a Bayesian coalescent approach. We showed substantial morphological divergence of the island populations, including a size increase presumably driven by selection and reduced microsatellite variation likely reflecting founder events and genetic drift. More surprisingly, our results suggest that a recent and widespread cytb replacement event in the continental source area purged cytb variation there, whereas the ancestral diversity is largely retained in the colonized islands as a genetic 'ark'. The replacement event in the continental M. arvalis was probably triggered by anthropogenic causes (land-use change). Our studies illustrate that small offshore islands can act as field laboratories for studying various evolutionary processes over relatively short timescales, informing about the mainland source area as well as the island. PMID:23998800

  3. SKS Splitting from Ocean Bottom Seismometer Data Offshore Southern California

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ramsay, J.; Kohler, M. D.; Davis, P. M.; Weeraratne, D. S.

    2014-12-01

    SKS arrivals from ocean bottom seismometer (OBS) data of the ALBACOREexperiment offshore Southern California are analyzed for shear wave splitting. The ALBACORE (Asthenospheric and Lithospheric Broadband Architecture from the California Offshore Region Experiment) project involved deployment of 34 OBSs for 12 months in a region extending up to 500 kilometers west onto the oceanic Pacific plate. Splitting fast directions are similar to on-land directions, WSW-ENE, and exhibit similar delays, 1.1-1.4 seconds. A numerical method to remove S-wave interference with SKKS arrivals by f-k velocity filtering is tested with synthetic and the observed OBS data. The fast directions are at 45 degrees to the direction of absolute plate motion (APM) of the Pacific plate suggesting that either frozen-in anisotropy from paleo-spreading dominates over APM effects in the asthenosphere or that deeper mantle shearing has occurred unrelated to APM. A toroidal flow around slab rollback would be consistent with the splitting results if the slab rollback resulted in large-scale secondary flow well into Pacific plate, or if the source of the splitting extended much deeper than 200 km.

  4. 31 CFR 593.406 - Offshore transactions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 31 Money and Finance:Treasury 3 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Offshore transactions. 593.406 Section 593.406 Money and Finance: Treasury Regulations Relating to Money and Finance (Continued) OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY FORMER LIBERIAN REGIME OF CHARLES TAYLOR...

  5. Accord near for offshore California oil shipments

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1993-02-15

    There are faint glimmers of hope again for offshore California operators. After more than a decade of often bitter strife over offshore oil and gas development and transportation issues, state officials and oil producers may be moving toward compromise solutions. One such solution may be forthcoming on offshore development. But the real change came with the turnabout of the California Coastal Commission (CCC), which last month approved a permit for interim tankering of crude from Point Arguello oil field in the Santa Barbara Channel to Los Angeles. The dispute over how to ship offshore California crude to market has dragged on since before Point Arguelo development plans were unveiled. The project's status has become a flashpoint in the U.S. debate over resource use and environmental concerns. The controversy flared anew in the wake of the 1989 Exxon Valdez tanker spill off Alaska, when CCC voided a Santa Barbara County permit for interim tankering, a move project operator Chevron Corp. linked to the Exxon Valdez accident. Faced with litigation, the state's economic devastation, and acrimonious debate over transporting California crude, Gov. Pete Wilson and other agencies approved the CCC permit. But there's a catch: A permanent pipeline must be built to handle full production within 3 years. The paper discusses permit concerns, the turnaround decision, the anger of environmental groups, and pipeline proposals.

  6. 31 CFR 543.406 - Offshore transactions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 31 Money and Finance: Treasury 3 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Offshore transactions. 543.406 Section 543.406 Money and Finance: Treasury Regulations Relating to Money and Finance (Continued) OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY CôTE D'IVOIRE SANCTIONS...

  7. 31 CFR 593.406 - Offshore transactions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 31 Money and Finance:Treasury 3 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Offshore transactions. 593.406 Section 593.406 Money and Finance: Treasury Regulations Relating to Money and Finance (Continued) OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY FORMER LIBERIAN REGIME OF CHARLES TAYLOR...

  8. Human Rights, Academic Freedom, and Offshore Academics

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Ross, Andrew

    2011-01-01

    Despite the carnage wrought on higher education by the Great Recession, evidence persists that the sector is still host to a speculator psychology. One example is the unabated stampede to set up branches and programs overseas. Colleges have many reasons to go offshore: (1) to reduce costs; (2) to build their "brands" in "emerging markets"; and (3)…

  9. Offshore Investments by Colleges Draw Scrutiny

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Fain, Paul; Wolverton, Brad

    2007-01-01

    Billions of dollars in untaxed, offshore investments by college endowments could be subject to taxation under a proposal being considered by the leaders of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. The proposed change, which targets hedge funds, a popular investing strategy for many colleges, would affect the largest college endowments, including those…

  10. 31 CFR 593.406 - Offshore transactions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 31 Money and Finance: Treasury 3 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Offshore transactions. 593.406 Section 593.406 Money and Finance: Treasury Regulations Relating to Money and Finance (Continued) OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY FORMER LIBERIAN REGIME OF CHARLES...

  11. 31 CFR 593.406 - Offshore transactions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 31 Money and Finance:Treasury 3 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Offshore transactions. 593.406 Section 593.406 Money and Finance: Treasury Regulations Relating to Money and Finance (Continued) OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY FORMER LIBERIAN REGIME OF CHARLES TAYLOR...

  12. 31 CFR 593.406 - Offshore transactions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 31 Money and Finance:Treasury 3 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Offshore transactions. 593.406 Section 593.406 Money and Finance: Treasury Regulations Relating to Money and Finance (Continued) OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY FORMER LIBERIAN REGIME OF CHARLES TAYLOR...

  13. Planning and evaluation parameters for offshore complexes

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Sincoff, M. Z. (editor); Dajani, J. S. (editor)

    1976-01-01

    Issues are presented for consideration in the planning and design of offshore artificial complexes. The construction of such complexes, their social, economic, and ecological impacts, and the legal-political-institutional environments within which their development could occur, are discussed. Planning, design, and construction of near-shore complexes located off the Mid-Atlantic coast of the United States is emphasized.

  14. 31 CFR 541.406 - Offshore transactions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 31 Money and Finance:Treasury 3 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Offshore transactions. 541.406 Section 541.406 Money and Finance: Treasury Regulations Relating to Money and Finance (Continued) OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY ZIMBABWE SANCTIONS REGULATIONS Interpretations §...

  15. CHOOSING OFFSHORE PIPELINE ROUTES: PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report discusses the environmental and fisheries problems associated with offshore pipelines. The report focuses on how these problems can be addressed during the pipeline planning and route selection process. Geologic hazards are highlighted as the major factors related to p...

  16. CHAPTER SIX: OFFSHORE DREDGING AND DISPOSAL Introduction

    E-print Network

    1995 and 2005, the Minerals Management Service (MMS), which oversees offshore mineral extractions) for beach nourishment projects (MMS 2005a). The OCS is defined as an area between the seaward extent of states' jurisdiction and the seaward extent of federal jurisdiction. Currently, the MMS, in partnership

  17. Solar power satellite offshore rectenna study

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1980-01-01

    It was found that an offshore rectenna is feasible and cost competitive with land rectennas but that the type of rectenna which is suitable for offshore use is quite different from that specified in the present reference system. The result is a nonground plane design which minimizes the weight and greatly reduces the number of costly support towers. This preferred design is an antenna array consisting of individually encapsulated dipoles with reflectors supported on feed wires. Such a 5 GW rectenna could be built at a 50 m water depth site to withstand hurricane and icing conditions for a one time cost of 5.7 billion dollars. Subsequent units would be about 1/3 less expensive. The east coast site chosen for this study represents an extreme case of severe environmental conditions. More benign and more shallow water sites would result in lower costs. Secondary uses such as mariculture appear practical with only minor impact on the rectenna design. The potential advantages of an offshore rectenna, such as no land requirements, removal of microwave radiation from populated areas and minimal impact on the local geopolitics argue strongly that further investigation of the offshore rectenna should be vigorously pursued.

  18. Rocky and Sandy Seafloor Offshore California

    USGS Multimedia Gallery

    Image of ripples in sand, next to a rocky surface on the seafloor 2.5 km (1.5 miles) offshore San Mateo County, California at a depth of 24.6 meters (81 feet). The two red dots in the image (from lasers mounted on the camera and used as reference points) are 15 cm (6 inches) apa...

  19. Sea Stars Underwater Offshore Northern California

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    Three sea stars on a rock, surrounded by a sandy seafloor littered with broken shells. Each sea star is approx. 10 - 15 cm (4-6 inches) across. Image acquired 4.5 km (3 miles) offshore Pigeon Point, southern San Mateo County, California at a depth of 52 meters....

  20. Fish Swimming Underwater Offshore Northern California

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    A kelp greenling fish swimming above a seafloor of mixed gravel, cobble and rock outcrop with scattered shell. Fish is approx. 20 cm (8 inches) long. Image acquired 1 km (0.62 miles) offshore Half Moon Bay, California at a depth of 14 meters (46 ft). Also in the image are encrusting sponge...

  1. Cut drydocking costs for offshore rigs

    SciTech Connect

    Albaugh, E.K.

    1985-07-01

    Heavy-lift transport vessels (HLVs) can provide an economic alternative to the conventional shipyard approach of drydocking mobile offshore rigs for regulatory body inspections and/or repairs. Contractors now can drydock rigs in areas of the world where conventional drydocks are unavailable. This article discusses pros and cons of conventional shipyard drydocking and the HLV approach.

  2. Mari Voldsund Exergy analysis of offshore

    E-print Network

    Kjelstrup, Signe

    Mari Voldsund Exergy analysis of offshore oil and gas processing Doctoral thesis for the degree-supervisor, and he is thanked for teaching me exergy analysis, for backing me up through the work on this thesis. All members of the "NTNU exergy interest group" are thanked for valuable input and inspiration, while

  3. Quantitative simulation on the retrogradational sequence stratigraphic pattern in intra-cratonic basins using physical tank experiment and numerical simulation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhu, Hongtao; Liu, Qianghu; Liu, Zhongbao

    2013-04-01

    A well studied intra-cratonic sedimentary sequence, the Lower Permian Shanxi Formation in the Ordos Basin, northern China, is characterized by a typical back-stepping or source-ward retrogradational stratigraphic stacking pattern and can be used to illustrate the conceptual sequence stratigraphic model developed for intra-cratonic siliciclastic sedimentary basins. Based on the basic geological parameters (initial topography, lake-level curve, and sediment supply) originated from the Lower Permian Shanxi Formation of the Ordos Basin, we simulated quantitatively and validated the source-ward retrogradational sequence stratigraphic pattern of intra-cartonic siliciclastic basin, and demonstrated the use of numerical simulation to replicate and extend a particular flume experiment. In Run 1 (SQ1) the result of numerical simulation was characterized by the fan-shaped distribution, Sequence SQ2 retrograded landwards and overlaid the deposits of Sequence SQ1 after Run 2, and Sequence SQ3 retrograded further landwards and overlaid the deposits of Sequence SQ2 after Run 3. The simulation results indicated that fan-shaped deposits of Sequences SQ1, SQ2, and SQ3 retrograded sequentially landwards. The sediment distribution of three sequences in the numerical simulation is in accordance with the deposits observed in the physical experiment. The simulated sequence stratigraphic pattern of three sequences also matches that from the geological model quite well. The proposed sequence stratigraphic pattern for the intra-cratonic basin should serve as a useful reference for the interpretation of sequence stratigraphic framework and stacking patterns, and the prediction of the distribution of potential reservoir sandbodies within such basins.

  4. The Application of Terrestrial LiDAR in High Resolution Stratigraphic Modeling of Khuff Carbonates, Central Saudi Arabia

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Osman, Mutasim; Abdullatif, Osman

    2015-04-01

    Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR) is a new technique that has been used recently for the geological modeling. The outcrop analog studies have been utilized to overcome the limitation in the data and techniques that obtained from the subsurface and the seismic investigations. In this study we conducted a digital outcrop model for Upper Khartam Member of Khuff Formation in Central Saudi Arabia. This outcrop is equivalent to the gas producing upper khuff reservoir in the subsurface. This study integrates high resolution sedimentological and stratigraphic description and measurements at outcrop scale with terrestrial LiDAR data. This work explains all stages of LiDAR application from field data acquisition, processing, analysis and interpretation. Sedimentological and stratigraphical investigations were carried out in the outcrop and four stratigraphic sections were described and logged. Detailed laboratory analyses included thin section petrography, porosity and permeability measurements. The sedimentological and stratigraphic investigations revealed that the composite sequence of Upper Khartam Member comprises of 6 lithofacies associations. These lithofacies were deposited into the following environments: 1) ravinement marine transgression, 2) foreshoal, and 3) shoal complex. The high resolution stratigraphic analysis indicates that the Upper Khartam Member consists of three high frequency sequences (HFSs) those are from bottom to top HFS-1, HFS-2 and HFS-3. The digital modeling allows accurate sedimentological, structural and statistical measurements of lithofacies. The digital model was integrated with stratigraphical field data which allowed better visualization of vertical and lateral lithofacies continuity and architecture of the strata at outcrop scale. The integration of the results of this work with subsurface data might help to provide better understanding and prediction of Khuff reservoir quality in the subsurface.

  5. Mapping Seabird Sensitivity to Offshore Wind Farms

    PubMed Central

    Bradbury, Gareth; Trinder, Mark; Furness, Bob; Banks, Alex N.; Caldow, Richard W. G.; Hume, Duncan

    2014-01-01

    We present a Geographic Information System (GIS) tool, SeaMaST (Seabird Mapping and Sensitivity Tool), to provide evidence on the use of sea areas by seabirds and inshore waterbirds in English territorial waters, mapping their relative sensitivity to offshore wind farms. SeaMaST is a freely available evidence source for use by all connected to the offshore wind industry and will assist statutory agencies in assessing potential risks to seabird populations from planned developments. Data were compiled from offshore boat and aerial observer surveys spanning the period 1979–2012. The data were analysed using distance analysis and Density Surface Modelling to produce predicted bird densities across a grid covering English territorial waters at a resolution of 3 km×3 km. Coefficients of Variation were estimated for each grid cell density, as an indication of confidence in predictions. Offshore wind farm sensitivity scores were compiled for seabird species using English territorial waters. The comparative risks to each species of collision with turbines and displacement from operational turbines were reviewed and scored separately, and the scores were multiplied by the bird density estimates to produce relative sensitivity maps. The sensitivity maps reflected well the amassed distributions of the most sensitive species. SeaMaST is an important new tool for assessing potential impacts on seabird populations from offshore development at a time when multiple large areas of development are proposed which overlap with many seabird species’ ranges. It will inform marine spatial planning as well as identifying priority areas of sea usage by marine birds. Example SeaMaST outputs are presented. PMID:25210739

  6. Digital tabulation of stratigraphic data from oil and gas wells in Cuyama Valley and surrounding areas, central California

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    Sweetkind, Donald S.; Bova, Shiera C.; Langenheim, V.E.; Shumaker, Lauren E.; Scheirer, Daniel S.

    2013-01-01

    Stratigraphic information from 391 oil and gas exploration wells from Cuyama Valley, California, and surrounding areas are herein compiled in digital form from reports that were released originally in paper form. The Cuyama Basin is located within the southeasternmost part of the Coast Ranges and north of the western Transverse Ranges, west of the San Andreas fault. Knowledge of the location and elevation of stratigraphic tops of formations throughout the basin is a first step toward understanding depositional trends and the structural evolution of the basin through time, and helps in understanding the slip history and partitioning of slip on San Andreas and related faults.

  7. Stratigraphic framework of Holocene volcaniclastic deposits, Akutan Volcano, east-central Aleutian Islands, Alaska

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    Waythomas, C.F.

    1999-01-01

    Akutan Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in the Aleutian arc, but until recently little was known about its history and eruptive character. Following a brief but sustained period of intense seismic activity in March 1996, the Alaska Volcano Observatory began investigating the geology of the volcano and evaluating potential volcanic hazards that could affect residents of Akutan Island. During these studies new information was obtained about the Holocene eruptive history of the volcano on the basis of stratigraphic studies of volcaniclastic deposits and radiocarbon dating of associated buried soils and peat. A black, scoria-bearing, lapilli tephra, informally named the 'Akutan tephra,' is up to 2 m thick and is found over most of the island, primarily east of the volcano summit. Six radiocarbon ages on the humic fraction of soil A-horizons beneath the tephra indicate that the Akutan tephra was erupted approximately 1611 years B.P. At several locations the Akutan tephra is within a conformable stratigraphic sequence of pyroclastic-flow and lahar deposits that are all part of the same eruptive sequence. The thickness, widespread distribution, and conformable stratigraphic association with overlying pyroclastic-flow and lahar deposits indicate that the Akutan tephra likely records a major eruption of Akutan Volcano that may have formed the present summit caldera. Noncohesive lahar and pyroclastic-flow deposits that predate the Akutan tephra occur in the major valleys that head on the volcano and are evidence for six to eight earlier Holocene eruptions. These eruptions were strombolian to subplinian events that generated limited amounts of tephra and small pyroclastic flows that extended only a few kilometers from the vent. The pyroclastic flows melted snow and ice on the volcano flanks and formed lahars that traveled several kilometers down broad, formerly glaciated valleys, reaching the coast as thin, watery, hyperconcentrated flows or water floods. Slightly cohesive lahars in Hot Springs valley and Long valley could have formed from minor flank collapses of hydrothermally altered volcanic bedrock. These lahars may be unrelated to eruptive activity.

  8. Stratigraphic and volcano-tectonic relations of Crater Flat Tuff and some older volcanic units, Nye County, Nevada

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    Carr, W.J.; Byers, F.M. Jr.; Orkild, P.P.

    1984-12-31

    The Crater Flat Tuff is herein revised to include a newly recognized lowest unit, the Tram Member, exposed at scattered localities in the southwest Nevada Test Site region, and in several drill holes in the Yucca Mountain area. In previous work, the Tram Member was thought to be the Bullfrog Member, and therefore was shown as Bullfrog or as undifferentiated Crater Flat Tuff on published maps. The revised Crater Flat Tuff is stratigraphically below the Topopah Spring Member of the Paintbrush Tuff and above the Grouse Canyon Member of the Belted Range Tuff, and is approximately 13.6 m.y. old. Drill holes on Yucca Mountain and near Fortymile Wash penetrate all three members of the Crater Flat as well as an underlying quartz-poor unit, which is herein defined as the Lithic Ridge Tuff from exposures on Lithic Ridge near the head of Topopah Wash. In outcrops between Calico Hills and Yucca Flat, the Lithic Ridge Tuff overlies a Bullfrog-like unit of reverse magnetic polarity that probably correlates with a widespread unit around and under Yucca Flat, referred to previously as Crater Flat Tuff. This unit is here informally designated as the tuff of Yucca Flat. Although older, it may be genetically related to the Crater Flat Tuff. Although the rocks are poorly exposed, geophysical and geologic evidence to date suggests that (1) the source of the Crater Flat Tuff is a caldera complex in the Crater Flat area between Yucca Mountain and Bare Mountain, and (2) there are at least two cauldrons within this complex - one probably associated with eruption of the Tram, the other with the Bullfrog and Prow Pass Members. The complex is named the Crater Flat-Prospector Pass caldera complex. 24 references, 18 figures, 1 table.

  9. Calibration and Validation of a Spar-Type Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Model using the FAST Dynamic Simulation Tool: Preprint

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    Browning, J. R.; Jonkman, J.; Robertson, A.; Goupee, A. J.

    2012-11-01

    In 2007, the FAST wind turbine simulation tool, developed and maintained by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), was expanded to include capabilities that are suitable for modeling floating offshore wind turbines. In an effort to validate FAST and other offshore wind energy modeling tools, DOE funded the DeepCwind project that tested three prototype floating wind turbines at 1/50th scale in a wave basin, including a semisubmersible, a tension-leg platform, and a spar buoy. This paper describes the use of the results of the spar wave basin tests to calibrate and validate the FAST offshore floating simulation tool, and presents some initial results of simulated dynamic responses of the spar to several combinations of wind and sea states.

  10. A Neogene calcareous nannofossil biozonation scheme for the deep offshore Niger Delta

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    Fadiya, Lawrence Suyi; Salami, Babajide Moshood

    2015-12-01

    A detailed calcareous nannofossil analysis was carried out on the deep-water offshore Niger Delta strata penetrated by eight wells in order to erect a basin-wide Neogene biozonation scheme for the region. Four of the wells penetrated Miocene to Early Pliocene strata while the others drilled through Miocene sediments. The recorded rich and diversified nannofossil suites enabled the subdivision of the Neogene sequences into 13 zones [NN1 (CN1a) - Early Miocene to NN13 (CN10c) - Early Pliocene] and 15 subzones. Five (NN1, NN2, NN4, NN5 and NN11) zones are divided into subzones based on First and Last occurrences plus relative abundance of marker species. Dearth of nannofossils in the Middle Miocene NN5-NN8 zones precludes a refined zonation construction for the interval. Several new criteria are suggested for delineating new and previously erected zones. The resulting refined scheme offers an improved stratigraphic framework for correlation of thin reservoir units within and across Niger Delta fields.

  11. Sequence stratigraphy of the Hith/Upper Arab formations offshore Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

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    Azer, S.R.; Peebles, R.G.

    1995-11-01

    The Kimmeridgian Upper Arab zones A, B, and C, are prolific hydrocarbon bearing reservoirs in central and western Offshore Abu Dhabi (OAD). They were deposited in an arid climate which dominated the Arabian peninsula during Late Jurassic times. The Berriasian to Tithonian Hith Formation which overlies the Arab reservoirs constitute the cap rock, which just to the east of central OAD gradually pinches out and forms a N-S feather edge. The Hith and Upper Arab zones A, B, and C form 450 to over 600 feet of massive to interbedded anhydrites with varying proportions of limestones and dolomites in central and western OAD. The Arab Formation in OAD is a major regressive unit which was deposited on a broad carbonate platform and prograded eastwards into an open marine shelf environment. The objectives of this paper are to develop a sequence stratigraphic framework, emphasizing cyclicity, facies architecture and diagenesis. Core and well log data geared with various inorganic geochemical analyses from four wells are used to constrain the current uncertainties in age dating and integrate the diagenetic signatures in the patterns of relative sea level change which considerably control the formation of those parasequences. This effort will help in better understanding and possible prediction of porosity in such prospective reservoirs.

  12. Comparison of anxiety prevalence among based and offshore National Iranian Drilling Company staff's children in Ahvaz, 2013

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    Zargham-Boroujeni, Ali; Shahba, Zohre; Abedi, Heidarali

    2015-01-01

    Background: Anxiety is one of the most common psychological issues among all age groups including children. The main role of parents has been known to support their children. Being far away from a source of support has been shown to be a potential trigger for childhood anxiety. Periodical jobs, including offshore work, are among the main reasons for absence of one of the parents. Therefore, this study aims to assess anxiety in children of National Iranian Drilling Company offshore staff. Materials and Methods: In this historical cohort study, 160 students including 80 boys and 80 girls were selected through convenient random sampling from the schools of National Iranian Drilling Company. Data were collected using Revised Children's Manifest Anxiety Inventory (by Reynolds and Richmond), consisting 37 items and a demographic questionnaire. The collected data were statistically analyzed by t-test and logistic regression tests through SPSS software. Results: The mean anxiety score was 12.80 among offshore staff's children and 11.67 among the children of the based staff. The ratio of manifest anxiety among the offshore workers’ children was significantly more than the based ones’. Conclusions: Based on the findings, offshore fathers’ job affects the anxiety of the children. PMID:26097851

  13. Stratigraphic, chronological and behavioural contexts of Pleistocene Homo sapiens from Middle Awash, Ethiopia.

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    Clark, J Desmond; Beyene, Yonas; WoldeGabriel, Giday; Hart, William K; Renne, Paul R; Gilbert, Henry; Defleur, Alban; Suwa, Gen; Katoh, Shigehiro; Ludwig, Kenneth R; Boisserie, Jean-Renaud; Asfaw, Berhane; White, Tim D

    2003-06-12

    Clarifying the geographic, environmental and behavioural contexts in which the emergence of anatomically modern Homo sapiens occurred has proved difficult, particularly because Africa lacked adequate geochronological, palaeontological and archaeological evidence. The discovery of anatomically modern Homo sapiens fossils at Herto, Ethiopia, changes this. Here we report on stratigraphically associated Late Middle Pleistocene artefacts and fossils from fluvial and lake margin sandstones of the Upper Herto Member of the Bouri Formation, Middle Awash, Afar Rift, Ethiopia. The fossils and artefacts are dated between 160,000 and 154,000 years ago by precise age determinations using the 40Ar/39Ar method. The archaeological assemblages contain elements of both Acheulean and Middle Stone Age technocomplexes. Associated faunal remains indicate repeated, systematic butchery of hippopotamus carcasses. Contemporary adult and juvenile Homo sapiens fossil crania manifest bone modifications indicative of deliberate mortuary practices. PMID:12802333

  14. Stratigraphic context of fossil hominids from the Omo group deposits: northern Turkana Basin, Kenya and Ethiopia

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    Feibel, C.S.; Brown, F.H.; McDougall, I.

    1989-04-01

    The chronometric framework developed for Plio-Pleistocene deposits of the northern Turkana Basin is reviewed in light of recent advances in lithostratigraphy, geochemical correlation, paleomagnetic stratigraphy, and isotopic dating. The sequence is tightly controlled by 20 precise ages on volcanic materials. These ages are internally consistent but are at variance with estimates for the boundaries of the magnetic polarity time scale by about 0.07 my. This discrepancy can be only partially resolved at present. Based on the established chronometric framework and stratigraphic sequences, depositional ages can be estimated for significant marker beds. These ages can in turn be used to constrain the 449 hominid specimens thus far reported from the basin. Ages for most hominid specimens can be estimated with a precision of +/- 0.05 my. In addition, the chronometric framework will be applicable to other paleontological collections, archeological excavations, and future discoveries in the basin.

  15. Seismic stratigraphic architecture of the Disko Bay trough-mouth fan system, West Greenland

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    Hofmann, Julia C.; Knutz, Paul C.

    2015-04-01

    Spatial and temporal changes of the Greenland Ice Sheet on the continental shelf bordering Baffin Bay remain poorly constrained. Then as now, fast-flowing ice streams and outlet glaciers have played a key role for the mass balance and stability of polar ice sheets. Despite their significance for Greenland Ice Sheet dynamics and evolution, our understanding of their long-term behaviour is limited. The central West Greenland margin is characterized by a broad continental shelf where a series of troughs extend from fjords to the shelf margin, acting as focal points for trough-mouth fan (TMF) accummulations. The sea-ward bulging morphology and abrupt shelf-break of these major depositional systems is generated by prograding depocentres that formed during glacial maxima when ice streams reached the shelf edge, delivering large amounts of subglacial sediment onto the continental slope (Ó Cofaigh et al., 2013). The aim of this study is to unravel the seismic stratigraphic architecture and depositional processes of the Disko Bay TMF, aerially the largest single sedimentary system in West Greenland, using 2D and 3D seismic reflection data, seabed bathymetry and stratigraphic information from exploration well Hellefisk-1. The south-west Disko Bay is intersected by a deep, narrow trough, Egedesminde Dyb, which extends towards the southwest and links to the shallower and broader cross-shelf Disko Trough (maximum water depths of > 1000 m and a trough length of c. 370 km). Another trough-like depression (trough length of c. 120 km) in the northern part of the TMF, indicating a previous position of the ice stream, can be distinguished on the seabed topographic map and the seismic images. The Disko Bay TMF itself extends from the shelf edge down to the abyssal plain (abyssal floor depths of 2000 m) of the southern Baffin Bay. Based on seismic stratigraphic configurations relating to reflection terminations, erosive patterns and seismic facies (Mitchum et al., 1977), the TMF succession has been divided into five seismic units, each representing different stages in the progradational accumulation of the TMF system. This poster and ongoing study will discuss how the ice-stream flow switching is linked to changes in depocentres of sedimentary sequences and further investigate the major controls, e.g. ice-sheet dynamics, ocean-climate changes, tectonic forcing and subglacial geology, that determined the evolution of the Disko Bay TMF. Essencial bibliography Mitchum, R.M. Jr., Vail, P.R., Sangree, J.B., 1977. Seismic stratigraphy and global changes of sea level, Part 6: Stratigraphic interpretation of seismic reflection patterns in depositional sequences. AAPG Memoir 26, 117-133. Ó Cofaigh, C., Andrews, J.T., Jennings, A.E., Dowdeswell, J.A., Hogan, K.A., Kilfeather, A.A., Sheldon, C., 2013. Glacimarine lithofacies, provenance and depositional processes on a West Greenland trough-mouth fan. Journal of Quaternary Science, 28(1), 13-26.

  16. Oyster-bioimmured ammonites from the Upper Albian of Annopol, Poland: stratigraphic and palaeobiogeographic implications

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    Machalski, Marcin; Kennedy, William J.

    2013-12-01

    Machalski, M. and Kennedy, W.J. 2013. Oyster-bioimmured ammonites from the Upper Albian of Annopol, Poland: stratigraphic and palaeobiogeographic implications. Acta Geologica Polonica, 63 (4), 545-554. Warszawa. Ammonites Mortoniceras (Subschloenbachia) sp. are preserved as attachment scars on the oyster shells from the topmost portion of the Albian succession at Annopol, Poland. These oyster-bioimmured ammonites show a closest affinity to the representatives of Mortoniceras (Subschloenbachia) characteristic of the upper Upper Albian Mortoniceras perinflatum Zone. No ammonites indicative of the uppermost Albian-lowermost Cenomanian Praeschloenbachia briacensis Zone are recorded. Thus, the hiatus at the Albian-Cenomanian boundary at Annopol embraces the latter zone. The presence (and dominance) of Mortoniceras in the upper Upper Albian ammonite assemblage of Annopol suggests that the representatives of this Tethyan genus could migrate into the epicratonic areas of Poland directly from the Tethyan Realm, via the Lwow (Lviv) region.

  17. Improved Stratigraphic Interpretation of Dense Lacustrine Carbonates from Lake Bonneville, UT

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    Steponaitis, E.; McGee, D.; Quade, J.

    2014-12-01

    Recent work on the past hydroclimate of the Bonneville Basin has utilized dense, laminated carbonate deposits that formed beneath the surface of Lake Bonneville starting around 26 ka (McGee et al. 2012). These calcite and aragonite deposits form in calm, protected spaces that have been submerged by the lake, including hillside caves, cracks in bedrock, and interstitial spaces in tufa and abandoned beach gravel deposits. Dense lacustrine carbonates are very useful for paleoclimate studies because they can be used to develop continuous records of lake chemistry anchored by precise U-Th dates. However, many questions remain about the conditions in which these dense carbonates form: at what depth range do these carbonates form, and can basal and top ages help constrain the lake level curve? Do coeval carbonates formed at different depths in the lake preserve information about vertical gradients in lake water properties like ?18O and 87Sr/86Sr? To address these questions and others, this study examines a sequence of dense lacustrine carbonates deposited within bedrock, tufa, and abandoned shoreline gravels from Stansbury Island, UT. We use U-Th dating, local stratigraphic interpretations, and previously established lake level constraints to draw insights into the formation and context of these deposits. Improved understanding of dense lacustrine carbonates will facilitate more detailed and accurate interpretations of their stratigraphic significance, and ultimately, aid the development of improved paleoclimate records from Lake Bonneville and beyond. McGee, D., et al. 2012. Lacustrine Cave Carbonates?: Novel Archives of Paleohydrologic Change in the Bonneville Basin (Utah , USA). Earth and Planetary Science Letters (351-352): 182-194.

  18. A revised stratigraphic framework for later Cenozoic sequences in the northeastern Mediterranean region

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    Yeti?, Cengiz; Kelling, Gilbert; Gökçen, Sungu L.; Baroz, Francois

    1995-12-01

    This study describes the lithostratigraphic character of mid-Cenozoic (Oligocene-Pliocene) sequences in different parts of the northeastern Mediterranean area and offers a detailed stratigraphic correlation for this region. The sequences concerned are drawn from the Camardi area (south-central Anatolia), the Adana Basin, the Misis Mountains and the Kyrenia Range (northern Cyprus) and the submerged Florence Rise (west of Cyprus). The stratigraphic relationships identified here indicate the following: (a) Following the middle Eocene (Lutetian) regression there was uplift throughout the entire region; (b) Episodes of fluvial and lacustrine deposition in intramontane settings ensued in most of this region during the late Eocene/early Miocene interval; (c) Following a regionally extensive phase of tectonic compression, major marine transgression commenced in the late Oligocene in northern Cyprus and in the early Miocene in adjacent southern Turkey, with the exception of the Ecemi§ Fault Zone where continental deposition continued; (d) These Oligo-Miocene transgressive sequences comprise a broadly diachronous complex of both shallow and deeper marine facies, including reefal carbonates, littoral clastics, basinal shales and fan-turbidites; (e) Deeper marine Miocene facies persisted longer in the Misis area and in northern Cyprus; (f) A regional regression occurred throughout most of the area during the late Serravallian to Tortonian interval and is marked by the abrupt, locally discordant appearance of extensive shallow marine, deltaic and fluvial deposits; (g) Continued regression in the Messinian led to the formation of significant evaporite deposits in the western and southern parts of the region, but localized uplift of the Misis area is attested by the initial deformation of the Neogene rocks there and the absence of Messinian sediments from this area; (h) In the Pliocene there was extensive emergence of the northern parts of the region interrupted by brief marine incursions. The present-day drainage pattern was established at this time; (i) Marine conditions persisted longer in northern Cyprus, where emergence occurred only in the latest Pliocene.

  19. A revised stratigraphic framework for Later Cenozoic sequences in the northeastern Mediterranean region

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    Yeti?, Cengiz; Kelling, Gilbert; Gökçen, Sungu L.; Baroz, Francois

    This study describes the lithostratigraphic character of mid-Cenozoic (Oligocene-Pliocene) sequences in different parts of the northeastern Mediterranean area and offers a detailed stratigraphic correlation for this region. The sequences concerned are drawn from the Camardi area (south-central Anatolia), the Adana Basin, the Misis Mountains and the Kyrenia Range (northern Cyprus) and the submerged Florence Rise (west of Cyprus). The stratigraphic relationships identified here indicate the following: (a) Following the middle Eocene (Lutetian) regression there was uplift throughout the entire region; (b) Episodes of fluvial and lacustrine deposition in intramontane settings ensued in most of this region during the late Eocene/early Miocene interval; (c) Following a regionally extensive phase of tectonic compression, major marine transgression commenced in the late Oligocene in northern Cyprus and in the early Miocene in adjacent southern Turkey, with the exception of the Ecemi? Fault Zone where continental deposition continued; (d) These Oligo-Miocene transgressive sequences comprise a broadly diachronous complex of both shallow and deeper marine facies, including reefal carbonates, littoral clastics, basinal shales and fan-turbidites; (e) Deeper marine Miocene facies persisted longer in the Misis area and in northern Cyprus; (f) A regional regression occurred throughout most of the area during the late Serravallian to Tortonian interval and is marked by the abrupt, locally discordant appearance of extensive shallow marine, deltaic and fluvial deposits; (g) Continued regression in the Messinian led to the formation of significant evaporite deposits in the western and southern parts of the region, but localized uplift of the Misis area is attested by the initial deformation of the Neogene rocks there and the absence of Messinian sediments from this area; (h) In the Pliocene there was extensive emergence of the northern parts of the region interrupted by brief marine incursions. The present-day drainage pattern was established at this time; (i) Marine conditions persisted longer in northern Cyprus, where emergence occurred only in the latest Pliocene.

  20. Structural and stratigraphic mapping from satellite imagery, Kalpin uplift, northwestern Tarim basin, northwest China

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    McKnight, C.L.; Carroll, A.R.; Chu, J.; Hendrix, M.S.; Graham, S.A.; Lyon, R.J.P. )

    1990-05-01

    The Kalpin uplift, located on the northwestern margin of the Tarim craton, northwest China, exposes a complete Paleozoic cratonal stratigraphic sequence. The lack of vegetative cover and the visible color contrasts between stratigraphic units afford an optimal situation for detailed geologic mapping from Landsat Multispectral Scanner imagery at a scale of 1:250,000. Field work in the eastern Kalpin uplift constrains the geologic interpretation of the satellite imagery. Exposed basement rock in the Kalpin uplift consists of deformed and metamorphosed upper Proterozoic strata cut by unmetamorphosed mafic dikes. The overlying sedimentary section was deposited primarily in shallow marine to nonmarine environments and includes Sinian (latest Proterozoic to early Cambrian) siliciclastics and carbonates; Cambrian and Ordovician carbonates; Silurian green shales; Devonian red beds; Carboniferous siliciclastics and carbonates; and Permian carbonates, siliciclastics, and subaerial basalt flows. Paleozoic strata are exposed in a series of low, parallel, curvilinear ranges located at the leading edges of low-angle, southeast-vergent thrust sheets. The regular thrust repetition of the entire Paleozoic section suggests the presence of a detachment horizon within the Cambrian section. These southeast-vergent thrust sheets override an older structural trend on the craton, the Bachu uplift, at right angles, folding as they do so. Strike-slip faults cutting the thrust sheets along the same trend as the Bachu uplift suggest the location of buried lateral ramps associated with the Bachu uplift. The young deformation in the Kalpin uplift is a response to compressive stresses produced by the northward movement of the Indian plate. Major faults in the Tian Shan mountain range to the north have been reactivated, resulting in southward-directed thrusting over the Tarim craton.

  1. The Miocene Topanga Group of Southern California - A 100-Year History of Changes in Stratigraphic Nomenclature

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    Campbell, Russell H.; McCulloh, Thane H.; Vedder, John G.

    2007-01-01

    A review of selected literature summarizes the origin and chronology of changes in usage of 'Topanga' in the Miocene stratigraphic nomenclature of the Los Angeles Basin and adjacent areas in southern California. The review was done to summarize and reconcile some differences in Miocene stratigraphic nomenclature as applied to geologic map compilations of the Santa Ana (Morton, 2004), San Bernardino (Morton and Miller, 2003), Long Beach (Saucedo and others, 2003) and Los Angeles (Yerkes and Campbell, 2005) 30' x 60' quadrangles, all of which are products of the cooperative (California Geological Survey-U.S. Geological Survey) Southern California Areal Mapping Project (SCAMP). The deposition of the Topanga Group spans about 6 my (from as old as about 18 ma to as young as about 12 ma), and the sequence of included strata records changes in provenance and depositional environments that are contemporaneous with part of a major Miocene tectonic episode in southern California -- the 'basin-inception phase' in the evolution of the Neogene Los Angeles basin (Yerkes and others, 1965). The area of Topanga deposition extends to the southern, eastern, northern, and northwestern sides of the Los Angeles basin, as well as the southern part of the eastern Ventura Basin. Topanga beds are inferred to underlie the thick upper Miocene and Pliocene deposits of the central Los Angeles Basin and the southern part of the eastern Ventura Basin; however, they have been reached by drilling only in marginal areas, where the overlying deposits are relatively thin. Post-Topanga strata were deposited in more-restricted areas of rapid subsidence. Selected papers are summarized as they relate to the Topanga nomenclature, and are presented in chronological order.

  2. Cenozoic structural evolution and tectono-stratigraphic framework of the northern Gulf Coast continental margin

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    Diegel, F.A.; Karlo, J.F.; Shoup, R.C.; Schuster, D.C.

    1996-12-31

    The Cenozoic structural evolution of the northern Gulf of Mexico Basin is controlled by progradation over deforming, largely allochthonous salt structures derived from an underlying autochthonous Jurassic salt. The wide variety of structural styles is due to a combination of (1) original distribution of Jurassic and Mesozoic salt structures, (2) different slope depositional environments during the Cenozoic, and (3) varying degrees of salt withdrawal from allochthonous salt sheets. Tectono-stratigraphic provinces describe regions of contrasting structural styles and ages. Provinces include (1) a contractional foldbelt province, (2) a tabular salt-minibasin-province, (3) a Pliocene-Pleistocene detachment province, (4) a salt dome-minibasin province, (5) an Oligocene-Miocene detachment province, (6) a lower Oligocene Vicksburg detachment province, (7) an upper Eocene detachment province, and (8) the Wilcox growth fault province of Paleocene-Eocene age. Within several tectono-stratigraphic provinces, shale-based detachment systems, dominated by lateral extension, and allochthonous salt-based detachment systems, dominated by subsidence, can be distinguished by geometry, palinspastic reconstructions, and subsidence analysis. Many shale-based detachments are linked downdip to deeper salt-based detachments. Large extensions above detachments are typically balanced by salt withdrawal. Salt-withdrawal minibasins with flanking salt bodies occur as both isolated structural systems and components of salt-based detachment systems. During progradation, progressive salt withdrawal from tabular salt bodies on the slope formed salt-bounded minibasins which, on the shelf, evolved into minibasins bounded by arcuate growth faults and remnant salt bodies. Associated secondary salt bodies above allochthonous salt evolved from pillows, ridges, and massifs to leaning domes and steep-sided stocks.

  3. Sequence stratigraphy of Niger Delta, Delta field, offshore Nigeria 

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    Owoyemi, Ajibola Olaoluwa

    2005-11-01

    of the Agbada Formation and develop a sequence stratigraphic framework. The 5000-feet thick Agbada Formation in Delta field is divided by five major sequence boundaries, each observed in seismic cross sections to significantly truncate underlying strata...

  4. Pliocene to recent stratigraphy of the Cuu Long and Nam Con Son Basins, offshore Vietnam 

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    Yarbrough, Christopher Neil

    2006-08-16

    Pliocene to Recent time. The available data enabled sediment thickness patterns, sequence-stratigraphic relationships, and channel types (fluvial to deep-water channels) within the lower Pliocene to Recent stratigraphic succession in the Cuu Long and Nam...

  5. Crestal unconformities as indicators of clastic stratigraphic traps: genetic relation of Berlin field and Elk City structure, deep Anadarko basin

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    Lyday, J.R.

    1988-02-01

    The Berlin fan-delta gas reservoir in the deep Anardarko basin was deposited during the late Atokan (Pennsylvanian) as a response to the initial uplift and erosion of the Elk City structure. During the late Atokan pulse of the episodic Pennsylvanian orogeny in the south-central US, abrupt epeirogenic uplift and brittle deformation created an interregional unconformity on positive areas around foreland and cratonic basins. The Elk City structure within the deep Anadarko basin originated as a distinct, subaerially exposed upthrust-block during the late Atokan tectonic event. A crestal unconformity developed on the emergent upthrust block concurrent with its uplift. Terrigenous, detrital Atoka dolomite, originally sourced from the Arbuckle dolomite (Cambrian-Ordovician) of the Amarillo-Wichita uplift, was eroded from the upthrust block and recycled northward as the Berlin fan-delta. Today, the Berlin recrystallized, recycled detrital dolomite fan-delta is a large 41 mi/sup 2/ overpressured gas reservoir with 242-362 bcf reserves at 15,000 ft. The Berlin field is genetically related to the late Atokan crestal unconformity of the Elk City structure, and is an example of the association of crestal unconformities and clastic stratigraphic traps. Such stratigraphic traps originated in marine environments proximal to active structures that have become subaerially exposed. With adequate seals and favorable structural position, detrital deposits recycled from local uplifts can form significant stratigraphic traps. Such stratigraphic traps can occur in compressional, extensional, and diapiric regions.

  6. Input of new radiochronological and paleontological datations in Cyprus. Reviewing of the Cyprus stratigraphic columns (southpart of Troodos massif)

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    Mocochain, Ludovic; Blanpied, Christian; Revillon, Sidonie; Muller, Carla

    2015-04-01

    There are at least 7 different stratigraphic columns in Cyprus. Despite a consensus about a last stratigraphy terminology to use, the limits of several stages and unconformities are still under debate. Here are some of the difficulties to establish a synthetic stratigraphic column of Cyprus: - A large longitudinal and latitudinal heterogeneous in the localisation of deposits that are affected by important sedimentary and/or biostratigraphic hiatus. -Some sedimentary series are difficult to date, this is the case notably for the Akamas sandstones. These sandstones are barren and belong to the Mamonia complex, which makes it difficult to locate them in the general stratigraphy of Cyprus. -The strong tectonic setting of Cyprus could be responsible for the migration of center-deposits and formation of hiatus. Consequently, the establishment of a lithostratigraphic column requires a sequential analysis rarely used. -The identification of analogue facies in different basins must be realized through systematic datation in order to avoid mistakes in attributing an age to a formation, which often occurs in Cyprus. An accurate study of the bibliography, associated to new field observations and completed by new chronological data allow us to suggest a new stratigraphic chart. This stratigraphic column starts by the oldest deposits of Cyprus and finishes by the Quaternary deposits. This chart also allows to retrace from East to West several geodynamic events of Cyprus that are recorded in the sedimentary deposits since the Triasic Period.

  7. STRATIGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION AND PALEOENVIRONMENTAL IMPLICATIONS OF PEDOGENIC FEATURES AND TRACE FOSSILS FROM THE LOWER PERMIAN OF KANSAS

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    Counts, John W.

    2012-12-31

    ..................................................................................................................8 Figure 2. Map showing current geographic location of upper Council Grove group outcrops in Kansas, Hugoton-Panoma gas field, and location of core transect..........................................10 Figure 3. Paleogeographic map showing position...-21415................................................................................................................................36 Figure 13. Stratigraphic column, detailed descriptions, representative photographs, interpreted sea level curve, and depositional environments for the Amoco Prater Gas Unit A 2HI core, API 15...

  8. High-resolution stratigraphic and structural characterization of the fault-partitioned Hickory Sandstone aquifer system, Mason County, central Texas 

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    Wilson, Jason Steven

    2001-01-01

    The Hickory Sandstone is an important aquifer in central Texas and is partitioned by faults that impede cross-fault fluid flow. This study provides a detailed stratigraphic and structural model in the vicinity of a normal, oblique-slip fault...

  9. GEOLOGY | Volume 43 | Number 7 | www.gsapubs.org 1 Foreland basin stratigraphic control on thrust belt evolution

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    Fay, Noah

    belt evolution James B. Chapman and Peter G. DeCelles Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona on thrust belt architecture have not been fully evalu- ated. Mechanical properties of typical foreland basin stratigraphic successions influence the structural development of fold-thrust belts in predictable ways

  10. Risk perception by offshore oil personnel during bad weather conditions.

    PubMed

    Rundmo, T; Sjöberg, L

    1998-02-01

    This article presents the results of analyses of employee subjective risk assessments caused by platform movements on an offshore oil installation in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The results are based on a self-completion questionnaire survey conducted among 179 respondents covering three shifts on the platform. The data collection was carried out during the spring of 1994. A minority expressed worry due to platform movements. A greater proportion of the personnel stated worry about the construction of the platform. The personnel were more unsafe when they assessed their own safety attitudes with regard to specific potentially hazardous consequences of platform movements. Two approaches aimed at modeling worry and concern caused by platform movements were tested. The models were the mental imagery approach and the rationalistic approach. The rationalistic and mental imagery models fitted equally well. Implications of the results for risk communication are discussed. PMID:9523449

  11. Interpretation of cone penetrometer data for offshore sands

    SciTech Connect

    Lunne, T.; Christoffersen, H.P.

    1983-05-01

    The use of the cone penetration test (CPT) for offshore soil investigations is particularly important in sands where it proves problematic and often impossible to take undisturbed samples. CPT data can provide reliable indications of in situ soil properties and/or in situ stress conditions. The geotechnical literature, however, abounds with different procedures for interpreting CPT data in sands. A comprehensive data base for sands was established mainly from large scale calibration chamber tests performed at several institutions. The data base also included results from field tests described in the literature and from NGI's experience. The paper presents an evaluation and updated recommendation of Schmertmann's method for estimating relative densities from recorded cone resistance. It also evaluates various procedures for interpreting the drained friction angle from cone resistance and presents correlations between the constrained deformation modulus and cone resistance. Finally, the paper recommends other in situ tests to complement and enhance the interpretation of CPT data in sand, and points out the necessity for simultaneous sampling and laboratory testing.

  12. Offshore Wind Atlas for Northern European Seas

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hasager, Charlotte Bay; Karagali, Ioanna; Astrup, Poul; Badger, Merete; Mouche, Alexis; Stoffelen, Ad

    2010-12-01

    Offshore winds are investigated in detail in the EU- Norsewind project - short for Northern Seas Wind Index Database - that aims to produce an offshore wind atlas for the Northern European Seas including the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the Irish Sea. The results are preliminary as they are from mid-term in the project (2008-2012). The results include mean wind speeds from Envisat ASAR, QuikSCAT and SSM/I compared to masts. The spatial variability across the area is clearly identified with major coastal effects in the enclosed seas. The long-term trend analysis does not indicate any trend in the different wind speed bins investigated during 23 years. The next step is further comparison to ground-based lidar data and atmospheric model results.

  13. Economic risk of offshore field development

    SciTech Connect

    Skjong, R.; Lereim, J.

    1988-01-01

    Many of the input parameters in an evaluation of the economy of an offshore oil and gas field development project are random or uncertain. Randomness and uncertainty are present for cost variables related to cost of design, construction, installation, and operation, as well as income variables related to reservoir size and characteristics, oil and gas prices, currency fluctuations, inflation, and interest rates, and taxation rules, etc. Uncertainty modeling is facilitated by existing tools for cost-variable uncertainty assessment, and by various available models for fluctuations in currency rates, inflation and interest rates, and oil and gas prices. This paper describes the probabilistic analysis method, with the main emphasis on the required input to the analysis and the interpretation of the results of the analysis. An example study involving a decision of developing an offshore oil field is presented and some general conclusions are offered. 5 references, 8 figures, 9 tables.

  14. Perspectives of offshore geothermal energy in Italy

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    Armani, F. B.; Paltrinieri, D.

    2013-06-01

    Italy is the first European and world's fifth largest producer of geothermal energy for power generation which actually accounts for less than 2% of the total electricity production of the country. In this paper after a brief introduction to the basic elements of high-enthalpy geothermal systems, we discuss the potentialities represented by the submarine volcanoes of the South Tyrrhenian Sea. In particular we focus on Marsili Seamount which, according to the literature data, can be considered as a possible first offshore geothermal field; then we give a summary of the related exploitation pilot project that may lead to the realization of a 200MWe prototype power plant. Finally we discuss some economic aspects and the development perspectives of the offshore geothermal resource taking into account the Italian energy framework and Europe 2020 renewable energy target.

  15. Response of wave excited offshore platforms

    SciTech Connect

    Chang, Shih-Jung; Hahn, G.D.

    1995-09-01

    A study of the resultants of inertia and drag force components induced by waves on offshore structures is made, and the relations between these resultants and the corresponding modal forces that govern the structural response are examined. The information and concepts reported elucidate the main factors that control such forces. Using the deep-water approximation of linear wave theory and the Morison equation, it is shown that the inertia and drag components of the modal forces can be expressed in terms of the sea surface kinematics. This treatment of the wave excitations advances the understanding of their characteristics and contributes to forming a basis for efficient, reliable evaluations of the response of wave- excited offshore platforms.

  16. Offshore technology has a tremendous future

    SciTech Connect

    Brundage, H.T.

    1984-05-01

    Proven offshore technology has the capability to produce oil and gas through the world's continental shelves, on the continental slopes, and toward the abyssal plains. As with all other economic endeavors, there will eventually be a point of diminishing returns in producing offshore hydrocarbons. But just where or when this point will be reached is not now known, nor is it likely to be known soon. A basic fact of oceanographic research is that oil shows have been found in deep ocean basins, such as at Challenger Knoll in the Sigsbee Deep in the central Gulf of Mexico, and elsewhere. At least 240 billion barrels of recoverable oil are considered to exist in the world's continental shelves. Exploratory drilling combined with engineering and oceanographic research, continually broaden horizons and potential in this respect.

  17. Protective riser-conductor for offshore structures

    SciTech Connect

    Rutherford, D. A.; Albers, G. P.

    1985-07-09

    A protective sleeve for fitting about the periphery of the leg of an offshore structure. The sleeve comprises means for carrying and enclosing a plurality of conductors. It further includes one or more inner rings; an outer jacket is fixedly spaced from the rings to define longitudinal passages within which the respective conductors are fixedly positioned. The sleeve is capable of deflecting packed ice and floating objects which represent possible sources of damage to the structure or to conductors.

  18. Caisson shield for arctic offshore production platform

    SciTech Connect

    Clinton, J. D.; Reusswig, G. H.

    1985-03-12

    A caisson shield for the protection of an offshore production platform and, more particularly, a caisson shield for use in an arctic environment for the protection of the offshore structure in iceberg-infested waters which is capable of absorbing the destructive forces of an impact produced by a large iceberg. The caisson shield consists of an essentially annular concrete structure encircling at least the submerged support section of the offshore production platform including vertically upstanding concentrically spaced, annular side walls, a horizontal slab base resting on the marine bottom on which the side walls are supported, and a slab top supported on the side walls, and including annularly spaced internal radial partition walls whereby the entire overall caisson shield structure provides a generally toroidal configuration incorporating a plurality of closed compartments. In one embodiment of the invention, located along the outer annular wall is a plurality of arcuate wall sections forming a series of arches and enclosed compartments between each arcuate wall section and the outer annular wall, which impart a ''scallop-like'' configuration to the outer circumference of the caisson shield. The ''scallop-like'' outer walls are capable of resisting and absorbing extremely high ice loads by being adapted to progressively crush the leading edge of an impacting iceberg and to thereby minimize the crush of the iceberg against the caisson shield before coming to rest against the shield.

  19. About offshore resource assessment with floating lidars with special respect to turbulence and extreme events

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gottschall, J.; Wolken-Möhlmann, G.; Lange, B.

    2014-12-01

    Offshore resource assessment with lidars on floating platforms is a flexible and particularly cost-effective alternative to the conventional meteorological mast solution, that is considered as onshore state-of-the-art transferred to offshore sites, and may enable better and more complete wind resource assessments for the growing offshore wind sector. Wind lidar technology, and remote sensing in general, has already been proven to be a very promising technology for resource assessment and power performance testing onshore. For offshore applications and on floating platforms in particular, the motions from the floating base have to be considered in addition, affecting the wind measurements significantly and causing systematic measurement errors. We have studied the motions and the corresponding influences on lidar measurements generated by different possible offshore platforms - vessels or buoys - both in detailed simulations as well as first validation experiments. In addition to this, we have developed motion compensation algorithms that allow to correct the affected measurements and retrieve the undisturbed wind data. The motions considered and studied comprise rotations as well as translations in all six degrees of freedom. For the evaluation of the motion-affected and corrected wind data in this paper, special attention is paid to the measurement of turbulence as well as extreme wind events. The research question to be answered is if a lidar device placed on a floating platform is capable of measuring more or less the same statistics of extreme wind events as a fixed lidar device. Quantities to be investigated are: the turbulence intensity as well as the statistics of maximum wind speed values within a 10-min period, but also wind speed increments on different time scales. At this, obviously two issues are to be discussed - the influence of the lidar measurement principle on the recording of extreme wind events, and the additional impact of the superimposed motions of the floating platform.

  20. 76 FR 49759 - Enbridge Offshore Pipelines (UTOS) LLC; Notice of Application

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    2011-08-11

    ...CP11-526-000] Enbridge Offshore Pipelines (UTOS) LLC; Notice...August 1, 2011, Enbridge Offshore Pipelines (UTOS) LLC...facilities which are located onshore and in federal and state waters offshore [[Page 49760

  1. 29 CFR 784.120 - Application of exemption to “offshore” activities in general.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ...general. The expression “offshore activities” is used...employees employed in such “offshore” or “trip” activities...exemption the so-called onshore activities and “leave the exemption applicable to ‘offshore’ activities...

  2. 29 CFR 784.120 - Application of exemption to “offshore” activities in general.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ...general. The expression “offshore activities” is used...employees employed in such “offshore” or “trip” activities...exemption the so-called onshore activities and “leave the exemption applicable to ‘offshore’ activities...

  3. 29 CFR 784.120 - Application of exemption to “offshore” activities in general.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ...general. The expression “offshore activities” is used...employees employed in such “offshore” or “trip” activities...exemption the so-called onshore activities and “leave the exemption applicable to ‘offshore’ activities...

  4. 77 FR 75187 - Notice of Determination of No Competitive Interest, Offshore Maine

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    2012-12-19

    ...Competitive Interest, Offshore Maine AGENCY: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM...Proposed Commercial Wind Lease Offshore Maine...Continental Shelf (OCS) Offshore Maine, Request...four-turbine wind energy project on...

  5. UNDERLYING MOTIVATIONS FOR DELAWARE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN SUPPORT OF OFFSHORE WIND

    E-print Network

    Firestone, Jeremy

    PARTICIPATION IN SUPPORT OF OFFSHORE WIND: IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE ENERGY POLICY by Jacqueline D Piero ApprovedUNDERLYING MOTIVATIONS FOR DELAWARE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN SUPPORT OF OFFSHORE WIND: IMPLICATIONS ................................................................................................. 3 Offshore wind: a new option in the United States.............................................. 4

  6. 46 CFR 174.205 - Additional damaged stability for OSVs carrying more than 16 offshore workers.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ...stability for OSVs carrying more than 16 offshore workers. 174.205 Section 174...VESSEL TYPES Special Rules Pertaining to Offshore Supply Vessels § 174.205 Additional...stability for OSVs carrying more than 16 offshore workers. (a) Calculations....

  7. 33 CFR 165.1156 - Safety Zone; Offshore Marine Terminal, El Segundo, CA.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ...2011-07-01 false Safety Zone; Offshore Marine Terminal, El Segundo, CA...District § 165.1156 Safety Zone; Offshore Marine Terminal, El Segundo, CA...Commercial vessels authorized to use the offshore marine terminal for loading or...

  8. 46 CFR 11.491 - Officer endorsements for service on offshore supply vessels.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... Officer endorsements for service on offshore supply vessels. 11.491 Section... Officer endorsements for service on offshore supply vessels. Each officer endorsements for service on offshore supply vessels (OSVs)...

  9. 33 CFR 165.1156 - Safety Zone; Offshore Marine Terminal, El Segundo, CA.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...2010-07-01 false Safety Zone; Offshore Marine Terminal, El Segundo, CA...District § 165.1156 Safety Zone; Offshore Marine Terminal, El Segundo, CA...Commercial vessels authorized to use the offshore marine terminal for loading or...

  10. 40 CFR 435.10 - Applicability; description of the offshore subcategory.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... Applicability; description of the offshore subcategory. 435.10 Section 435...GAS EXTRACTION POINT SOURCE CATEGORY Offshore Subcategory § 435.10 Applicability; description of the offshore subcategory. The provisions...

  11. 46 CFR 90.05-20 - Applicability to offshore supply vessels.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... 2011-10-01 false Applicability to offshore supply vessels. 90.05-20 Section...Application § 90.05-20 Applicability to offshore supply vessels. (a) Existing offshore supply vessels as defined by §...

  12. 46 CFR 11.470 - Officer endorsements as offshore installation manager.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ...2010-10-01 false Officer endorsements as offshore installation manager. 11.470 Section... § 11.470 Officer endorsements as offshore installation manager. (a) Officer endorsements as offshore installation manager (OIM)...

  13. 46 CFR 2.10-130 - Fees for examination of foreign mobile offshore drilling units.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... Fees for examination of foreign mobile offshore drilling units. 2.10-130 Section... Fees for examination of foreign mobile offshore drilling units. Each foreign mobile offshore drilling unit must pay: (a)...

  14. 75 FR 51661 - Amendment of the Pacific High and Low Offshore Airspace Areas; California

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    2010-08-23

    ...Amendment of the Pacific High and Low Offshore Airspace Areas; California AGENCY...action modifies the Pacific High and Low Offshore Airspace Areas to provide additional...by modifying the Pacific High and Low Offshore Airspace Areas, by extending the...

  15. 46 CFR 11.468 - Officer endorsements for mobile offshore drilling units.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ...false Officer endorsements for mobile offshore drilling units. 11.468 Section...468 Officer endorsements for mobile offshore drilling units. Officer endorsements for service on mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs)...

  16. 10 CFR 150.7 - Persons in offshore waters not exempt.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ...2010-01-01 false Persons in offshore waters not exempt. 150.7 Section...AUTHORITY IN AGREEMENT STATES AND IN OFFSHORE WATERS UNDER SECTION 274 Continued Commission Regulatory Authority in Offshore Waters § 150.7 Persons...

  17. 22 CFR 124.13 - Procurement by United States persons in foreign countries (offshore procurement).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ...States persons in foreign countries (offshore procurement). 124.13 Section...States persons in foreign countries (offshore procurement). Notwithstanding...technical data to foreign persons for offshore procurement of defense articles,...

  18. 46 CFR 11.470 - Officer endorsements as offshore installation manager.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ...2011-10-01 false Officer endorsements as offshore installation manager. 11.470 Section... § 11.470 Officer endorsements as offshore installation manager. (a) Officer endorsements as offshore installation manager (OIM)...

  19. 78 FR 43003 - Proposed Collection; Comment Request on Information Collection Tools Relating to the Offshore...

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    2013-07-18

    ...Information Collection Tools Relating to the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP...is soliciting comments concerning the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP...record-keeping requirements: Title: Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program...

  20. 76 FR 24813 - Safety Zone; Fourth Annual Offshore Challenge, Sunny Isles Beach, FL

    Federal Register 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

    2011-05-03

    ...RIN 1625-AA00 Safety Zone; Fourth Annual Offshore Challenge, Sunny Isles Beach, FL AGENCY...Isles Beach, Florida for the Fourth Annual Offshore Challenge. The Fourth Annual Offshore Challenge will consist of a series of...