Understanding and mitigating subsurface risk is essential in exploration. In the March edition of the Exploration Insights Magazine, examples of how this can be achieved by leveraging sequence stratigraphy and global analogues are presented. This approach is further enhanced by leveraging cloud technology and the introduction of the unique and innovative PlayFinder™ application.
DISCOVERING EFFECTIVE ANALOGUES IN EXPLORATION: AN APPLICATION OF UNIQUE DIGITAL DASHBOARDS
Cloud-hosted digital dashboards allow users to explore and consume vast amounts of information in a dynamic and visual way. Here, we explore the application of this technology coupled with detailed insight into the petroleum geoscience of plays. Using a case study from offshore Argentina, we show how effective geological analogues can be identified and analysed within our PlayFinder application.
INSIGHTS INTO UNDEREXPLORED CRETACEOUS PLAYS OF THE ALASKAN NORTH SLOPE
The North Slope of Alaska has seen several high-profile discoveries made within underexplored Cretaceous stratigraphy during the last few years, yet exploration risk remains poorly defined. Using sequence stratigraphy and regional plate tectonics, we assess the impact of relative sea-level change upon stratigraphic architecture and outline some of the potential risks associated with the complex tectonic history of the North American Arctic.
ASSESSING THE DIACHRONEITY OF THE SOUTH ATLANTIC SALT PROVINCE TO DE-RISK EXPLORATION
The pre-salt and salt horizons of the South Atlantic are often evaluated using broad, simple concepts, whilst the actual depositional frameworks are complex and have a number of exploration-critical uncertainties associated with them. An analysis of the tectonostratigraphic evolution of the African and South American margins challenges conventional wisdom on rifting history, timing and synchronicity of salt deposition and selection of appropriate analogues.
GREAT GEOLOGISTS: MAUREEN RAYMO
Maureen Raymo has been setting the agenda for paleoclimate research for the last 30 years. The first female recipient of the Geological Society’s Wollaston Medal, Raymo’s work is a model of interdisciplinary research.