Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program



Earth and Environmental Sciences

Major Professor

Sarwar, Abu K. Mostofa

Second Advisor

Ioup, George

Third Advisor

Ioup, Juliette

Fourth Advisor

Penland, Shea


This study describes the geomorphology and characterizes the sequence stratigraphy of deep-water depositional elements and salt interactions in the northwest Garden Banks region with a focus on the Miocene epoch. The use of 2D and 3D data for the analysis of sediment feeders, shelf-margin location, timing of salt diapirism, faulting, and fluid migration can lend useful clues to the spatial patterns of plays. The 3D data focus mainly on blocks 236, 237, 191, 192, and 193. The 2D seismic data, while less precise, are used in conjunction with 3D seismics for an overview of the surrounding area. Some logs are used in conjunction with the seismics for upper Miocene to Pleistocene control. This geologic re-evaluation of the Gulf of Mexico, Garden Banks field 236 and a one to three block periphery of approximately 21 by 18 square miles will examine possible reservoir characterization in the Miocene to Pleistocene time period.


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