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Geology and Geophysics

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Serpa, Laura


The Gulf of Mexico (GOM) represents a challenge for exploration and production. Most of the sediments coming from North America has bypassed the shelf margin into Deep Water. In an Attempt to attack this challenge this thesis pretends to break the GOM's false bottom, mainly comprised by diverse salt structures and growth fault families. In this attempt, geological and geophysical data are integrated to find clues to potential hydrocarbons indicator (PHI) that could be of Reservoir Quality (RQ). 3D Pre stack depth migrated data comprised of Mississippi Canyon blocks, were interpreted: Top and base of salt, leading to the identification of a PHI represented by a consistent Amplitude Anomaly (AA) below and towards a salt structure. This AA may be of RQ and feasibility evaluation for further decisions may be taken. Following the structural sequences that Govern central GOM during Oligocene through out Miocene was important to support the results.


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