Two day practical seminar

This course aims to bring explorationists up to date with the latest advances in understanding salt tectonics and sedimentation on continental margins. The course will bridge the gap between academic research and oil exploration. Topics covered will include the following: salt deposition, physical properties of salt, flow mechanics, internal deformation of salt bodies, thermal effects of salt, diapir growth and geometry, allochthonous salt sheets, regional and counter regional faults, rafts and turtles, contractional salt tectonics, compressional rejuvenation of salt diapirs, deepwater fold + thrusts belts and pitfalls in seismic interpretation. The early history of South Atlantic opening will also be reviewed. The course will involve a mix of lectures and seismic interpretation practicals using large scale seismic sections.

Day 1

  1. Review of Deposition Models of Salt.
  2. Review of Early Opening History of the South Atlantic.
  3. Physical Properties of Salt
  4. Flow mechanics of Salt
  5. Internal Deformation of Salt diapirs and Sheets. Practical Exercise
  6. Diapir growth and geometry. Practical Exercise

Day 2

  1. Cap rock development and Dissolution structures.
  2. Rafts and Turtles. Practical Exercise.
  3. Counter Regional Faults. Practical Exercise.
  4. Compressional Salt Structures on Continental Margins-deepwater fold belts, diapir rejuvenation. Practical Exercise .
  5. Allochthonous Salt Sheets. Practical Exercise.
  6. Interaction between deepwater sedimentation and salt tectonics.