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Applied Subsurface Geological Mapping by Daniel J.Tearpock, Richard E. Bischke

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Chapter 13. Growth Structures

Introduction

Tectonic and sedimentary growth is important to petroleum exploration. For example, growth along faults creates both structural traps and seals (Brenneke 1995), and this growth can be coincident with the deposition of reservoir units. Growth faults may trap hydrocarbons during the early stages of a hydrocarbon cycle. The expanded sections that typically form downthrown to down-to-the-basin normal faults are the highest growth sections found in the petroleum regime (Thorsen 1963). These expanded downthrown sections often contain large accumulations of hydrocarbons (Tearpock et al. 1994). Hydrocarbon accumulations correlate not only to high growth intervals but often to the highest growth intervals within ...

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