Depositional Margins Industrial Alliance Research
are the frontier of research in the 21st century. Research on deep-marine
sedimentology, structure, process stratigraphy, hydrocarbon habitat,
and seafloor stability is being conducted by Lesli
Wood of the BEG and Paul Mann of
UTIG. They are studying both the structurally active margins
of the southeastern Caribbean and the passive margins of the Gulf of
Mexico, using nearly 20,0002 km of contiguous 3-D seismic data, as well
as short and long shallow core. The work is funded by a group of companies
interested in deep-marine hydrocarbon exploration and development.
Gas hydrates, mud volcanoes, seafloor and subseafloor structure, slope,
and 3-D stratigraphic architecture are some of the issues being examined
to explain the processes involved in margin evolution and the potential
for resource development in deep-marine settings. High-resolution imaging
of continental-margin systems offers the best means for both quantifying
the 3-D architecture of deep-marine reservoirs and improving development
in these complex systems.
Details at http://www.ig.utexas.edu/research/projects/trinidad/trinidad.htm.
contact Dr. Wood by telephone (512-471-0328) or E-mail (email@example.com).