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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 63 (1979)

Issue: 3. (March)

First Page: 496

Last Page: 496

Title: Massive Marine-Sandstone Facies, Mackerel Field, Gippsland Basin, Australia: ABSTRACT

Author(s): Andrew J. Mebberson, Dennis J. Morton

Article Type: Meeting abstract


The Esso-Hematite Mackerel oil field in the Gippsland basin, Australia, is in a high-quality Paleocene sandstone section and has been delineated by four exploratory wells.

A predevelopment stratigraphic model of the field was constructed from detailed Previous HitanalysisNext Hit of high-quality seismic data. Although the sandstone section initially appeared to be massive and homogeneous, seismic data quality was sufficient to separate 11 discrete depositional units, each with an apparent marine progradational character. The boundaries of these seismic units were then tied back to minor variations in log and core lithologic characteristics, providing facies and depth control for the model.

It was possible, therefore, to construct a detailed geologic picture--with emphasis on the vertical and lateral extent of facies distribution. petrographic character, and reservoir properties--in a section which initially appeared to be generally ambiguous in its stratigraphic and Previous HitpaleoenvironmentalTop position in the depositional framework of the surrounding area.

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