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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 65 (1981)

Issue: 3. (March)

First Page: 531

Last Page: 539

Title: Static Versus Dynamic Interpretation in Petroleum Geology

Author(s): Kinji Magara (2)


Knowledge of the timing of geologic events such as reservoir-porosity destruction and development, trap and seal development, primary and secondary migration, and petroleum generation and maturation is essential for correct assessment of a petroleum prospect. A dynamic interpretation of these geologic events improves our understanding of the mechanisms of petroleum accumulation.

Most subsurface data, however, represent only static information--a current geologic profile. Therefore, to evaluate a prospect more effectively, a geologist must deduce the dynamic or historical information from the static information. A computer model can be used effectively to derive the dynamic information, but certain interpretations may also be made manually.

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