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Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Transactions
Vol. 43 (1993), Pages 534-534

Abstract: Surface Exploration in Mature Basins: Advances of the Eighties, Applications for the Nineties

Dietmar Schumacher


Few question the fact that the surface indications of oil and gas seepage have led to the discovery of many important oil-producing areas. Less clear, however, is the precise relationship between a hydrocarbon-induced anomaly at the surface and a subsurface petroleum accumulation. The surface manifestation of hydrocarbon seepage can take many forms, including anomalous hydrocarbon concentration in sediments microbial and botanical anomalies, mineralogic changes, and altered magnetic and Previous HitelectricalNext Hit properties. These varied expressions of hydrocarbon seepage have led to the development and marketing of an equally diverse number of surface prospecting techniques. Each has its proponents; each claims success; and all compete for the explorationist's attention and dollars. It is any wonder explorationists are confused, or at least skeptical?

Recent technological advances in geochemical and non-seismic surface Previous HitmethodsNext Hit have demonstrated the validity of many of these Previous HitmethodsNext Hit. More importantly, a number of these Previous HitmethodsNext Hit show considerable promise for the early delineation of the productive limits of a field or recent discovery. As the emphasis of the exploration industry shifts increasingly from frontier basins to mature basins and from exploration to development, new opportunities will be created for the use of these cost-effective surface exploration Previous HitmethodsNext Hit. These applications can be used to high-grade leads and prospects, as well as in field development programs. Proper integration of surface and subsurface Previous HitmethodsTop has the potential to significantly reduce exploration and development costs while improving success rates and shortening development time.

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