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Sediment Provenance Studies in Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production

Product Code: SP386
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by R.A. Scott, H.R. Smyth, A.C. Morton & N. Richardson
Publication Date: 25 June 2014
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Special Publication 386.

Sediment provenance studies concern the origin, composition, transportation and deposition of detritus and therefore are an important part of understanding the links between basinal sedimentation, and hinterland tectonics and unroofing. Such studies can add value at many stages of hydrocarbon exploitation, from identifying regional-scale crustal affinities and sediment dispersal patterns during the earliest stages of exploration, to detailed correlation in producing reservoirs and understanding the impact of mineralogy on reservoir diagenesis.
The volume showcases the wide variety of techniques available, using examples and applications from all aspects of sediment provenance research. The papers are organized into four sets around the following themes:

•    Overview: applications of provenance information in hydrocarbon reservoir sandstones
•    Provenance, diagenesis and reservoir quality
•    Provenance studies linking sediment to source
•    Looking forward: development of techniques and data handling

This book is dedicated to the memory of Maria Mange and Robert A. Scott.


Published online 4 May 2014. Print copy available from 25 June 2014.

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Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-370-7
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 420
Weight: 1.1 kg


SMYTH, H. R., MORTON, A., RICHARDSON, N. & SCOTT, R. A. Sediment provenance studies in hydrocarbon exploration and production: an introduction


Overview: applications of provenance information in hydrocarbon reservoir sandstones

HURST, A. & MORTON, A. Provenance models: the role of sandstone mineral–chemical stratigraphy


Provenance, diagenesis and reservoir quality

TOBIN, R. C. & SCHWARZER, D. Effects of sandstone provenance on reservoir quality preservation in the deep subsurface: experimental modelling of deep-water sand in the Gulf of Mexico

CARACCIOLO, L., ARRIBAS, J., INGERSOLL, R. V. & CRITELLI, S. The diagenetic destruction of porosity in plutoniclastic petrofacies: The Miocene Diligencia and Eocene Maniobra formations, Orocopia Mountains, southern California, USA

ARRIBAS, J., GONZÁLEZ-ACEBRÓN, L., OMODEO-SALÉ, S. & MAS, R. The influence of the provenance of arenite on its diagenesis in the Cameros Rift Basin (Spain)

KETTANAH, Y. A., KETTANAH, M. Y. & WACH, G. D. Provenance, diagenesis and reservoir quality of the Upper Triassic Wolfville Formation, Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, Canada

VINCENT, S. J., HYDEN, F. & BRAHAM, W. Along-strike variations in the composition of sandstones derived from the uplifting western Greater Caucasus: causes and implications for reservoir quality prediction in the Eastern Black Sea

KILHAMS, B., MORTON, A., BORELLA, R., WILKINS, A. & HURST, A. Understanding the provenance and reservoir quality of the Sele Formation sandstones of the UK Central Graben utilizing detrital garnet suites


Provenance studies linking sediment to source

MORTON, A., FANNING, M. & BERRY, J. R. Heavy mineral provenance of the Mesozoic succession in Andøya, northern Norway: implications for sand transport in the Vøring Basin

NICHOLSON, U., POYNTER, S., CLIFT, P. D. & MACDONALD, D. I. M. Tying catchment to basin in a giant sediment routing system: a source-to-sink study of the Neogene–Recent Amur River and its delta in the North Sakhalin Basin

NAING, T. T., BUSSIEN, D. A., WINKLER, W. H., NOLD, M. & VON QUADT, A. Provenance study on Eocene–Miocene sandstones of the Rakhine Coastal Belt, Indo-Burman Ranges of Myanmar: geodynamic  implications

VINCENT, H., WACH, G. & KETANNAH, Y. Heavy mineral record of Andean uplift and changing sediment sources across the NE margin of South America: a case study from Trinidad and Barbados

LUNDMARK, A. M., BUE, E. P., GABRIELSEN, R. H., FLAAT, K., STRAND, T. & OHM, S. E. Provenance of late Palaeozoic terrestrial sediments on the northern flank of the Mid North Sea High: detrital zircon geochronology and rutile geochemical constraints

BUE, E. P. & ANDRESEN, A. Constraining depositional models in the Barents Sea region using detrital zircon U–Pb data from Mesozoic sediments in Svalbard

MEINHOLD, G., MORTON, A. C., FANNING, C. M., HOWARD, J. P., PHILLIPS, R. J., STROGEN, D. & WHITHAM, A. G. Insights into crust formation and recycling in North Africa from combined U–Pb, Lu–Hf and O isotope data of detrital zircons from Devonian sandstone of southern Libya          

PE-PIPER, G., PIPER, D. J. W. & TRIANTAFYLLIDIS, S. Detrital monazite geochronology, Upper Jurassic–Lower Cretaceous of the Scotian Basin: significance for tracking first-cycle sources

AMOROSI, A. & SAMMARTINO, I. Tracing provenance and pathways of late Holocene fluvio-deltaic sediments by heavy-metal spatial distribution (Po Plain–Northern Apennines system, Italy)

BONNE, K. P. M. Reconstruction of the evolution of the Niger River and implications for sediment supply to the Equatorial Atlantic margin of Africa during the Cretaceous and the Cenozoic


Looking forward: development of techniques and data handling

ANDÒ, S., MORTON, A. & GARZANTI, E. Metamorphic grade of source rocks revealed by chemical fingerprints of detrital amphibole and garnet

SUGGATE, S. M. & HALL, R. Using detrital garnet compositions to determine provenance: a new compositional database and procedure

ANDÒ, S. & GARZANTI, E. Raman spectroscopy in heavy-mineral studies



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