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Sedimentology of Paralic Reservoirs: Recent Advances

Product Code: SP444
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by G.J. Hampson, A.D. Reynolds, B. Kostic and M.R. Wells
Publication Date: 20 July 2017
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Special Publication 444

Paralic reservoirs reflect a range of depositional environments including deltas, shoreline–shelf systems and estuaries. They provide the backbone of production in many mature basins, and contribute significantly to global conventional hydrocarbon production. However, the range of environments, together with relative sea-level and sediment supply changes, result in significant variability in their stratigraphic architecture and sedimentological heterogeneity, which translates into complex patterns of reservoir distribution and production that are challenging to predict, optimize and manage.

This volume presents new research and developments in established approaches to the exploration and production of paralic reservoirs. The 13 papers in the volume are grouped into three thematic sections, which address: the sedimentological characterization of paralic reservoirs using subsurface data; lithological heterogeneity in paralic depositional systems arising from the influence of tidal currents; and paralic reservoir analogue studies of modern sediments and ancient outcrops. The volume demonstrates that heterogeneity in paralic reservoirs is increasingly well understood at all scales, but highlights gaps in our knowledge and areas of current research.

Published online 17/07/2017. Print copies available from 20/07/2017.

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Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 9781786202741
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 432
Weight: 1.1 kg



Hampson, G. J., Reynolds, A. D., Kostic, B. & Wells, M. R. Introduction to the sedimentology of paralic reservoirs: recent advances

Subsurface characterization of paralic reservoirs

Reynolds, A. D. Paralic reservoirs

Churchill, J. M., Poole, M. T., Skarpeid, S. S. & Wakefield, M. I. Stratigraphic architecture of the Knarr Field, Norwegian North Sea: sedimentology and biostratigraphy of an evolving tide- to wave-dominated shoreline system

Heldreich, G., Redfern, J., Legler, B., Gerdes, K.& Williams, B. P. J. Challenges in characterizing subsurface paralic reservoir geometries: a detailed case study of the Mungaroo Formation, North West Shelf, Australia

Flood, Y. S. & Hampson, G. J. Analysis of floodplain sedimentation, avulsion style and channelized fluvial sandbody distribution in an upper coastal plain reservoir: Middle Jurassic Ness Formation, Brent Field, UK North Sea

Tidal heterogeneity in paralic systems

Longhitano, S. G. & Steel, R. J. Deflection of the progradational axis and asymmetry in tidal seaway and strait deltas: insights from two outcrop case studies

Mellere, D., Mannie, A., Longhitano, S., Mazur, M., Kulausa, H., Brough, S. & Cotton, J. Tidally influenced shoal water delta and estuary in the Middle Jurassic of the Søgne Basin, Norwegian North Sea: sedimentary response to rift initiation and salt tectonics

Amir Hassan, M. H., Johnson, H. D., Allison, P. A. & Abdullah, W. H. Sedimentology and stratigraphic architecture of a Miocene retrogradational, tide-dominated delta system: Balingian Province, offshore Sarawak, Malaysia

Johnson, C. L., Stright, L., Purcell, R. & Durkin, P. Stratigraphic evolution of an estuarine fill succession and the reservoir characterization of inclined heterolithic strata, Cretaceous of southern Utah, USA

McLean, A. Q. & Wilson, B. Recognizing seasonal fluvial influence in ancient tidal deposits

Analogue studies

Lane, T. I., Nanson, R. A., Vakarelov, B. K., Ainsworth, R. B. & Dashtgard, S. E. Evolution and architectural styles of a forced-regressive Holocene delta and megafan, Mitchell River, Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia

Lambiase, J. J., Riadi, R. S., Nirsal, N. & Husein, S. Transgressive successions of the Mahakam Delta Province, Indonesia

Mulhern, J. S. & Johnson, C. L. Time–space variability of paralic strata deposited in a high accommodation, high sediment supply setting: example from the Cretaceous of Utah

Gomis-Cartesio, L. E., Poyatos-Moré , M., Flint, S. S., Hodgson, D. M., Brunt, R. L. & Wickens, H. D.V. Anatomy of a mixed-influence shelf edge delta, Karoo Basin, South Africa



This is a good compilation of research offering a suite of analogues to aid the study of paralic reservoirs. It begins with an excellent overview by Reynolds, providing a helicopter type perspective of reservoir architecture, recovery efficiency and stratigraphic and sedimentological description of paralic systems with a subsurface uncertainty focus that be used to better appraise and manage such reservoir systems. This forms a foundation to a suite of case study based papers from outcrop to subsurface containing much detail that will be of value for benchmarking subsurface systems.

Most are largely descriptive works that provide insights and reference points for those studying analogous paralic systems. The excellent paper by Flood and Hampson on the Ness Formation in the Brent Field offers an interesting insight into the potentially predictive variability in sandbody architecture and controls of a floodplain system tied to accommodation space and location on the coastal plain.
Longhitano and Steel’s paper on controls on sandbody geometry and architecture in tidal seaways based on work from the Cretaceous in Wyoming and the Tertiary of the Calabrian arc, Italy provide an insight into stacking patterns and sandbody geometry in tectonically controlled tidal seaway systems. Gomis-Cartesio et al’s work on the shelf edge delta systems from the Karoo in South Africa offers new observations on the shape, scale and geometry of slope channel systems and their potential predictability. This is another excellent contribution on these superbly exposed South African shelf, slope and basinal systems.
The other papers in this volume are all very good compilations of good quality, detailed research and analysis. Paralic reservoirs remain an important element of subsurface systems. With the increasing ability of numerical characterisations to include detailed subsurface description and better appreciation of how to assess and manage subsurface uncertainty and resulting risks the rich descriptions offered by this volume are of value to analogue and benchmark studies. This is a useful compilation with a diverse geographical spread that will doubtless be of value to future workers

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