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Sawyer, Derek E. et al. (2006): Lateral variations in log, core, and seismic attributes of a mass transport deposit in the Mars-Ursa region, Mississippi Canyon, northern Gulf of Mexico
IODP 308 U1322
IODP 308 U1323
IODP 308 U1324
Sawyer, Derek E.
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, United States
Shell, United States
Flemings, Peter B.
Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet Freiburg, Federal Republic of Germany
University of California Santa Cruz, United States
John, Cedric M.
Lateral variations in log, core, and seismic attributes of a mass transport deposit in the Mars-Ursa region, Mississippi Canyon, northern Gulf of Mexico
In: Anonymous, AAPG 2006 annual convention; abstracts volume
American Association of Petroleum Geologists and Society for Sedimentary Geology, Tulsa, OK, United States
Physical properties and logging-while-drilling (LWD) data from IODP Expedition 308 Sites U1324, U1323, and U1322 (during the summer of 2005) reveal significant lateral differences within a prominent mass transport deposit (MTD). The MTD occurred approximately 20 kya, lies approximately 100 meters below the seafloor, is approximately 40-90 meters thick, and covers an area of at least 900 km (super 2) in the Mars-Ursa Region of the Mississippi Canyon protraction area. It is easily recognized in high-resolution 3-D and conventional exploration 3-D seismic data by a sharp, stepped basal detachment surface, and internal chaotic to semi-transparent seismic facies. Despite the similar internal seismic facies however, the bulk physical properties vary from site-to-site. At Site U1322, higher shear strength, porosity, higher core deformation, and LWD resistivity distinguish the MTD relative to the surrounding undeformed sediments. At Site U1323 the MTD is characterized by increased LWD resistivity as well. However, 10 km to the west-southwest at Site U1324, no significant offsets are observed in shear strength, porosity, or LWD resistivity, and only minor core deformation is observed. Seismic attributes such as coherency slices and interval amplitude extractions generally correspond to this variation in the bulk physical properties. Coherency slices and interval amplitude extractions between the top and base of the MTD reveal sinuous flow pathways and rafted blocks in the area of Site U1322 and U1323. However, no such features are observed around Site U1324.
Economic geology, geology of energy sources; Atlantic Ocean; cores; depositional environment; Expedition 308; geophysical methods; geophysical profiles; geophysical surveys; Gulf of Mexico; Integrated Ocean Drilling Program; IODP Site 1322; IODP Site 1323; IODP Site 1324; lateral heterogeneity; Mars-Ursa Field; measurement-while-drilling; Mississippi Canyon; North Atlantic; petroleum; petroleum exploration; physical properties; sedimentary structures; seismic attributes; seismic methods; seismic profiles; surveys; Ursa Basin; well-logging;
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