The use of GPR to image three-dimensional (3-D) turbidite channel architecture in the Carboniferous Ross Formation, County Clare, Western Ireland

J. K. Pringle, J. D. Clark, A. R. Westerman, A. R. Gardiner

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    Abstract

    Petroleum reservoir models are currently built from two-dimensional (2-D) information. An understanding of both the large-scale and internal three-dimensional (3-D) architecture of turbidite channel deposits is important for both hydrocarbon exploration and production. A ground penetrating radar (GPR) survey was undertaken on a study site exposing Upper Carboniferous Ross Formation deposits in western Ireland. Both channel margins and intrachannel fill were imaged in 3-D. Constant-offset, 2-D reflection sections were calibrated by vertical radar profiles. GPR data were integrated with sedimentary and survey data to produce a 3-D model of the study site.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)315-326
    Number of pages12
    JournalGeological Society Special Publications
    Issue number211
    Publication statusPublished - 2003

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