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Variations in well log expression of the KPg Boundary Chicxulub Deposit, northern deepwater Gulf of Mexico; Preliminary results

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Authors:Weimer, Paul; Denne, Richard; Zimmermann, Eric; Cumella, Steve; Snyder, Brandon; Hirsh, Harrison; Bettinger, Daniel; Gutterman, William; Payeur, Travis
Author Affiliations:Primary:
University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Geological Sciences, Boulder, CO, United States
Other:
Texas Christian University, United States
LLOG Exploration Company, United States
Volume Title:66<sup>th</sup> annual convention of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Sectional Meeting; and the 63<sup>rd</sup> annual meeting of the Gulf Coast Section of the Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists
Volume Authors:Smith-Engle, Jennifer M., editor; editor
Source:Transactions - Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, Vol.66, p.583-600; 66>th` annual convention of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies American Association of Petroleum Geologists Sectional Meeting; and 63>rd' annual meeting of the Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, Gulf Coast Section, Corpus Christi, TX, Sept. 18-20, 2016, Jennifer M. Smith-Engle and editor. Publisher: Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, New Orleans, LA, United States. ISSN: 0533-6562
Publication Date:2016
Note:In English. 17 refs.; illus., incl. sects., 1 table, sketch maps
Summary:The Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary deposit in the northern deepwater Gulf of Mexico, first described by Denne et al. (2013), has been analyzed using the well logs from the 58 known penetrations. The deposit varies regionally in the well log signature, lithology, thickness, depth of erosion, and age of section underlying the deposit. The wells extend from Baha 2 (Alaminos Canyon [AC] 557-1) to the west to Cheyenne (Lloyd Ridge [LL] 399) to the east. Of the 58 wells, 43 have penetrated through the entire deposit; the remaining 15 reach total depth (TD) within the deposit or penetrated overturned section. Most logs are characterized by sharp base, blocky gamma ray, sonic, and density responses in the central and western area. Resistivity values are commonly highest at the base and decrease near the top of the deposit. Well cuttings descriptions indicate a variety of carbonate grains. Biostratigraphic data include a "cocktail" of ages from Lower to Upper Cretaceous, similar to that described in Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP) holes. The wells to the east have less erosion; in addition, the deposit overlies fine-grained carbonate strata, making the deposit more challenging to recognize by logs alone. Thickness of the deposit varies from 0 to 200 m (Baha 2). Thickness of the deposit relates to the amount of erosion at the base of the deposit. Greatest values are present to the west. Minimum erosion is probably at the middle Campanian strata. At the time of deposition, the sea floor had bathymetric variations created, in part, from the initial folds of the Mississippi Fan and Keathley-Walker fold belts. Consequently, in three of the Mississippi Fan Fold Belt wells, the deposit overlies Lower Cretaceous or Upper Jurassic strata. This vertical juxtaposition is caused by the presence of the shallow folds created during the Early Cretaceous, and the erosion of the crest of the folds by the debris flow.
Subjects:Allochthons; Biostratigraphy; Cenozoic; Cretaceous; Dipmeter logging; Fold belts; K-Pg boundary; Lower Paleocene; Mesozoic; Paleocene; Paleogene; Petroleum; Petroleum exploration; Reservoir properties; Salt sheets; Seismic stratigraphy; Stratigraphic boundary; Tertiary; Upper Cretaceous; Well logs; Well-logging; Atlantic Ocean; Campeche Scarp; Chicxulub Crater; Gulf of Mexico; North Atlantic
Coordinates:N260000 N500000 W0840000 W0960000
Record ID:816386-42
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2019 American Geosciences Institute.
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