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Glaciogenic Reservoirs and Hydrocarbon Systems

Product Code: SP368
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by M. Huuse, J. Redfern, D.P. Le Heron, R.J. Dixon, A. Moscariello & J. Craig
Publication Date: 11 December 2012
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Special Publication 368

Glaciogenic reservoirs and hydrocarbon systems occur intermittently throughout the stratigraphic record, with particular prominence in Neoproterozoic, Late Ordovician, Permo-Carboniferous and Late Cenozoic strata. Recent interest in glaciogenic successions has been fuelled by hydrocarbon discoveries in ancient glaciogenic reservoirs in North Africa, the Middle East, Australia and South America. Glaciogenic deposits of Pleistocene age are noteworthy for their content of groundwater onshore and their potentially prospective and/or hazardous gas accumulations offshore. The abundant imprints of Pleistocene glaciations in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres can be used to reconstruct complex histories of repeated ice cover and retreat, and glacier-bed interactions, thus informing our view on the dynamics of older ice caps and predictions of future glaciations. This volume aims to provide a better understanding of glaciogenic processes and their depositional signatures by presenting studies of ancient glaciogenic sequences alongside studies of the most recent glaciogenic sequences in NW Europe and Antarctica.


Published online 11/12/2012. Print copy available from 15/01/2013.

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Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-348-6
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 400
Weight: 1.16 kg


HUUSE, M., LE HERON, D. P., DIXON, R., REDFERN, J., MOSCARIELLO, A. & CRAIG, J. Glaciogenic reservoirs and hydrocarbon systems: an introduction

SCHACK PEDERSEN, S. A. Glaciodynamic sequence stratigraphy

OTTESEN, D., DOWDESWELL, J. A., RISE, L. & BUGGE, T. Large-scale development of the mid-Norwegian shelf over the last three million years and potential for hydrocarbon reservoirs in glacial sediments

VAN DER VEGT, P., JANSZEN, A. & MOSCARIELLO, A. Tunnel valleys: current knowledge and future perspectives

MOREAU, J., HUUSE, M., JANSZEN, A., VAN DER VEGT, P., GIBBARD, P. L. & MOSCARIELLO, A. The glaciogenic unconformity of the southern North Sea

MÜTHER, D., BACK, S., REUNING, L., KUKLA, P. & LEHMKUHL, F. Middle Pleistocene landforms in the Danish Sector of the southern North Sea imaged on 3D seismic data

ANDERSEN, T. R., HUUSE, M., JØRGENSEN, F. & CHRISTENSEN, S. Seismic investigations of buried tunnel valleys on- and offshore Denmark

SANDERSEN, P. B. E. & JØRGENSEN, F. Substratum control on tunnel-valley formation in Denmark

KRISTENSEN, T. B. & HUUSE, M. Multistage erosion and infill of buried Pleistocene tunnel valleys and associated seismic velocity effects

STEWART, M., LONERGAN, L. & HAMPSON, G. 3D seismic analysis of buried tunnel valleys in the Central North Sea: tunnel valley fill sedimentary architecture

BUCKLEY, F. A. An Early Pleistocene grounded ice sheet in the Central North Sea

FIELDING, C. R., BLACKSTONE, B. A., FRANK, T. D. & GUI, Z. Reservoir potential of sands formed in glaciomarine environments: an analogue study based on Cenozoic examples from McMurdo Sound, Antarctica

MARTIN, J. R., REDFERN, J. &WILLIAMS, B. P. J. Evidence for multiple ice centres during the late Palaeozoic ice age in Oman: outcrop sedimentology and provenance of the Late Carboniferous–Early Permian Al Khlata Formation

BACHE, F., MOREAU, J., RUBINO, J. L., GORINI, C. & VAN-VLIET LANOE¨ , B. The subsurface record of the Late Palaeozoic glaciation in the Chaco Basin, Bolivia

DOUILLET, G., GHIENNE, J.-F., GE´ RAUD, Y., ABUELADAS, A., DIRAISON, M. & AL-ZOUBI, A. Late Ordovician tunnel valleys in southern Jordan

LANG, J., DIXON, R. J., LE HERON, D. P. &WINSEMANN, J. Depositional architecture and sequence stratigraphic correlation of Upper Ordovician glaciogenic deposits, Illizi Basin, Algeria

HIRST, J. P. P. Ordovician proglacial sediments in Algeria: insights into the controls on hydrocarbon reservoirs in the In Amenas field, Illizi Basin

GIRARD, F., GHIENNE, J.-F. & RUBINO, J.-L. Channelized sandstone bodies (‘cordons’) in the Tassili N’Ajjer (Algeria & Libya): snapshots of a Late Ordovician proglacial outwash plain

LE HERON, D. P. & CRAIG, J. Neoproterozoic deglacial sediments and their hydrocarbon source rock potential


Review by John Marshall

Featured in Geoscientist Vol 23.9 October 2013

... The volume stands out as a landmark contribution to the understanding of the relatively poorly-documented subglacial tunnel valleys (addressed in 10 of the contributions), significant as potential aquifers, shallow gas hazards and producers of seismic artefacts and which have been opened up by academic access to commercial seismic surveys.

The volume is well produced; glitches are few and far between: I could mention on page five the reference to Cryogenian deposits in Fig 5a which turn out to be Pleistocene, for example; but there is nothing that impedes understanding and I would thoroughly recommend its purchase to anyone working these fascinating reservoirs as a new source of analogue material.

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