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Abstract: Seismic Stratigraphy and Stratigraphic Modelling of the South-Eastern German Molasse Basin

T. Aigner, J. Jin, H. P. Luterbacher

Although the German Molasse basin can be regarded as a mature hydrocarbon province, no regional sequence stratigraphic analysis has been carried out so far. We have studied seismic lines and well data from the region between the Isar and Inn rivers (SE Germany) that have been generously supplied by German oil companies (DEE, BEB, Mobil, RWE-DEA and Wintershall). Initial work indicates that five major seismic sequences within three main depositional cycles are developed. The Alpine thrust belt to the south serves as the primary sediment source in the foreland basin. However, sedimentary infill mainly took place parallel to the basin axis. Our analysis suggests that the stratigraphic development of the Molasse basin was mainly controlled by eustatic sea-level changes which aused the shoreline to shift in the W-E direction. The shifting of the depocenter axis in a N-S direction was controlled by the tectonic evolution of the thrust belt.

The sea-level curve determined by seismic stratigraphy and well-derived subsidence curves have been used as input parameters for stratigraphic modelling, using the programs GeoMOD and PHIL. Basin-fill simulations with PHIL are in good agreement with the main features of the sequence stratigraphy and the distribution of the systems tracts observed in the study area. The qualitative sea-level curve for the German Molasse basin derived from the seismostratigraphic analysis could be quantified by the stratigraphic simulation exercises.

This paper is based on the dissertation research of J. Jin, supported by the DFG and the EC-project "Integrated Basin Studies" (Joule II).

AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90956©1995 AAPG International Convention and Exposition Meeting, Nice, France