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Depositional Model and Seismic Expression of Turbidites in Campos Basin, Offshore Brazil

Lincoln R. Guardado, Wagner E. Peres, Carlos E. Souza Cruz

The Campos basin, located at the southeastern coast of Brazil, is one of the most prolific hydrocarbon areas along the Brazilian margin. The producing reservoirs range from the Neocomian to the early Miocene and were deposited in various environments. However, on deep-water submarine fans (turbidites), these reservoirs reach their maximum expression.

The ratio between subsidence and sediment influx, associated to halokinesis, generated two major depositional styles for the sections before and after the early Oligocene, which affect the geometry of the turbidite bodies.

Albian, Campanian, and Eocene turbidites occur mainly under the present continental shelf and are confined to that area. However, the Oligocene-Miocene turbidites occur mainly under the present slope. These younger turbidites were deposited as large submarine fans in broad subbasins as "blankets," at the base of deep-water prograding sequences, and they have the potential for large hydrocarbon accumulations. These submarine fans are well defined on the seismic data, and specific processing improves the definition of anomalous amplitudes related to the presence of oil in the reservoirs.

AAPG Search and Discovery Article #91043©1986 AAPG Annual Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, June 15-18, 1986.