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The Creation and Fill of Accommodation Space and Sedimentary Dynamics on the Slopes of Deep-water Continental Margins


Accommodation space on continental margins can be generated by multiple mechanisms, including mass-failure, inflection in a slope profile, localized erosion, and structural deformation driven by salt or shale movement, or by gravitational tectonics. The way in which accommodation space is filled in deep-water environments has significant impact on the sediments filling such space and thus both the reservoir and potential trap properties of slope-hosted petroleum systems. This presentation will examine how accommodation space can be created on continental slopes, the ways in which that space can filled, and discuss how the various fill styles can be used to elucidate reservoir properties and trap integrity based on a fundamental understanding of deepwater processes.