This rock-based book is an attempt to link deep-water process sedimentology with sandstone petroleum reservoirs. In presenting a consistent process interpretation, the author has relied on his description and interpretation of core and outcrop (1:20 to 1:50 scale) from 35 case studies (which include 32 petroleum reservoirs), totaling more than 30,000 feet (9,145 m), carried out during the past 30 years (1974-2004). This book should serve as an important source of information for students on history, methodology, first principles, advanced concepts, controversies, and practical applications on deep-water sedimentology and petroleum geology.

Key Features

* Discusses the link between deep-water process sedimentology and petroleum geology * Addresses criteria for recognizing deposits of gravity-driven, thermohaline-driven, wind-driven, and tide-driven processes in deep-water environments * Provides head-on approach to resolve controversial process-related problems


Graduate and undergratuate students, and researchers of deep-water sedimentology and petroleum geology, professional petroleum explorationists (geologists and geophysicists), production technologists (geologists, petrophysicists, and engineers), and petroleum industry managers

Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction and Process Sedimentology. 1.1 Introduction. 1.2 Process Sedimentology. 1.3 Synopsis. 2. History of Deep-water Research (1885-2005). 2.1 Introduction. 2.2 History. 2.3 Scientific Revolutions. 2.4 A Philosophical Retrospective. 2.5 Synopsis. 3. Gravity-driven Processes. 3.1 Introduction. 3.2 Mass-Transport Processes. 3.3 Sediment Flows. 3.4 Synopsis. 4. Deep-water Bottom Currents. 4.1 Introduction. 4.2 Bottom Currents versus Turbidity Currents. 4.3 Thermohaline-Induced Geostrophic Bottom Currents. 4.4 Wind-Driven Bottom Currents. 4.5 Deep-Marine Tidal Bottom Currents in Submarine Canyons. 4.6 Synopsis. 5. Other Processes and the Phenomena of Tsunamis. 5.1 Introduction. 5.2 Liquidization. 5.3 Clastic Injections. 5.4 Mud Diapirism. 5.5 Sediment Plumes, Wind Transport, Ice Rafting, and Volcanism. 5.6 Pelagic and Hemipelagic Settling. 5.7 The Phenomena of Tsunamis. 5.8 Synopsis. 6. Depositional Environments. 6.1 Introduction. 6.2 Deep-Lacustrine Environments. 6.3 Submarine Slope Environments. 6.4 Submarine Canyon and Gully Environments. 6.5 Submarine Fan Environments. 6.6 Submarine Non-Fan Environments. 6.7 Submarine Basin-Plain Environments. 6.8 Synopsis. 7. Process-related Problems. 7.1 Introduction. 7.2 Conflicting Definitions of Turbidity C


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About the editor

G. Shanmugam

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Texas, Arlington, TX 76019, U.S.A. 1


"...writing a book on deep-water processes and facies models is a challenge. Shanmugan has taken it up, and written a book that mixes parts with both classical and non-classical form." -JOURNAL OF SEDIMENTARY RESEARCH