Dataset: Vulcan Sub-Basin, Timor Sea Survey 97 : High Resolution Seismic Reflection Profiling and Direct Hydrocarbon Detection (Vulcan I) : Post-cruise Report : Project 121.19


The objectives of Project 121.19 were: To understand the deep crustal architecture, the structural reactivation processes and the mechanisms of hydrocarbon generation, migration and entrapment within the Vulcan Sub-Basin, Timor Sea. To achieve the aims of the project, two surveys (Vulcan I & II) were conducted between October and December 1990. This report summarises the results of the Vulcan Sub-Basin I Survey (Survey 97), which focussed on the high resolution seismic and geochemical component of Project 121.19 (i.e. the structural reactivation, hydrocarbon generation and migration theme). The Timor Sea program achieved most of its objectives. The seismic data should, when processed, allow a much better understanding of the nature of the fault reactivation processes in the area. In addition, strike lines run along the Londonderry High show that near-vertical faults appear to correspond with the position of transfer faults which have been inferred from our interpretation of BMR's Timor Sea aeromagnetic data. The geochemical program identified a number of significant hydrocarbon anomalies in the area. The anomalies fell predominantly into two groups. One group was located over, and to the north-east to south-east of the Skua Field, while the other group was associated with transfer faulting, and a major aeromagnetic high, on the edge of the Vulcan Sub-Basin, south-east of Montara 1.

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