January 1, 2021 –
Two new papers added to recent reprints for sponsors:
Eustatic, Climatic, and Oceanographic Influences on Geomorphology and Architecture of Isolated Carbonate Platforms: Miocene, Northwest Shelf, Australia
Eugene C. Rankey
Lithosphere (2020) (1): 8844754.
Seismic stratigraphic study of Miocene carbonate platforms illustrate how global changes can interact with local controls to create diverse patterns of birth, growth, and demise of carbonate platforms and drive local stratal heterogeneity of reservoir analogs. Seismic stratigraphic characterization of isolated platforms using high-resolution (ca 60 Hz) 3D seismic data from the Browse Basin, offshore Australia, reveals a middle to upper Miocene three-part seismic stratigraphic subdivision. The data permit description and interpretation of high-fidelity stratigraphic details of the initiation, expansion, termination, and geomorphology of over 100 platforms in this interval. Although invoking a eustatic control for coarse stratigraphic trends may be tempting, mismatch between the numbers and ages of sequences, as well as the variable stacking patterns among contemporaneous platforms regionally, precludes such an interpretation; conversely, some globally recognized eustatic changes do not have a pronounced manifestation in this area. Thus, it appears that the eustatic signal combined with dynamic physical regional processes such as waves, currents, and variable subsidence to create the complex architecture and geomorphology of platforms.
Platform-top reef sand apron morphodynamics and the half-empty bucket
Eugene C. Rankey
Sedimentary Geology, 2020
Reef sand aprons largely consist of coarse debris shed platformward from shelf-margin reefs towards the lagoon, and can include some of the highest porosity and permeability of isolated carbonate platforms. The KICC study, Platform-top reef sand apron morphodynamics and the half-empty bucket, tests the hypothesis that on-platform reef sand apron progradation is prone to completely infill adjacent lagoons. This study documents over 50 hydrodynamic simulations that isolate and evaluate the relations among geomorphology, waves, and tides. The numerical results documented therein motivate a conceptual model of autogenic, self-limiting dynamics that curb the propensity of lagoons to fill with coarse sediment shed from the reef by reef sand apron expansion. Instead, many platforms are doomed to remain “half-empty buckets,” even in the absence of external change such as a relative change in sea level.
December 18, 2020 –
Six papers added to recent reprints for sponsors:
Tetteh, J., Brady, P., and Ghahfarokhi, R., 2020, Review of low salinity water flooding in carbonate rocks: mechanisms, investigation techniques, and future directions. Advances in Colloid and Interface science, 284, no. 102253, 30 pgs.
Tetteh, J., Alimoradi, S., Brady, P., and Ghahfarokhi, R., 2019, Electrokinetics at calcite-rich limestone surface: Understanding the role of ions in modified salinity waterflooding. Journal of Molecular Liquids, 297, no. 111868, 21 pgs.
Tetteh, J., Veisi, M., Brady, P., and Ghahfarokhi, R., 2020, Surface Reactivity Analysis of the Crude Oil-Brine-Limestone Interface for a Comprehensive Understanding of the Low-Salinity Waterflooding Mechanism. Energy & Fuels, 34, pp. 2739-2756.
Tetteh, J., and Barati, R., 2019, Crude-Oil/Brine Interaction as a Recovery Mechanism for Low-Salinity Waterflooding of Carbonate Reservoirs. SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, 22, no. 3, 20 pgs.
Tetteh, J., 2020, Nano to Macro Scale Investigation into Low Salinity Waterflooding in Carbonate Rocks. Society of Petroleum Engineers, SPE-204276-STU, 15 pgs.
Tetteh, J., Cudjoe, S., Aryana, S., Ghahfarokhi, R., 2021, Investigation into fluid-fluid interaction phenomena during low salinity waterflooding using a reservoir-on-a-chip microfluidic model. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 196, no. 108074, 12 pgs.
November 12, 2020 – New paper on seismic stratigraphy, seismic geomorphology, and heterogeneity of Miocene isolated carbonate platforms (Northwest Shelf, Australia) to be published soon. The high-resolution (60 Hz) seismic data permit description and interpretation of high-fidelity stratigraphic details of the initiation, expansion, termination, and geomorphology of over 100 platforms in the Langhian – Messinian interval. The data, and a review of other contemporaneous platforms, reveal that the eustatic signal combined with dynamic physical regional processes such as waves, currents, and variable subsidence to create the complex and variable architecture and geomorphology of platforms. These results illustrate how global changes can interact with local controls to create diverse patterns of birth, growth, and demise of carbonate platforms and drive local stratal heterogeneity. [CITATION: Rankey, E.C., in press, Eustatic, climatic, and oceanographic influences on geomorphology and architecture of isolated carbonate platforms: Miocene, Northwest Shelf, Australia: Lithosphere.]
Sponsors can access pre-print in the recent reprints for sponsors section.
September 8, 2020 – The 2020-2021 KICC Prospectus is now available online. Click HERE for more details.
July 13, 2020 – Two new publications are available in Recent Reprints for sponsors:
A new paper, “Rock Fabric Controls on Pore Evolution and Porosity-Permeability Trends in Oolitic Grainstone Reservoirs and Reservoir Analogs,” by Hamilton Goodner, Gene Rankey, Chi Zhang, and Lynn Watney, in the July 2020 AAPG Bulletin. DOI: 10.1306/12191919046. Based on Ham’s MS thesis, the project explores if and how pore evolution and Φ-k scatter quantitatively relate to depositional fabric. It empirically examined oolitic grainstones from a range of geologic ages and diagenetic histories to understand depositional sediment-pore relationships, and how they might evolve with lithification. Integrating data from point counting, digital image analysis, nuclear magnetic resonance and core analysis of Holocene, Pleistocene, Pennsylvanian, and Mississippian oolitic grainstones reveals quantitative relations among rock fabric, pores, and petrophysical parameters. Results suggest that sedimentology would control the trends or variability within an oolitic succession, but that diagenesis defines the absolute values of pore attribute metrics and petrophysical parameters. These findings suggest that petrophysical variability within oolitic reservoirs may closely follow sedimentologic trends, which may be predictable within a stratigraphic framework.
A new paper, “Chemical oceanographic influences on sediment accumulations of a carbonate ramp: Holocene Yucatan Shelf, Mexico” by Gene Rankey, Rodrigo Garza-Perez, and Hassan Eltom is now in press at Sedimentology. Although global controls on the oceanographic influences on the nature of carbonate factories are broadly understood, the details of the influences of changes in temperature and nutrients across individual carbonate shelves are less well constrained. This study explores spatial and temporal variations in chemical oceanography along and across the Yucatan Shelf, a modern carbonate ramp, and how these factors relate to variable bottom character, sediment and sediment geochemistry. In-situ ocean chemical data, remote-sensing data, bottom observations and sedimentologic and geochemical characterization indicate the sporadic presence of cool, upwelled water with low dissolved oxygen and elevated Chlorophyll-a. This current-driven, westward flow of upwelled water is most evident in sediment and geochemical attributes of a zone just offshore of the northern peninsular shoreline, but its influence wanes ca 75 km offshore and as the shore turns southward. Collectively, these data emphasize how local processes such as upwelling and longshore transport can variably influence carbonate sediment accumulations and their geochemical signatures, both along and across individual shelves. These data and insights provide an analogue for the influences of spatial variability of water masses in the geological record, and for accurate interpretation of stratigraphic changes of sedimentary and geochemical proxy data in carbonate archives.
May 21, 2020 – The KICC 2020 Virtual Review is now live for sponsors to browse via the Sponsor Pages section.
May 15, 2020 – Three student theses have been added to the Recent Theses for sponsors page:
Duarte, Adrienne Michele, Stratal and Petrophysical Complexity Expressed in Seismic Reflection Patterns within Isolated Carbonate Platforms, M.S. thesis
Goodner, Hamilton Miller, Rock Fabric Controls on Pore Evolution and Porosity-Permeability Trends in Oolitic Grainstone Reservoirs and Reservoir Analogs, M.S. thesis
Thomas C. Neal, Hydrodynamic Controls on Sedimentology and Geomorphology of Marine-Carbonate Ramps: Insights from a Holocene Analogue, Northern Yucatán Shelf, Mexico, M.S. thesis
March 27, 2020 – A new paper by Elias Samankassou and Paul Enos, “Lateral facies variations in the Triassic Dachstein platform: A challenge for cyclostratigraphy,” a special issue article from The Depositional Record, 2019, has been added to the Recent Reprints section for sponsors. Cyclostratigraphy has been widely applied to analysis of multiple aspects of shallow-water carbonates. Cycles at the “type locality” of carbonate cycles, the Dachstein Limestone of the Northern Limestone Alps, show limited lateral continuity and thus need for care and caution in applications of cyclostratigraphy.
February 24, 2020 – A preliminary list of presentations for the upcoming KICC Annual Review Meeting April 19-21, 2020, is available on the 2020 Annual Review sponsor’s page.
December 6, 2019 – Three new in press papers are now available in the Recent Reprints section for sponsors:
Eltom, H., Rankey, E., Hasiotis, S., and Barati, R., In Press, Effect of bioturbation on petrophysical properties: Insights from geostatistical and flow simulation modeling. Elsevier, 104, pp. 259-269.
Eltom, H. and Hasiotis, S., In Press. Lateral and vertical trends of preferred flow pathways associated with bioturbated carbonate: Examples from Middle to Upper Jurassic strata, central Saudi Arabia. Carbonate Pore Systems: New Developments and Case Studies, SEPM Special Publication 112, pp. 126-140.
Boulesteix, K., Poyatos-More, M., Flint, S., Taylor, K., Hodgson, D., and Hasiotis, S., In Press, Transport and deposition of mud in deep-water environments: Processes and stratigraphic implications. Sedimentology, 32 pgs.
October 30, 2019 – The 2020 KICC Annual Meeting will be held April 19-21 at the Beren Petroleum Center, University of Kansas. We will follow the same general schedule, with an icebreaker Sunday evening, followed by technical talks and posters Monday all day and Tuesday morning. A post-meeting short course or field trip be announced before end of 2019.
Stay tuned for more information, or contact Evan, Bob, or Gene directly for the latest.
August 20, 2019 – A new publication, “Rock Fabric Controls on Pore Evolution and Porosity-Permeability Trends in Oolitic Grainstone Reservoirs and Reservoir Analogs,” by Goodner, Rankey, Zhang, and Watney, is available in the sponsors section. This paper, in press at AAPG Bulletin, empirically explores relations among depositional fabric, pore evolution and Φ-k scatter within oolitic grainstones from a range of geologic ages and diagenetic histories. The integrated NMR, digital image analysis, and petrographic data provide insights into depositional sediment-pore relationships, and how they can evolve with lithification.
April 8, 2019 – New paper Effect of bioturbation on petrophysical properties: Insights from geostatistical and flow simulation modeling has just been published in Marine and Petroleum Geology. This paper, by Hassan Eltom, Gene Rankey, Steve Hasiotis, and Reza Barati, numerically models burrow networks, evaluates their connectivity, and takes the models all the way to simulation to quantitatively assess their impact on flow. The paper is available on the Recent Reprints page for sponsors.
April 3, 2019 – The full schedule for the 2019 KICC Annual Review Meeting has been uploaded. You can find it in the Sponsor Pages section.
March 4, 2019 – New publication by Regina Yayong A and others, Simulating Yield Stress Variation Along Hydraulic Fracture Face Enhances Polymer Cleanup Modeling in Tight Gas Reservoirs, is available on the Recent Reprints page for Sponsors. This work was sponsored in part by support from KICC. The manuscript details how a three-phase simulator was developed to simulate the hydraulic fracture cleanup. Results show that fluid recovery increases with shut-in time, conductivity, and fracture length. Yield stress increases proportionally to the square of the fluid loss volume. Mechanically-induced damage with hydraulic damage is the most significant. Simulating yield stress variation along the fracture, therefore, is crucial to production.
January 23, 2019 – New publication by Gene Rankey and others, Seismic architecture of a Miocene isolated carbonate platform and associated off-platform strata (Central Luconia Province, offshore Malaysia), is available free to read or download at this link until mid-March: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1YRTAyDcGIMhx
The manuscript illustrates the internal geometry and seismic facies complexity of a Miocene isolated carbonate platform and documents interactions with flanking siliciclastics and highlights the role of syndepositional structural deformation on the carbonate system.
December 13, 2018 – Changes are coming to the website URL in January. KU will no longer be supporting websites with .dept in the URL. The carbonates.dept.ku.edu URL will be going away soon. This may impact your bookmarks. The URL carbonates.ku.edu is currently functional and will continue as our primary URL going forward. Please update your bookmarks by removing the .dept from their URLs at your convenience.
October 2, 2018 – Read in a new paper added to the Recent Reprints page for sponsors about a study that explores depositional influences on petrophysical variability of a tidal oolitic sand shoal. This paper, by Rankey, Goodner, and Doveton, focuses on a Pennsylvanian oolitic succession (Dewey Limestone, Missourian, Cutter Field, Kansas), describing sedimentological, geomorphical, and petrophysical attributes, and their relations. The results reveal that the distinct facies include differences in porosity, acoustic (compressional and shear) velocity, velocity anisotropy, and elastic moduli. In addition, apparent porosity exponents (ma) computed from log porosity and array induction deep resistivity reveal distinctions among facies. Geomorphological, sedimentological, and petrophysical similarities among the Dewey strata, Holocene analogs, and Pleistocene and Pennsylvanian shoals described in the paper illustrate how petrophysical trends can be influenced strongly by depositional framework and character.
August 23, 2018 – A new paper has been added to the Recent Reprints page for sponsors: To provide perspectives on syndepositional pores in ancient carbonate rocks (including aspects of pre-salt reservoirs), a new paper by Hubert et al. characterizes microbialite deposits of a Recent lake on Long Cay, Crooked–Acklins Platform, southern Bahamas. The goal of this actualistic study is to understand the influences of organic-matter source, abundance, and growth habit on carbonate depositional textures and associated pore attributes by characterizing both microscopic and macroscopic fabrics of Holocene microbialites. Results from both laboratory and field analyses at several scales indicate variation in fabric and preservation of porosity as a function of the growth habit and presence and abundance of organic matter, as well as the presence of Mg-silicates.
June 29, 2018 – One student thesis and AAPG poster have been added to the sponsor Recent Theses and Recent Reprints pages:
Erich de Zoeten, Diagenetic controls on porosity, thermal history, and hydrocarbons in the Wolfcamp A, eastern Midland Basin, Texas, M.S. thesis.
de Zoeten, E.G., Goldstein, R.H., 2018, Controls on Reservoir Quality of the Carbonates of the Wolfcamp A in the Eastern Midland Basin (Howard County, Texas): A Case for Active, Open-System Diagenesis. AAPG Poster. Description: Wolfcamp A strata along the basin margin, Howard County, eastern Midland Basin were used to evaluate the effect fluid flow on carbonate diagenesis of basinal carbonates. Stata show a complex paragenesis consisting of 31 diagenetic events. The burial stage was dominated by Permo-Triassic reflux and precipitation of calcite and anhydrite. The fracturing stage began during and after Laramide fracturing and preserved a record of repeated injection of hydrothermal fluids that had an impact on oil migration, generation, and porosity. These results show that the Wolfcamp A in this area behaved as an open system, and that Laramide structures should play a part in locating the best reservoir.
May 11, 2018 – Two new papers and six new abstracts have been added to the Sponsor recent reprints page. Two student theses have also been added to the Sponsor recent theses page:
Parrish, J. T., Hasiotis, S. T., and Chan, M. A., 2017, Carbonate Deposits in the Lower Jurassic Navajo Sandstone, Southern Utah and Northern Arizona, U.S.A. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 87, pp. 740-762.
Dorney, L. J., Parrish, J. T., Chan, M. A., and Hasiotis, S. T., 2017, Petrography and Environmental Interpretation of Tufa Mounds and Carbonate Beds in the Jurassic Navajo Sandstone of Southeastern Utah, U.S.A. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 87, pp. 967-985.
Parish, J. T., Hasiotis, S. T., and Chan, M. A., 2017, 135-9: Interdune Lakes of the Lower Jurassic Navajo Sandstone, Utah, USA. GSA Abstracts with Programs 49(6).
Parrish, J. T., Hyland, E. G., Chan, M. A., Hasiotis, S. T., and Dorney, L. J., 2017, 182-24: Construction of a Spring-Lake System in the Jurassic Navajo Sandstone, Utah-Evidence from Stable Isotopes of Oxygen and Carbon. GSA Abstracts with Programs 49(6).
Eltom, H., Gonzalez, L. A., Rankey, E. C., Hasiotis, S. T., and Cantrell, D., 2016, Middle-Upper Jurassic (Upper Callovian to Lower Kimmeridgian) Carbon Isotope Chemostratigraphy from Central Saudi Arabia. GSA Abstract.
Eltom, H., Hasiotis, S. T., Rankey, E. C., Gonzalez, L. A., and Cantrell, D., 2016, Integration of High-Resolution Sequence Stratigraphy and Ichnology of Jurassic (Oxfordian) Hanifa Formation, Central Saudi Arabia: Outcrop Study for Reservoir Quality Prediction. GSA Abstract.
Raisanen, D. C. W., and Hasiotis, S. T., 2015, Potential Affects of Vertebrate Burrows on Fluid Flow: An Example from the Morrison Formation, Southeast Utah. GSA Abstract.
Joshua D. Hogue, Ichnotaxonomy of the Eocene Green River Formation, Soldier Summit and Spanish Fork Canyon, Uinta Basin, Utah: Interpreting behaviors, lifestyles, and erecting the Cochlichnus Ichnofacies, M.S. thesis.
Sean R. Hammersburg, Ichnotaxonomy of the Cambrian Spence Shale Member of the Langston Formation, Wellsville
Mountains, northern Utah, U.S.A., M.S. thesis.
Three new papers added to the Sponsor reprints page:
Eltom et al., 2017 Impact of Upwelling On Heterozoan, Biosiliceous, and Organic-rich Deposits: Jurassic (Oxfordian) Hanifa Formation, Saudi Arabia
Eltom, H.A., et al., 2018. Paleogeographic and paleo-oceanographic influences on carbon isotope signatures: Implications for global and regional correlation, Middle-Upper Jurassic of Saudi Arabia
Liam J. Dorney, Judith Totman Parrish, Marjorie A. Chan, Stephen T. Hasiotis, 2017. Petrography and Environmental Interpretation of Tufa Mounds and Carbonate Beds in the Jurassic Navajo Sandstone of Southeastern Utah, U.S.A
Refer to reprints page for summaries of each document.
Sponsors now have a new way of accessing our content! As of December 15, 2017, access to the Sponsor Pages area of the site is attained via a user system. Simply log in to have access to all the pages. User information was sent out to all of our current sponsors on December 1, 2017.
The KICC Annual Review Meeting will be held March 11-13, 2018, on the campus of the University of Kansas, in Lawrence, KS. Detailed schedule to follow, but the meeting will include:
- Sunday (evening): icebreaker
- Monday (all day) and Tuesday (morning): Review of research results by oral and poster presentations.
- Tuesday (afternoon): Short course: Carbonate Petrophysics
Again….more details will follow.
The following recent KICC theses and dissertations are available to the sponsors:
Negar Nazari, Stability improvement of ScCO2 foam for enhanced oil recovery applications using polyelectrolytes and polyelectrolyte complex nanoparticles prepared in high salinity produced water, M.S. thesis.
Adisak Nawik, An environmentally friendly alternative for the conventional acids used in matrix acidizing and acid fracturing of carbonate reservoirs, M.S. thesis.
Charles C. Bose, Application of nanoparticles as proppants and breaker encapsulating agents, M.S. thesis.
Mat Edwards, The magnitude and rate of change of cell surface functional groups as a function of salinity: Implications for environments of microbially facilitated carbonate formation, M.S. thesis.
Maritha E. Huber, Relationships between foraminifera and geomorphology: Holocene, Crooked-Acklins Platform, southern Bahamas: M.S. thesis.
Jennifer G. Lowery, Controls on geomorphology and sedimentology of shoreface-breach ridge-lagoon systems on a low-energy carbonate ramp: Holocene, Northwestern Yucatan Shelf, Mexico, M.S. thesis.
Tony M. Pugliano, Fundamental stratigraphic, sedimentologic, and petrophysical elements of heterozoan carbonates: Grain-rich fining- and shoaling-upward cyclothems and clinothems: M.S. Thesis.
Ortega-Ariza, D., Sequence stratigraphy and depositional controls on Oligocene-Miocene Caribbean carbonate-dominated systems, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, Ph.D. dissertation.
Paula D. Richter, Revisiting Dolomitization in the Isla De Mona Isolated Carbonate Platform: Marine, Mixing, Reflux, or Biogenic? M.S. Thesis.
Rafferty J. Sweeney, Sequence stratigraphy and facies distribution in a Miocene carbonate platform: La Rellana platform area, southeastern Spain, M.S. Thesis.
Abdul Wahab, Porosity evolution associated with closely spaced disconformities, Mid-Cretaceous carbonate platform, Mexico, M.S. Thesis.
Adam Yoerg, Geochemical controls on sediment mineralogy and morphology in alkaline lakes: Western Sand Hills, Nebraska USA, Undergraduate research thesis.
Several new manuscripts are available in the sponsors section!
Nolte, K.A., Tsoflias, G.P., Bigdoli, T.S., and Watney, W.L., 2017, Shear-wave anisotropy reveals pore fluid pressure-induced seismicity in the U.S. midcontinent: Science Advances, v. 3, e1700443 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1700443. The paper shows that shear-wave (S-wave) anisotropy in southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma has changed orientation over a very short period of time, interpreted to be the result of pore pressure buildup in the region. This method has the potential to provide a useful tool to industry and regulators for managing induced seismicity risk by identifying regions of critically stressed rock by elevated pore fluid pressure.
Hanlon, C., Stotler, R., et al., 2017, Comparison of δ81Br and δ37Cl composition of volatiles, salt precipitates and associated water in terrestrial evaporative-saline lake systems: Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies, DOI: 10.1080/10256016.2017.1324856
Lowery, J.G., and Rankey, E.C, 2017, Nearshore influences of upwelling, waves, and currents on a tropical carbonate ramp: Holocene, Northwestern Yucatan Shelf, Mexico: Journal of Sedimentary Research, DOI: 10.2110/jsr.2017.32. This manuscript explores sedimentology of a Holocene ramp system impacted by upwelling, revealing an abundance of biosilicious material, a heterozoan-ish faunal association, and calcitic mud.
Rankey, E.C., 2017, Seismic architecture and seismic geomorphology of heterozoan carbonates: Eocene-Oligocene, Browse Basin, Northwest Shelf, Australia Article reference: Marine and Petroleum Geology, 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2017.02.011.
Golab, J.A., Smith, J.J., Clark, A.K., and Blome, C.D., 2017, Effects of Thalassinoides ichnofabrics on the petrophysical properties of the Lower Cretaceous Lower Glen Rose Limestone, Middle Trinity Aquifer, Northern Bexar County, Texas: Sedimentary Geology, v. 351, p. 1-10.
Golab, J.A., Smith, J.J., Clark, A.K., and Blome, C.D., 2017, Bioturbation-influenced fluid pathways within a carbonate platform system: The Lower Cretaceous (Aptian–Albian) Glen Rose Limestone: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeogeography, v. 465, p. 138-155.
Goldstein et al. integrate controls and history of hydrothermal fluid flow in the Midcontinent, including the Ordovician, Mississippian, and Pennsylvanian. It shows that there is a 5-stage evolution of the system and that the reservoir porosity and thermal history have structural controls. This will be published in the new AAPG Memoir on the Mississippian.
Li et al. quantify calcite cementation associated with meteoric diagenesis during a time of progressive uplift and long-term subaerial exposure. It will be published in Sedimentary Geology
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