Definition of the B Salt Edge of Southern Limb of the Michigan Basin Using Seismic Techniques

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Geological and Environmental Sciences

First Advisor

Dr. Gerry Clarkson

Second Advisor

W. Thomas Straw

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Masters Thesis-Abstract Only

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In the southern Michigan Basin potential hydrocarbon traps are formed by salt collapse structures caused by postdepositional leaching of the B salt in the Silurian Salina Group. These salt collapse structures have been misinterpreted as pinnacle reefs in seismic data. A geologic model for the salt collapse structure is developed and used to construct a synthetic seismic section. By using a synthetic seismic section for a salt collapse structure, as compared to the synthetic section for a pinnacle reef, salt collapse features are clearly seen on two seismic lines in the southern Michigan Basin. Reproduced

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