Sequence stratigraphic interpretation integrated with 3-D seismic attribute analysis in an intracratonic setting : Toolachee Formation, Cooper Basin, Australia

Krawczynski, Lukasz (2004) Sequence stratigraphic interpretation integrated with 3-D seismic attribute analysis in an intracratonic setting : Toolachee Formation, Cooper Basin, Australia. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This study integrates sequence stratigraphy of the Late Permian Toolachee Formation in the non-marine intracratonic Permian-Triassic Cooper Basin, Australia with 3-D seismic attribute analysis to predict the extent of depositional environments identified on wireline and well core data. The low resolution seismic data (tuning thickness 23 - 31 m) comprised of six seismic horizons allowed the successful testing of sequence stratigraphic interpretations of the productive Toolachee Formation that were based on wireline data. The analysis of 29 well logs and three 20 m core intervals resulted in the identification of eleven parasequences that comprise the building blocks of an overall transitional systems tract, characterised by a gradual increase in accommodation. The parasequences reflect cyclic transitions between braided and meandering fluvial systems as a result of fluctuations in sediment flux, possibly driven by Milankovitch climatic-forcing. The seismic horizon attribute maps image mostly the meandering fluvial bodies within the upper parts of the parasequences, but some maps image the lower amalgamated sand sheets and show no channel structures. Categorisation of the fluvial bodies in the overbank successions reflects a gradual decrease in sinuosity, channel width, and channel belt width up-section, supporting the overall increase in accommodation up-section. Similar acoustic impedance values for shales and sands do not suggest successful seismic forward modelling between the two lithologies. Geological interpretations suggest most imaged channel fill to be made up predominantly of fine sediments, as channel avulsion and abandonment is common and increases with time. Seismic forward modelling resulted in the interpretation of carbonaceous shale as a possible channel fill, supporting the geological interpretations. The three major identified fluvial styles; braided, meanders, and distributaries are potential targets for future exploration. Extensive sand sheets deposited from braided fluvial systems require structural traps for closure. Meandering and anastomosing channel systems represent excellent stratigraphic traps, such as the basal sands/gravels of laterally accreted point bars.

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ID Code: 16087
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Huftile, Gary
Keywords: Toolachee Formation, Patchawarra Formation, Cooper basin, Eromanga basin, 3D seismic reflection, seismic attribute analysis, nonmarine sequence stratigraphy, coal, fluvial systems, Permian, nonmarine parasequences, Queensland.
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Department: Faculty of Science
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 03:56
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:40

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