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Ichnological analysis of core and outcrop contourite facies: scientific and economic implications

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city: EGHAM
postcode: TW20 0EX

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2017
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2019
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2019-03-01   to  2021-02-28


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 Project objective

Deep water dynamic causes different types of currents which produce complex deposits called in general terms as contourites. These deposits have a high interest in palaeoenvironment, palaeoceanography and hydrocarbon exploration being considered as a hot topic with scientific and economic implications. In spite of numerous studies they are still poorly understood and there are some controversial points about their recognition. Deep-water currents are associated to notable changes in environmental parameters influenced by ocean/atmosphere dynamic and palaeoclimatic variations. In this sense, the study of contourites provides information to interpret palaeoenvironmental changes and associated processes. Moreover, contourites have an economic importance, associated to hydrocarbon exploration, in relation to reservoir quality, store and seal rock distribution. Bioturbation was firstly considered as a diagnostic criterion as contourites and mixed systems have significant macrobenthic trace-makers activity. During the last years, ichnological analysis has suffered a huge development being one of the most used proxies in sedimentary basin to interpret palaeoenvironmental conditions and ocean/atmosphere dynamic. Moreover, analysis of bioturbation is also interesting for hydrocarbon exploration as trace fossils can modify porosity and permeability of sediments affecting the potential reservoir quality. Therefore, considering the scarcity of ichnological studies in contourites, but evidencing the importance of bioturbation as a potential diagnostic criterion, the influence in porosity and permeability values and its economic interest, the present proposal will be focused, for the first time, on the detailed ichnological analysis of these deposits, with two main objectives: firstly, to characterize ichnological content of contourite deposits; and secondly, to determine the influence of trace fossils in hydrocarbon exploration and its economic implications.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Dirk Knaust, Javier Dorador, Francisco J. Rodríguez-Tovar
Burrowed matrix powering dual porosity systems – A case study from the Maastrichtian chalk of the Gullfaks Field, Norwegian North Sea
published pages: 104158, ISSN: 0264-8172, DOI: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2019.104158
Marine and Petroleum Geology 113 2020-03-05
2020 Javier Dorador, Francisco J. Rodríguez-Tovar, Jürgen Titschack
Exploring computed tomography in ichnological analysis of cores from modern marine sediments
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-57028-z
Scientific Reports 10/1 2020-03-05
2019 Dorador, Javier Rodríguez-Tovar, Francisco J. Mena, Anxo Frnacés, Guillermo
Lateral variability of ichnological content in muddy contourites: Weak bottom currents affecting organisms’ behavior
published pages: 17713, ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-54246-3
Scientific Reports 9 2019-12-16
2019 Olmo Miguez-Salas, Javier Dorador, Francisco J. Rodríguez-Tovar
Introducing Fiji and ICY image processing techniques in ichnological research as a tool for sedimentary basin analysis
published pages: 1-9, ISSN: 0025-3227, DOI: 10.1016/j.margeo.2019.03.013
Marine Geology 413 2019-09-02
2019 Dorador, Javier; Rodríguez-Tovar, Francisco J.; Mena, Anxo; Francés, Guillermo
Ichnofabric analysis of contouritic deposits from the NW Iberian margin
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3257662
15th International Ichnofabric Workshop 1 2019-09-04

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