Stratigraphic and sedimentological characterisation of the Late Cretaceous post-rift intra Lange Sandstones of the Gimsan Basin and Grinda Graben (Halten Terrace, Norwegian Sea)

Domenico Chiarella, Daniel Joel

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Deep-marine gravity-driven deposits represent one of the more investigated depositional systems due to their potential interest as target for exploration and carbon capture and storage activities, as well as an important record of the depositional history of a basin through time. Although the Halten Terrace (Norwegian Sea) is one of the main successful exploration areas, we still have poor understanding of the post-rift Cretaceous interval. Here, 3D seismic reflection and borehole data are integrated to investigate the stratigraphic distribution and sedimentological characteristics of the Cenomanian-Turonian intra Lange Sandstones in the Gimsan Basin and Grinda Graben. The Lange Formation records the deposition in a deep-marine environment of a thousand meter thick shale unit punctuated by tens of meters thick gravity-driven coarse-grained sandstone intervals sourced from the Norwegian mainland. The presence of gravity-driven deposits and the deep-marine setting is supported by seismic interpretation, architectural elements and the facies analysis of cored material acquired within the studied stratigraphic interval. Borehole data indicate the presence of both turbidites and hybrid-event beds rich in mud content. The results of this study have implications for the understanding of the distribution and reservoir potentiality of the Late Cretaceous Lange Formation in the Halten Terrace.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-197
Number of pages19
JournalGeological Society of London Special Publication
Early online date17 Dec 2021
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sept 2022

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