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Physical Principles of Sedimentary Basin Analysis

By: Magnus Wangen

544 pages, 245 b/w illus. 28 tables

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Jan 2010 | #184477 | ISBN-13: 9780521761253
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Presenting a rigorous treatment of the physical and mechanical basis for the modelling of sedimentary basins, this book supplies geoscientists with practical tools for creating their own models. It begins with a thorough grounding in properties of porous media, linear elasticity, continuum mechanics and rock compressibility. Chapters on heat flow, subsidence, rheology, flexure and gravity consider sedimentary basins in the context of the Earth's lithosphere, and the book concludes with coverage of pore space cementation, compaction and fluid flow.

The volume introduces basic, state-of-the-art models and demonstrates how to reproduce results using tools like MATLAB and Octave. Main equations are derived from first principles, and their basic solutions obtained and then applied. Separate notes sections supply more technical details, and the text is illustrated throughout with real-world examples, applications and test exercises. This is an accessible introduction to quantitative modelling of basins for graduate students, researchers and oil industry professionals.

...I recommend this book to all specialists in sedimentary geology (and, particularly, basin analysis), geophysics, tectonics, and, possibly, geomorphology. In addition to professionals in these disciplines, some graduate and postgraduate students with good skills in mathematics may find this book useful as a source of some advanced knowledge. Generally, the work is a new significant contribution to the understanding of the complex Earth dynamics. Well done! Dmitry A. Ruban, The Sedimentary Record Book Review


Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Preliminaries; 2. Properties of porous media; 3. Linear elasticity and continuum mechanics; 4. Compressibility of rocks and sediments; 5. Burial histories; 6. Heat flow; 7. Subsidence; 8. Rheology: fracture and flow; 9. Flexure of the lithosphere; 10. Gravity and gravity anomalies; 11. Quartz cementation of sandstones; 12. Overpressure and compaction: exact solutions; 13. Fluid flow: basic equations; 14. Fluid flow: examples; 15. Wells; 16. Appendix: Fourier series, the discrete Fourier transform and the fast Fourier transform; References; Index.

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Magnus Wangen has worked in the field of sedimentary basin-modelling since the late 1980s - conducting research on a wide range of topics. He obtained a Dr. Scient. degree in applied mathematics from University of Oslo in 1993 with a thesis on the modelling of heat- and fluid-flow in sedimentary basins. Since the early 1990s he has developed two complementary basin simulators used by the oil industry. The first simulator deals with heat flow on a lithospheric scale, fluid flow, compaction, overpressure in sedimentary basins through the geo-history, while the second simulates hydrocarbon generation and migration. He is currently a research scientist at the Institute for Energy Technology in Norway. This book is based on a course in basin analysis that Dr Wangen taught for a number of years while an Assistant Professor at UNIK (an affiliate of University of Oslo at Kjeller).

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