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Van Tuyl Lecture: Davide Oppo, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
September 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Davide Oppo, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Berthoud 241, 4-5PM
Cold Seepage: A Window to the Deep Petroleum System
Abstract: The natural leakage of hydrocarbons, broadly defined as cold seepage, is a well-known phenomenon occurring in a wide range of geologic and geodynamic settings, including deep sea fans, convergent margins, and polar regions, with new seepage sites steadily discovered particularly on the ocean floor. Cold seeps drove the petroleum exploration since the first oil discoveries and are still widely used nowadays as economic tool to obtain a preliminary subsurface characterization in both frontier and mature basins. In this seminar I will present case study from Italy and Turkmenistan that highlight how the information derived from mud volcanoes could provide insights on the deep fluid sources and aid in future exploration strategies.