Collecting the data

  • Andrew D. Miall


A successful basin analysis requires the collection and integration of several, perhaps many, different kinds of data. Direct observation of the rocks themselves may or may not be fundamental to the study. In the case of a surface geological project it will be preeminent, though perhaps supplemented by geochemical and geophysical information, plus laboratory analysis of collected samples. For subsurface petroleum studies actual rock material available for examination may be very limited, consisting of well cuttings from rotary drilling, plus a few short cores. Geophysical well logs and regional seismic lines may provide at least as important a part of the total data base. Investigations for stratabound ores and minerals typically employ networks of diamond drill holes from which continuous core normally is available. This provides a wealth of material for analysis, although certain types of observation, such as analysis of sedimentary structures, may be difficult or impossible in such small-diameter core.


Bedding Plane Sedimentary Structure Trace Fossil Clastic Rock Stratigraphic Section 
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  • Andrew D. Miall
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  1. 1.Department of GeologyUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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