Implications for Petroleum Geology

  • Andrew D. Miall


The purpose of this chapter is to discuss the practicalities of sequence-stratigraphic methods as applied to problems in petroleum geology. Inevitably, the work by Vail and his colleagues receives much attention because this Exxon “school” has dominated research in this area. Section 17.2 comments on research methods, while Section 17.3 discusses two practical examples. An analysis of the origins of the Exxon school of thought is provided in the final chapter (Sect. 18.6), with an attempt to arrive at an understanding of how some of the research seems to have led geologists into blind alleys. There are implications here for how petroleum geologists, particularly those in industry, should carry out comparable research in the future.


System Tract Sequence Boundary Petroleum Geology Transgressive System Tract Petroleum Geologist 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew D. Miall
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  1. 1.Department of GeologyUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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