Caribbean source rocks may point toward buried treasure

Despite its significance as a source of oil and gas on the doorstep of the US market, the Caribbean offshore region is poorly explored, especially in the deep water. Click here to enlarge imageExploration Consultants Ltd. (ECL) and Inseis-Terra have completed an appraisal of the Caribbean that recognizes 63 offshore basins situated on eight different types of crust or hybrid crust (Fig. 1).Till now, source rocks have not been systematically appraised for the Caribbean partly due to the paucity of exploration but also due to the complexity of its geodynamic evolution. The key to understanding regional source rock potential lies in placing the source rocks in a proper geotectonic context a...

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