GEOCHEMICAL ANALYSES MAY INDICATE OIL KITCHEN NEAR SEYCHELLES BANK

Phillip S. Plummer Seychelles National Oil Co. Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles The regular occurrence of tarballs on beaches in the Seychelles archipelago attests to the presence of a mature and generating hydrocarbon kitchen in the Mesozoic succession on and/or adjacent to the Seychelles bank. Since 1978 many tarballs have been collected and analyzed from Coetivy Island (Fig. 1) while, despite a seemingly annual occurrence of tarballs on the main island of Mahe and nearby Silhouette some 300-350 km

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