2004 24th Annual GCSSEPM Foundation Bob F. Perkins Research Conference
Case Studies for the 21st Century"
December 5-8, 2004, Houston, Texas
Salt bodies are often associated with hydrocarbon deposits, which may ultimately result in profits. This simple observation, made early in the history of oil and gas exploration, has led to an ongoing focus on understanding the interrelationship between salt, sediment, and hydrocarbons. In the late 1980's, the paradigm of "rooted" salt representing economic basement began to change. During the 1990's, enthusiasm spawned by subsalt and world-class salt-related discoveries in the Gulf of Mexico fostered a surge in exploration in salt basins throughout the world. The GCSSEPM recognized the complexity of salt tectonics and evolving concepts associated with the role of salt in petroleum systems at Research Conferences in 1989 and 1995. Our concepts and models of salt, sediment, and hydrocarbons continue to evolve. Therefore, we believe it is time to reassess the state of our knowledge with the 24th Annual GCSSEPM Foundation Bob F. Perkins Research Conference, "Salt-Sediment Interactions and Hydrocarbon Prospectivity: Concepts, Applications, and Case Studies for the 21st Century."
This conference represents an international event with authors from Australia, Brazil, France, Great Britain, Norway, Poland, Scotland, and the United States. Papers will be presented in the following areas: New Techniques in Modeling, Salt Body Delineation, Diapirs and Diapirism, Extension and Inversion, The Role of Salt in Regional & Basin-scale Tectonics, Salt in Contractional Settings (Foldbelts), Salt in the Gulf of Mexico - General, Salt-Sediment Interaction, Salt and Hydrocarbons, and Shale Tectonics. The conference CD will be a valuable reference containing manuscripts from each author, including those providing only poster sessions.