– Aptian stratigraphy and hydrocarbon habitat of the eastern
Arabian Plate comprises 18 papers covering one of the most hydrocarbon-rich
stratigraphic intervals in the Middle East. They were written over
a period of two and a half years by more than 60 authors and co-authors
from industry, academia, geological surveys and research organisations,
and reviewed by 34 experts and the four editors (F.S.P. van Buchem,
.M.I. Al-Husseini, F. Maurer and H.J. Droste).
The two volumes
are the fourth of the series of GeoArabia Special Publications.
They are presented in 614 pages including more than 300 graphics
and several large enclosures, which illustrate a vast array of new
multi-disciplinary data and interpretations in high-resolution,
color-matched designs. The graphics illustrate fossils, chemostratigraphic
curves, 2-D and 3-D seismic, well logs, core, outcrop photos, maps
and much more. Every paper starts with a figure showing its study
area on a common late Early Aptian palaeogeographic basemap, followed
by a stratigraphic figure comparing the local stratigraphy to that
of the Arabian Plate synthesis; and in the GTS 2004 time scale.
These two figures carry the reader's eyes effortlessly across all
The major improvement
of our understanding of the Barremian – Aptian carbonate strata
can be directly applied by petroleum geoscientist and engineers,
both at the reservoir and exploration scales. It sets an example
for an integrated approach that is equally applicable to other stratigraphic
sea-level fluctuations recorded in the Arabian Plate are believed
to have a global expression which suggests the here presented conceptual
models can be extrapolated to other plates and basins.
Aptian stratigraphy and hydrocarbon habitat of the eastern Arabian
Plate papers are sequentially presented from regional synthesis
to field-scale case study:
Buchem et al. seamlessly tie, for the first time, the regional Barremian
to Lower Albian sequence stratigraphy and discuss its implications
on E&P. A wall-size enclosure shows traverses and maps that
span some two million square kilometres from northeast Africa to
the southern and eastern Arabian Plate.
• Schroeder et al. revise the Barremian to Early Albian orbitolinid
zonation scheme across northeast Africa and the Arabian Plate.
• Le Nindre et al. share the discovery of a rare ammonite
in Central Saudi Arabia that pins down the age of the maximum flooding
surface of the Aptian Supersequence.
• Vahrenkamp builds a chemostratigraphic framework for the
Aptian of Oman and the United Arab Emirates and compares it to other
• Vincent et al. combine chemo- and biostratigraphy into a
Barremian to Lower Albian framework for southwest Iran.
• Al-Husseini and Matthews date fourth- and third-order sequences
with an orbital-forcing model and compare it to the global sequences
in GTS 2004.
• Droste illustrates the regional evolution of the Shu’aiba
Platform and Bab Basin in the Sultanate of Oman.
• Hillgärtner describes the earliest Aptian lowstand
wedge along the Neo-Tethys margin corresponding to an exposure surface
over the Arabian Plate.
• Yose et al. and Strohmenger et al. build the sequence-stratigraphic
architecture for two adjacent giant Aptian fields in the United
• Al-Ghamdi and Read unravel the sequence-stratigraphic architecture
of the Shu'aiba reservoir in Saudi Arabia.
• Pierson et al. map the Upper Aptian lowstand seismic clinoforms
along the margin of the Bab Basin.
• Maurer et al. describe the facies, distribution, reservoir
and sealing potential of the Upper Aptian lowstand clinoforms.
• Raven et al. discover the Upper Aptian siliciclastic-filled,
incised valley system in offshore Qatar.
• van Buchem et al. cover the regional Barremian to Lower
Albian sequence stratigraphy for southwest Iran.
• Amthor et al. characterise the Shu'aiba reservoir along
the margin of the Bab Basin in the Sultanate of Oman.
• Warrlich et al. characterise the Shu'aiba reservoir in several
fields with sparse well control in Central Oman.
• Maili et al. map fracture intensity and orientation using
3D4C seismic attributes in the Shu'aiba reservoir in offshore Qatar.
9-48 Sequence-stratigraphic synthesis of the Barremian –
Aptian of the eastern Arabian Plate and implications for the petroleum
F.S.P. van Buchem, M.I. Al-Husseini, F. Maurer, H.J. Droste
and L.A. Yose
49-96 Revised orbitolinid biostratigraphic zonation for
the Barremian – Aptian of the eastern Arabian Plate and implications
for regional stratigraphic correlations
R. Schroeder, F.S.P. van Buchem, A. Cherchi, D. Baghbani, B.
A. Immenhauser and B. Granier
97-106 Aptian ammonite of the Sallah Formation, Central
Y.-M. Le Nindre, D. Vaslet and R. Busnardo
107-137 Chemostratigraphy of the Lower Cretaceous Shu’aiba
A d13C reference profile for the Aptian Stage from the
southern Neo-Tethys Ocean
139-197 Carbon-isotope stratigraphy, biostratigraphy and
organic matter distribution in the Aptian – Lower Albian successions
of southwest Iran (Dariyan and Kazhdumi formations)
B. Vincent, F.S.P. van Buchem, L.G. Bulot, A. Immenhauser, M.
D. Baghbani and A.Y. Huc
199-228 Tuning Late Barremian – Aptian Arabian Plate
and global sequences with orbital periods
M.I. Al-Husseini and R.K. Matthews
229-283 Sequence-stratigraphic framework of the Aptian Shu’aiba
Formation in the Sultanate of Oman
285-300 Anatomy of a microbially constructed, high-energy,
ocean-facing carbonate platform margin (earliest Aptian, northern
301 About the Editors
302-307 About the Referees
308 GeoArabia’s Team
Pocket Enclosure I (van Buchem et al., p. 9-48);
Enclosures I-1 and I-2 (Vincent et al., p. 139-197); Figure 17 (Droste,
309-340 Sequence-stratigraphic evolution of an Aptian carbonate
platform (Shu’aiba Formation), eastern Arabian Plate, onshore
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
L.A. Yose, C.J. Strohmenger, I. Al-Hosani, G. Bloch and Y. Al-Mehairi
341-365 Sedimentology and chemostratigraphy of the Hawar
and Shu’aiba depositional sequences, Abu Dhabi, United Arab
C.J. Strohmenger, T. Steuber, A. Ghani, D.G. Barwick, S.H.A.
Al-Mazrooei and N.O. Al-Zaabi
367-410 Facies-based sequence-stratigraphic framework of
the Lower Cretaceous rudist platform, Shu’aiba Formation,
N. Al-Ghamdi and F.J. Read
411-444 Seismic stratigraphy and depositional history of
the Upper Shu’aiba (Late Aptian) in the UAE and Oman
B.J. Pierson, G.P. Eberli, K. Al-Mehsin, S. Al-Menhali, G. Warrlich,
H.J. Droste, F. Maurer, J. Whitworth and D. Drysdale
445-468 Facies characteristics and architecture of Upper
Aptian Shu’aiba clinoforms in Abu Dhabi
F. Maurer, K. Al-Mehsin, B.J. Pierson, G.P. Eberli, G. Warrlich,
D. Drysdale and H.J. Droste
469-502 Late Aptian incised valleys and siliciclastic infill
at the top of the Shu’aiba Formation (Block 5, offshore Qatar)
M.J. Raven, F.S.P. van Buchem, P.-H. Larsen, F. Surlyk, H. Steinhardt,
D. Cross, N. Klem and M. Emang
503-548 Barremian - Lower Albian sequence stratigraphy of
southwest Iran (Gadvan, Dariyan and Kazhdumi formations) and its
comparison with Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates
F.S.P. van Buchem, D. Baghbani, L.G. Bulot, M. Caron, F. Gaumet,
A. Hosseini, F. Keyvani, R. Schroeder, R. Swennen, V. Vedrenne and
549-576 Reservoir characterisation of a Shu’aiba carbonate
ramp-margin field, northern Oman
J.E. Amthor, C. Kerans and P. Gauthier
577-604 Reservoir characterisation of data-poor fields with
regional analogues: A case study from the Lower Shu’aiba in
the Sultanate of Oman.
G. Warrlich, H. Hillgärtner, N. Rameil, J. Gittins, I.
Mahruqi, T. Johnson, D. Alexander, B. Wassing, M. Van Steenwinkel
and H.J. Droste
605-614 4C seismic anisotropy integration for fracture characterization
of carbonate reservoirs applied in Idd El Shargi fields, offshore
E. Maili, K.H. Habib and J. Rush
Pocket Figure 7 (Al-Ghamdi and Read, p. 367-410);
Enclosures I-1 and I-2 (van Buchem et al., p. 503-548)