Doctoral Dissertations

Reflection seismic interpretation of deepwater fold-thrust structures, Niger Delta

Keywords and Phrases

Deepwater data interpretation


"Published bathymetric maps and regional seismic profiles across the lower continental slope and rise indicate the existence of laterally extensive fold-thrust belts (FTBs) at the toe of the Niger Delta. These Niger Delta FTBs are therefore situated along a passive (divergent) plate margin. In general, passive margins are associated with extensional deformation whereas fold-thrust belts are usually associated with compressional deformation and other tectonic processes related to active (convergent) plate margins. The foreland regions of active plate margins rather than passive margins are therefore examples of conventional locations of FTBs. The Niger Delta FTBs offer a unique opportunity to study FTBs that are non-conventional in that they developed in a passive margin environment. The primary goals of this research are to elucidate the overall compressional deformation regime responsible for the formation of the FTBs at the toe of the Niger Delta, the thrusting mechanisms, and the prospectivity of these thrust faults as potential hydrocarbon traps."--Introduction, page 1.


Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Geology and Geophysics


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Spring 2004


xxii, 203 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 196-201).

Geographic Coverage

Niger River Delta (Nigeria)


© 2004 Atinuke Olubinmi Akingbade, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Dissertation - Citation

File Type




Subject Headings

Folds (Geology) -- Nigeria -- Niger River Delta
Thrust faults (Geology) -- Nigeria -- Niger River Delta
Seismic reflection method

Thesis Number

T 8539

Print OCLC #


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