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The Influence of Growth Faults on Submarine Canyons Development in the Niger Delta
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  • ThankGod Ujowundu,
  • Vincent Delhaye-Prat,
  • Abimbola Aigbe,
  • Totalenergies Sr.
ThankGod Ujowundu

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Vincent Delhaye-Prat
Abimbola Aigbe
Totalenergies Sr.


This study explores geomorphology within canyons using 3D seismic imaging. It reveals crucial insights that underscore the relationship between growth faults, slope instability, and canyon development. The structural settings of canyons, often conforming to established patterns, come to light as integral components of the study. An important observation was made: the gradient, a first-order factor, exerts significant control over both canyon initiation and propagation. Furthermore, the distribution of growth faults, a major catalyst for slope instability, holds an indirect yet profound link to sediment routing within canyons and the ancient geography of the region. These findings not only enhance our understanding of canyon evolution but also play a crucial role in interpreting reservoir distribution, marking them as invaluable assets in some geological exploration and reservoir management. 
07 Nov 2023Submitted to ESS Open Archive
11 Dec 2023Published in ESS Open Archive