• The Hammer June 2016

  • The Gstt

    - 23rd January 2022


How many of you did a module or studied compaction while you read for your degrees in geosciences? We'd bet, not many; none of the coauthors in this paper did and yet the process is ubiquitous. In our experience its impact is infrequently considered and when it is the focus is usually on the rock mechanics of the process. In this article we will shy away from the theory and will focus on the results of experiments from block 25 a off the east coast of Trinidad, examples from outcrops on the Manzanilla coast and some observations from the North Sea to show how surfaces deform and why the modified shapes can be used to predict to lithology.