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Fluid flow in the northern Broad Fourteens Basin during Late Cretaceous inversion

Author: Bouw, L. · Oude Essink, G.H.P.
Source:Geologie en Mijnbouw/Netherlands Journal of Geosciences, 1, 82, 55-69
Identifier: 237014
Keywords: Geosciences · Basin inversion · Broad Fourteens Basin · Meteoric water infiltration · Netherlands North Sea · Numerical models · Sedimentary basins · basin evolution · Cretaceous · fluid flow · hydrogeology · sedimentary basin · sedimentation · structural geology · tectonic evolution · tectonic inversion · tectonics · North Sea · Geological Survey Netherlands · Energy / Geological Survey Netherlands


A basin-scale hydrogeological study of the inverted northern Broad Fourteens Basin, Netherlands offshore, has resulted in a reconstruction of geological evolution, an estimate of Late Cretaceous topography and model scenarios of syn-inversion meteoric water infiltration. This study was performed in the scope of a basin-scale analysis of the hydrogeological setting and hydrodynamic evolution of the Broad Fourteens Basin. This analysis is aimed at obtaining quantitative knowledge of depositional history and hydrogeological parameters, and qualitative knowledge of hydrodynamic evolution of the Broad Fourteens Basin from Carboniferous to present-day. We present an overview of the tectonic and depositional history, the most likely hydrogeological setting and model scenarios of Late Cretaceous meteoric water infiltration in the northern Broad Fourteens area. We constructed a detailed south-west north-east geological cross-section of the present-day northern Broad Fourteens Basin, and reconstructed Late Cretaceous basin geometry and topography. Using this geometry in a numerical model of density-dependent topography-driven fluid flow, we modelled several scenarios of meteoric water infiltration with estimated ranges of basin-scale permeabilities and water table head. Results indicate that a deep freshwater lens was developed during Late Cretaceous inversion, if the basin-scale hydraulic conductivity of the Rijnland and Altena Groups was at least 1·10-9 to 1·10-10 m/s, which is in general the highest value for claystones.