A stunning beach and most interesting Hercynian belt, geological area (Bretagne & Normandy) that we fully enjoyed during our fieldwork.
(Long ago. Bretagne-Normandy excursion with prof. dr. E. den Tex, drs. H. Koning and André, Ray, Wilbert, Arie. Géologie, gastronomie, œnologie. Et menhirs, dolmen, cairn, cromlech…. le patrimoine néolithique de Carnac en Bretagne).
Mn and Mg-rich garnets: HP/HT (18 kbar/450 *C).
A garnet isograd, trending NNE–SSW, divides the island into two parts: with and without garnet to the east and west, respectively.
In the eastern part, P and T conditions are estimated as 16–18 kbar and 450 C from Mn and Mg-rich garnets.
Kinematic records of subduction and exhumation in the Ile de Groix blueschists (Hercynian belt; Western France)
Melody Philippon*, Jean Pierre Brun, Fre ́de ́ric Gueydan Ge ́osciences Rennes UMR 6118 CNRS, Universite ́ de Rennes 1, 35042 Rennes Cedex, France;
Journal of Structural Geology 31 (2009) 1308–1321
Pls. visit if you have (make) the opportunity.
The ferry boats leave from the city of Lorient. Compagnie Océane, Gare maritime de Lorient (ferry terminal), 2, rue Gilles Gahinet – 56100 Lorient.
Sun bathing on HP/HT red garnets, dans la Douce France, mais oui, oui, certainement, bien sûr.
Bonne visite !
Simon Raven, Copywriter Travel & Tech | Co-Author Driving the Trans-Siberian
Beautiful landscape. Art and boxing. Hands that are delicate as they are fierce!
Thanks for your sharp comment.
That was one of the things that amazed me.
While we used to watch him painting, in the evening, in his own painter’s corner along the boulevard. That we often visited.
How is this possible?
With those same boxer’s hands, knuckles and fingers ?
To produce such beautiful pieces of art.
Reason why I ventured to ask him to make this specific painting.
That certainly requires some inner boxing fury.
To express the dynamism and geotectonic fury that formed this coastal mountain range and landscape ?
Faults and transtensional, transpressional, compressional structures, mountains, the result of stresses produced during the large eastward translation of the Caribbean plate since the Paleocene…etc. etc. etc.
Baruch Spinoza or Benedictus de Spinosa is the most important philosopher of The Netherlands.
In tandem with Desiderius Erasmus who preceded him with a century.
They are in the same exclusive major league of philosophers. With Immanuel Kant, David Hume, John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Voltaire, René Descartes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau etc. etc.
He lived his last 6 years in this house where he died, probably due to silicosis, a lung disease, at age 44 in 1677. It is located in the Netherlands, The Hague.
Close to the city centre and top three Kee Lun Palace, Fat Kee, Full Moon Dim Sum & Hot Pot in China Town, within others…
In this house he finished his famous work Ethica.
These are my own pictures, partly, and musings. Info is also taken from books, internet and Wikipedia.
Ethics, Demonstrated in Geometrical Order (Latin: Ethica, ordine geometrico demonstrata), usually known as the Ethics, is a philosophical treatise written when just 32-33 years old. Between 1664 – 1665 and first published when about to die, in 1677.
I ventured to read and tried to understand this book as a student in Lugdunum Batavorum. Also bought several other Spinosa books (…as well as Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, the philosopher with the hammer). In Boekhandel De Slegte and Atheneum in Amsterdam.
No, not yet. No Amazon.com or Bol.com for easy and fast online acquisitions. Just slow. Take the train from Leiden, via Haarlem to Amsterdam where you stroll along the whole day.
No hurry, just slow and peacefull nostalgic living. Those were the days…
Regularly I attended additionally lectures on other famous philosophers. By the Philosophy Department in the main Groot-Auditorium with its alluring stained glasses. As well as interesting presentations and analysis of Shakespeare and The Bible. In the historical Academie Gebouw building of 1516. One was stimulated also to attend for free, extra-curricular subjects and discussions: ” Studium Generale “.
It is perhaps the most ambitious attempt to apply the method of Euclid in philosophy.
Spinoza puts forward a small number of definitions and axioms from which he attempts to derive hundreds of propositions and corollaries, such as
“When the Mind imagines its own lack of power, it is saddened by it”,
“A free man thinks of nothing less than of death”, and
“The human Mind cannot be absolutely destroyed with the Body, but something of it remains which is eternal.”
Baruch Spinoza (24 November 1632 in Amsterdam – 21 February 1677 in The Hague) was a Dutch philosopher of Portuguese Jewish origin. He is considered to be one of the great Rationalist philosophers of the 17th century. Other famous rationalists include Gottfried Leibniz and René Descartes.
Spinoza’s ideas were not cherished by the Jewish community in Amsterdam of the time. He was excommunicated at age 24 in 1656.
An important idea in Spinoza’s philosophy is God and Nature, everything that exists, are the same thing. Opposing Dualism, Spinoza said that the body and the mind (soul) are two of God’s infinite attributes.
There is no good or evil in Nature, and that these words only have meanings for human beings. For a person, an event that leads to happiness is good, and an event that leads to suffering is bad.
Spinoza describes two (2) types of thoughts, or emotions:
When a person acts from his own nature, he is said to be Active. The more you understand your actions, the more active you become. Active emotions lead to happiness and an understanding of God, as well as to Freedom.
When a person is being influenced by another person, or a thing, he is said to be Passive.
The goal of every person is to intellectually love God (that is, understand Nature as much as humanly possible).
P.D. & Musings
Looking out from the window in the Spinoza House you see this street of my last photo.
Highly frequented by gents. In an elusive search to acquire a few minutes of undisclosed solitary happiness.
The big bang for their bucks?
I do not know if this famous street already existed in Spinosa’s time. If so, it would have been his window view to the outside world. Stepping out of his house for a break and stroll, when writing his famous Ethica, he would have walked straight into this boulevard of elusive and broken wet dreams.
How would the contents of his Ethica have then looked like?
If this lively street had already existed and had surrounded, immerged and assimilated him by then. Would he have included specific deep philosophical thoughts on this item ?
Similar to the effect the immersion had on Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa.
Known as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the French painter, printmaker, draughtsman, caricaturist, and illustrator whose immersion in the colourful and theatrical life of Paris in the late 19th century ?
Count Henry lived in Montmartre, a part of Paris that was famous for its bohemia people, artists, poets, philosophers and poor students. He was called “the soul of Montmartre”. And often visited the nightclubs such as the Moulin Rouge
Yes. This whole atmosphere inspired him to produce a candid tribute. A precious collection of enticing, elegant, and provocative images of the modern, sometimes decadent, affairs of those times. So often used for posters throughout time.
And Pablo Picasso, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (The Young Ladies of Avignon) a 1907 cubist painting. It was inspired and represented five women in a brothel.
Similar to Gabriel García Marquez, GGM ?
Who lived in Cartagena as a poor, rookie journalist. And often sought and found refuge such as to pernoctate, in a cheap house of joy. Bread-and-breakfast-all-inclusive? A period that inspired him with many thoughts and themes as expressed in a sublimated and camouflated way in many different parts of his 35+ Nobel Prize works.
Even in GGM’s last, post prize 2009 novel ? A candid veiled tribute. Unveiled at age 82 ?
All immersed, influenced and literary inspired by this setting. Not again Charles Beaudelaire’s Parisian capo lavoro from 1857, Les Fleurs du mal. Or Big Sur, Henry Miller, with numerous. Neither Pedro Juan Gutiérrez, also with various, such as his Trilogía sucia de La Habana from 1999.
His reputation suffered after announcing to the New Yorker in 1994 that he had been “a great prostitute man” during his marriage to Patricia Hale, and declined further in 2008 after admitting to his biographer Patrick French a long-running affair with Margaret Gooding in which he was “very violent”.
V. Naipaul, Nobel Prize literature, 2001.
Last but not least least. Absolutely. The infamous and famous L.A. wordsmith and barfly. The laureate of lowlife that wrote about the wild side of life, unpolished or mundane as it could be.
” When I came it was in the face of everything decent, white sperm dripping down over the heads and souls of my dead parents. If I had been born a woman I would certainly have been a prostitute. Since I had been born a man, I craved women constantly, the lower the better. And yet women, good women frightened me because they eventually wanted your soul, and what was left of mine, I wanted to keep.
Basically I craved prostitutes, base women, because they were deadly and hard and made no personal demands. Nothing was lost when they left. Yet at the same time I yearned for a gentle, good woman, despite the overwhelming price. Either way I was lost. A strong man would give up both. I wasn’t strong. So I continued to struggle with women, with the idea of women.”
Fertile food for musings and speculations of philosophers and Spinosa specialists ?
Maybe, a Ph.D. thesis needed to unravel…: ” Baruch Spinoza and the influence of his red front street on Ethica “?
This street is one of the several ones in The Hague.
An unintentional, coincidentally candid tribute to Ethica and Baruch Spinoza ?
A Red Light Street.
” But all things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.
End of the Ethics by Benedict de Spinoza”.
One click away and for nothing. For your free, leisure weekends. Alternatively also when you get bored?
During your long flight to Houston while sitting in your KLM Business Class chair?
During your regular stops while trailing the 777 km of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, starting in Roncesvalles, with your heavy backpack?
On the beach of Pirate Bay accompanied by a Cuba Libre with ron Diplomático and Orquesta Guayacán through your headphone?
After watching your favourite team loose 1-2 in Mordovia Arena, Saransk, Russia?
These paintings in acryl were created by my dear wife. She is a painter and artist as well, within others.
She studied at art academies in Venezuela, the Netherlands, Spain, Madrid.
Also Suriname, Paramaribo at Nola Hatterman Art Academy. With guidance of Wilgo Vijfhoven and Rinaldo Klas. Two well known, colourful local and international well-known artists, both with their own unique art style.
She is really fascinated by painting geological features in an expressionistic style in her creations. This inspired by the fact that we talk a lot about geology, petroleum exploration etc. etc.
Certainly a stiff competitor of Janis Joplin’s Porsche 356 C 1600 cabriolet of 1964.
For just US$ 1.8 million, most recently sold & acquired.
Alternatively? Just simplistic, Out-of-the-Box thinking ?
(…Why not, sure, not a 54 years old one.
But a Brand new Porsche 718 Boxster cabriolet 2018 for just US$ 57.400 @ Dealer. Thus.
31 New ones instead of just 1 JJ. Have them 31-different-creative-versions-styled-and-painted as you heart wishes.
Certainly, make sure, also One (1) exact copy of JJ’s. Then.
Most fortunate with 31 different, unique-one-of-a-kind new Porsche 718 Boxster cabriolets.
Each day another one.
In tandem with your new, clean socks in your red-soled Christian Louboutin shoes. And Derek Rose Otis pure silk boxer underwear under your Porsche Design Denim, Yves Saint Laurent and D&G jeans.
Each and every (…working…) day another one.
During the whole month.
Sure, pls. do not forget, you will also need a 31 size garage.
Tip: after some time, that time will certainly come, when you are really bored of them all ?
Sell them all and each for some US 1.8 million…?
(sure…first ask Mick Jagger, Tom Jones, Elton John, Romeo Santos, Shakira, Marc Anthony etc. etc. to touch them at least once, sign them. And also go for a fast James-Dean-type-of-drive, to create the legacy, that later pays off. Note, don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy (Eagles). A super high ROI.
This as you will always find car lovers dearly willing and most able to pay that legacy amount).
In addition to ” Casas y Terrenos Baratos “.
Re.: Photography by Dan Giannopoulos – BBC News, In Pictures, June 12th, 2018.
36. Geo-Art: Liza in 2008. Deep Sea Fans and Canyon Heads
Deep sea fans and canyon head deposits on the Continental Shelf, Guiana-Suriname Basin, 2008.
This is geo-art based on petroleum exploration geosciences.
Acryl paintings made in 2008.
Eight years before giant Liza 2015 offshore discovery. She was still on the waiting list. ” In-statu-nascendi “. Patiently waiting to be magnificently drilled and discovered by ExxonMobil.
An artistic expression of already a common situation offshore Guiana-Suriname Basin.
In my geo-mind ?
I had already imagined, constructed, admired, cherished and unveiled them.
Representing the giant Berbice canyon and its head, funnelling and guiding prospective turbidites. Slope, channel complexes and deeps fans. That were supplied by their provenance area on the Guyana Shield hinterland. Debouching and deposited via mainly 3 canyons, on the continental slope and splaying further onto the abyssal plain deep offshore.
From Lower Cretaceous times onwards.
Much later to become very popular leads, prospects and eventually giant petroleum fields, in 2015. In the Upper Cretaceous and Tertiary sediments. Sparking the ongoing Black Gold Rush.
These paintings were hanging on the walls of my office in Staatsolie.
The play concept and petroleum habitat. Beautifully painted in acrylic. Impressionism, Vincent Van Gogh style ?
Already in 2008.
Pre-discovery time ?
” Petroleum is first found in the mind of the explorer “.
Liza…and 12 others, at April 2019, already 5.5+ billion bbls recoverable reserves,
some 15 remaining propects just in Stabroek License,
Orinduik, much more to come.
Also in nearby licenses and in Suriname (Block 58).
I had the privilige to work on the whole Guiana-Suriname Basin for an extended time. Serving also Staatsolie, Suriname as an exploration advisor.
Part of this technical work I presented in december 2009. On offshore Guiana-Suriname Basin. A summary of the whole gamut of play types, leads and their prospectivity. In tandem herewith the newly re-defined licence blocks on offer in Suriname, then mainly open. This in line of the strategy to actively promote offshore Suriname to IOC’s. Now most fortunately most licensed. Even Demerara High area.
Mind you. No fuzzing and fighting. No public discussions. No uncertainties. All transparent. Black on white. Professionally. Signed.
Beforehand, of course, a most clear view and strategy. A pre-defined level playing field set. What exactly do we want. What exactly we do not want. Who do we want. Who do we not want. Like it or not. No complaints. Negotiated, give and take, no-yes-no-yes-no-Yezzz. Agreed, mutually, sure-about-it? Yes, signed, silent and go for it.
Staatsolie, is a unique role model. For developing countries. Founded and grown up from scratch. Within others by geologist Dr. Eddie Jharap himself, the first and longstanding managing director. Please read his interesting book and biography on how he did it. Awesome.
A grown-up and fully respected oil firm. With both technical and managerial grounded expertise in the whole value chain of oil and gas. Amazing, they did it on their own, they did it their way. Silently.
Dr. Jharap was about to finish his studies with structural geologist professor L.U. de Sitter. When I arrived as a green rookie at our mutual Alma Mater, Leiden.
My presentation was in Trinidad, Port of Spain during the Caribbean Energy Conference.
These 2 paintings were created by my dear wife. She is a painter and artist as well, within others. She studied at art academies in Venezuela, the Netherlands, Spain, Madrid. Sranankondre, Paramaribo at Nola Hatterman Art Academy, with guidance of two well known, splendid and colorful local artists, Wilgo Vijfhoven and Rinaldo Klas.
She accompanied me during the presentation. Is really fascinated by the dynamics of the canyons, turbidites and deep fans.
These paintings were made by her on my request.
First presented, during her art exhibition titled ” A Tribute to Suriname ” in April 2010. Together with other 25 paintings. In Paramaribo, Suriname. Sponsored by the Embassy and Consulate of Venezuela, that has a special cultural area and building, such as for art expositions.
I wish to share it with you, enjoy.
As an art lover, contantly stepping in and out of museums, art galleries etc. etc., wherever I go and can go. Since being a kid at high school, till now I have never seen any other oil or acryl paintings of this subject. Not even in my favourite museum in Amsterdam. Van Gogh museum. Neither in the Palazzo degli Uffizi della bella Firenze. Of course.
A few neat hand drawings (no, not computer generated) of him, Poet, paleontologist and also mining engineer. His interesting sketches and notes on geology in general are conserved today at the archive in Weimar. Mr. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Sure, sure, sure. Almost forgot him. Sorry, before quitting. The greatest genius all times. Even though he never painted or published on relativity theory, quantum mechanics and black holes.
He was not just a great painter.
He was also a brilliant geologist,
as the latest instalment of an interactive series on his drawings revealed. Rocks pile and gather and disintegrate in mountains, caves, strata and screes in his paintings. The two versions of his picture of The Virgin of the Rocks in the National Gallery’s exhibition of his art glory in two different imaginary caverns. Each with its own rich earthscape of stone perforated and sculpted by wind and water. But he did not only look at stonefrom a painter’s point of view. It was not a background feature in his eyes. It was a scientific problem.
As a geologist he anticipated the scientists of the 18th and 19th centuries who were to prove that the Earth is far older than it says in the book of Genesis. When scientific pioneers around 1800 recognised fossils for what they are, traces of ancient animal, and analysed the processes that create and erode rocks, they quickly reached a set of conclusions that led to Darwin’s theory of evolution and a crisis of Christianity. But amazingly, this self-taught researcher thought through a lot of their key discoveries. Hundreds of years earlier ?
Leonardo da Vinci
If you have seen other Liza subsurface discoveries in oil or acryl paintings ? Please let me know, a reference of the artist and/or a picture. Who knows yourself are a geo-artist as well ? Would like to see them. Many thanks in advance.
Enjoying the subsurface discoveries, also in art paintings on the wall.
13. El Pirata: Torero con un solo ojo. Tauromaquía.
This post is only for bullfight fans. If you hate bullfighting? Fully understood. But very sorry, then better please turn instantly away from this post for your own convenience. Thank you in advance.
“ El toreo es un arte misterioso, mitad vicio y mitad ballet.
Es un mundo abigarrado, caricaturesco, vivísimo y entrañable el que vivimos los que, un día soñamos con ser toreros.Camilo José Cela”
La fiesta de los toros es para héroes, extraterrestres, seres de otra galaxia, extraños incomprendidos en una sociedad que pierde valores a borbotones y trata de esconder sus miserias en lo socialmente correcto, tan lejano, tantas veces, de la realidad del ser humano.
Una fiesta de locos y para locos; de unos locos llamados toreros, dispuestos a entregar su vida por una ilusión; y para una gente envenenada por la emoción que desprende el espectáculo en el ruedo.
” Quiero ser torero, papa “, me solto de repente.
Soñó por mucho tiempo ser torero, desde que tenia 10 añitos. Relampagueado, pasmado e infectado con el virus del toreo despues de nosotros visitar La Plaza de Toros de Ronda y su museo taurino. Estudió y practicaba religiosamente todas las figuras taurinas por mucho tiempo. Con los videos taurinos que Conchita obligatoriamente nos compraba y traia desde Madrid.
Como parte de su aprendizaje y para hacerlo mas real, yo tenia que funcionar de toro taurino con cuernos, representados por las 2 patas de una silla vieja, cual llevaba por delante.
La Plaza de toros de Ronda es de propiedad privada, pertenece a la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda. Es una de las más bellas y antiguas del mundo por su arquitectura y su singular construcción”.
El Pirata es uno de nuestros gran favoritos. Siempre despierta muchísimas emociones en el ruedo. Por su valentía, por su estilo típico, directo, atrevido y sin complicaciones de torear.
El 7 de octubre de 2011, Padilla sufrió una gravísima cogida en la cara que le afectó directamente al ojo izquierdo al banderillear al cuarto toro de la tarde en el coso de la Misericordia de Zaragoza.8
Tras la cornada del 7 de octubre en Zaragoza declaró que volvería a vestirse de luces el 4 de marzo en Olivenza (Badajoz),9 de donde saldría con dos orejas por la puerta grande después de firmar una faena notable.10
” ¿Cuándo supo que podía regresar?
Cuando decidí matar a dos hermanos de Marqués, el toro que me cogió, ante mi familia y mi círculo. Llamé a la ganadería de Ana Romero y quise torear un par de la misma camada. Para ahuyentar fantasmas, con el mismo traje de luces.”
Tras su grave cogida en Zaragoza (tras la que perdió un ojo, obligándole a llevar un parche) es conocido como «El torero pirata» o el «Pirata» Padilla, siendo recibido en plena feria de Pamplona con banderas piratas en su honor.2
7 Caracas Baai – Seroe Domi Fm.& Basement: Perla analog
8 Curacao Stratigraphic Column
9 Venezuela Onshore Analogs of Offshore Perla Field ?
10 Kinematic reconstruction of the Caribbean region since the Early Jurassic
11 Major Hydrocarbon Plays in the Caribbean and Northern South America
12 Basement of Aruba and Curacao
13 El último Romántico – Doble RR – Video & prcious son
14. Paraguaná – Geology – Datapack pdf.
15. Aruba, Well Bon Bini. Dry Hole ?
The Perla giant gasfield in Venezuela, Paraguaná, contains 17 TCF of gas and condensate (OHIP > 2000 MBOE).
It is the largest offshore gas field in Latin America. A world-class supergiant discovery.
Perla-1X discovery well in 2009 encountered a 240 m (775 ft) hydrocarbon column. Production testing yielded high quality gas, with a capacity of 600,000 cu m/d (circa 3,700 boe/d) and 500 b/d of condensate.
Curacao and especially Aruba are located near to the giant Perla gas field and are an integral part of the Falcon-Bonaire Basin.
Analog of the Perla field reservoirs (carbonate platform with isolated islands) is the Seroe Domi Formationon Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire. They are of the same Neogene (Oligo-Miocene) age.
The Seroe Domi Fm. carbonates are part of the same large carbonate platform and ramp geologic setting of the Perla reservoirs. This based on their paleogeographic position when they were formed, in Oligo-Miocene time within the Falcon-Bonaire basin.
Seroe Domi Fm. has abundant outcrops on Curaçao where it is up to 350 meters thick.
2. Intermezzo. My two “ beau motifs “. Seroe Domi and Montagne Sainte-Victoire.
Seroe Domi itself is a small, lovely nostalgic hill located next to our parents house, kneeled at its foothills. A site where we were priviliged to grow up. Our extended garden and playground, where we indulged much time recreating, strolling and crawling. With my brothers, cousins, extended family, friends, the whole crew.
It exercises a commanding presence over the area around it.
A really awesome 360 degrees view of the Curacao landscape, when sitting on the top, with the trade winds graciously blowing through your sleek hairs and around your face.
The site of my first geological discovery trips, where I got infused by the ” geology & geo-mania ” exploration virus. Inescapably struck by all the interesting corals and fossils that I could admire while swimming in our stunning beaches and in the nice caves where we played. ” How the heck come that I can find the same corals of the beach up here on this hill. Who did this and how, I thought ?”
Our stage play as little bandits and outlaws, just as in Bonanza, the black & white classic western tv series en vogue. Discoverers or even autochthonous Arawak indians fighting and repelling the intruding malevolent Dutch pirates. While on our Seroe Domi.
Looking out from our boys room at home, such as now when visiting my dearest 100+ years mother, the Seroe Domistill is our lifetime best friend and twin companion.
Our hill therefore occupies a prime place in my memory lane. A role analogous to the Montagne Sainte-Victoire to Paul Cézanne in Provence, France. His preferred “ beau motif ” so often painted straight from his art studio and house. The famous French post-impressionism artist, of whom I became a big fan.
Seroe Domi “ Beau Motif “.
Miocene limestone Seroe Domi & Jurassic limestone Mont Sainte-Victoire. Both are both carbonate platform and impressionism beau motif analogs. United in my geo-mind ? Grown up in the geological and artistic setting of two famous analogs.
The geologic habitat of my parents home ?
Similar to the habitat of Perla giant field ? Also an analog?
Standing on basement (Curacao Lava Formation: Cretaceous volcanic rocks, diabaas or pillow lava basalts; see Annex 1). Invisibly (…only visible for geologists though…) followed by some 65 million years of geologic history. Not represented by any rocks, on this particular spot (eroded?). Unconformable overlain by our beloved Miocene Seroe Domi formation.
This regional unconformity (Venezuela, Antilles etc.), juxtaposing the 2 formations, is located at 2 minutes walking from home. Situated exactly where the pole without the precious streetname, “Gouverneur van Lansbergenweg”, is located.
Please note that many poles with ” street names ” in my little paradise still suffer from severe dementia and/or Alzheimer. Sorry about that. Who knows the proceeds of a Perla-like discovery offshore Curacao could help to resolve this little problem. For this moment use your updated world Garmin Navigator.
3. Perla reservoir carbonates
On a larger macro scale the basins that surround Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire in fact were part of the greater Falcon-Bonaire Basin.
Note the regional extension of very thick Perla Limestone reservoir rocks (up to 2400 ft/ 800 m. thick). They extend and thicken to the north and east. The Seroe Domi Fm. on Curaçao (Aruba, Bonaire) is part of the ” Main Carbonate Platform/Ramp with Paleohighs Setting ” of the Perla Giant Field reservoir rocks. Aruba is located in the NE corner of the map. Curaçao is located farther east.
Aruba has limestones equivalent to the Miocene shallow water Cauderalito member of Falcon Basin (central and western parts), Venezuela. This bioclastic limestone, up to 500 ft thick and deposited unconformable on the basement, is the lowermost Miocene horizon of the Agua Clara formation
The upper Agua Clara member is the source rock that has generated the oil discovered in offshore La Vela Bay, Venezuela. It is a thick, dark grey shallow neritic shale with oil prone kerogen.
Another source rock exists in Falcon basin (northeast part), of the same age (“twin brother or sister”) as the upper Agua Clara member in Central Falcon. The Aguide shales and marls of the San Lorenzo formation (Lower Miocene, part of the Agua Salada Group). These are all impregnated with petroleum, even the shells of the foraminifera.
In Perla gas field geochemical analysis show that most of the gas was of thermogenic and probably sourced by Early Tertiary rocks from the west flanking deep Urumaco trough and its petroleum kitchen.
La Vela Bay is an offshore extension of the Falcon Basin. La Vela Bay is separated by a main fault from Paraguana positive area, that was source of clastic sediments. An exploration program of 13 wells, started in 1966 resulted in 5 discoveries. Three oil producers (nr. 2,5,13), one gas producer (nr. 12) and one oil and gas producer from two different zones (nr. 4).
Falcon onshore has a proven petroleum habitat with a lot of producing oil wells and oil seeps (such as Mene de Acosta).
In La Vela Bay the Miocene lies unconformable (regional Caribbean platform unconformity) on Cretaceous basement (phyllite and gneis) or on continental red beds of suspected Oligocene age (E.Vasquez, WPC-16217,1975). Analogous to Curacao.
Perla look-alike leads, prospects and fields could be present in offshore basin(s) surrounding Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire. These cover some 3000 km2. It is an extensional basin with a sea depth of max. 6560 ft, where a very thick pile of some 23,000 ft. of Tertiary sediments was deposited.
4. Korsou Whishful Thinking
They are patiently waiting, since Curaçao was discovered by Alonso de Ojeda in 1498, specifically for catalysts? The leads, prospects and possible giant fields? Such as for interested foreign oil firms with clever, smart and creative explorationists that dare to imagine, entrepreneurs and bold investors. To be unveiled, exploited and capitalised.
Curaçaopolicy makers and organisations responsible for promoting and executing petroleum exploration activities unfortunately have a decades standing proven blindness, deafness, paralysis and inertia for this most important subject. In a “deep sleeping and relax” mode, as the sleeping beauty in the fairy tale of Grimm.
So far, even though secretive and not transparent, they have convincingly demonstrated to completely lack the required knowledge, vision, awareness, sensibility, stamina and passion. To pro-actively incorporate exploration for these precious and most valuable offshore natural resources supplied by Mother Nature. As an integral part of their sacred country mission, strategy and realistic short term government plans.
This to generate substantial, sustained and strategic value with high additional state income raising the quality and living standard for all.
Such as to eradicate the still so large group of poor people and impoverished areas that abound all around on my little native paradise in the pristine, emerald blue caribbean sea.
Imagine how tremendously positive the impact of a 17 TCF (17 trillion cubic feet) Perla-like discovery could be for the 150,000 Curaçao inhabitants ?
The best well flowed 68 million scf/d of gas and 1,350 bpd of condensates.
Daily production of 34 million m3/d (1,200 MMcf/d) of gas, as in Perla.
Would represent 22 million US$/day, thus 8 billion US$/year of petroleum generated gross revenue.
Some 3X present GDP !
As reference, present day gasprice for households in the Netherlands is 0.65 € per cubic meter. Bro & sisa, what a could-be hugh cake and present, from dear Mother Nature. Sè swa.
Curaçao GDP (PPP) is $ 3.1 billion @ 2012 (est.), World Rank 188 (CIA Factbook, Feb. 2018). Industry sector contributes with a very meager 15,5 % to GDP.
” And the vision in my mind. Still remains. Within the Sounds of Silence “.
” Petroleum is always first found in the mind, educated guess and imagination of a creative and bold petroleum geologist ”
It is sometimes more so a colourful (caribbean carnavalesque, grotesque and burlesque though; utterly disgusting for an explorationist) issue during election time. For populists trying to gain votes.
When one could admire 2 political candidates on tv. One most joyously and enthousiastically waving with unidentified petroleum-related maps (?). To vaguely and misteriously ” discuss ” on petroleum potential items ?
Mainly to quarrel about a petroleum potential ” study ” made, but never read or properly understood. That surprisingly was lost and findless in all the archives of all those involved in the heated discussions.
By the way, it is is just a click away, each and anyone can freely see and access it on internet (attached below – Video dr. P. Mann). Sè swa.
These natural petroleum resources can catapult a country into a very prosperous oil boom. Multiplying it’s GDP, substantially elevating and ameliorating poverty, raising the standard and quality of life in the country.
Guyana, presently with the recent offshore discoveries of the giant fields that contain some 4 billion barrels reserves of light, excellent quality petroleum. Propelling an unprecedented black gold rush with sustained prosperity and substantial income. Amounting to over 10 billion US$, already from 2020 on with unrivalled Guyana Basin production of 100,000 – 200,000 barrels offshore. Mind you, this is just the beginning of their petroleum love story.
Suriname soon to follow with offshore discoveries in the same prolific Guiana-Suriname petroleum basin.
Ghana since a decade with prolific petroleum production and income from the Jubilee giant oil field discovery.
Annual 2017 GDP growth rate of 17% in the Industry sector. The Mining & Petroleum sub-sector with a growth rate of 47%. Ghana is receiving some 1 billion US$ petroleum revenue per year.
Aruba is on the right track for petroleum exploration and production. With a clear vision, mission, dedication and tenacity since 4 decades. Fortunately.
Spud date is 11th June 2018. The well of Repsol & Partners, offshore Aruba. Repsol contracted Seadrill drillship West Capelia for one exploration well term. A 6th generation ultra-deep drillship of Samsung design, built by Samsung Heavy Industries in 2008.
Arubawill find their own Perla Arubiano giant gas field, hopefully. They fully deserve it after chasing it for so long. Fingers crossed, lots of success and petroleum generated prosperity.
My Dushi Curaçao ???
Poised to realise at some point in time (…if ever) that they have completely missed both train and boat. Failing to capitalise and monetise these possible natural treasures in its subsurface.
Realising in retrospect that there were most valuable and accessible resources in their subsurface available. Forever stranded. Worth many, many, double digits billions of US$.
When the transforming world has fully reached the now fast developing Paris Accord 2015 stage and objective that aims mainly the use of other types of clean energy.
Bonaire vs. Falcon-Bonaire Basin petroleum exploration ?
Same story. Never occurred yet to any policymaker or influencer on Bonaire. To promote chasing petroleum natural resources. As a means to drastically raise the living standard. As far as I can track.
Most fortunately !
” Wat niet weet, wat niet deert “
” It is innocence when it charms us. Ignorance when it does not “.
Ajo, bye bye.
Amen & A breathtaking Italian Carrara Marble Cross & R.I.P. Exploration.
To be included in the history books, forever.
” Curacao and The Risk of Doing Nothing
I’m forever blowing bubbles,
Pretty bubbles in the air,
They fly so high, nearly reach the sky,
Then like my dreams they fade and die
John Kellette, Jaan Kenbrovin 1918 “
Please turn this void page to the next exciting chapter.
“But the vision in my mind. Still remains.
Within the Sound of Silence”.
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5. Island in the sun
6. Cerro Mansinga – Seroe Domi Fm.& Basement. Perla analog
7. Caracas BaAi- Seroe Domi Fm.& Basement. Perla analog
Note the striking analog with the habitat of Perla giant field and of Paraguana exploration wells in La Vela Bay – Offshore, near Paraguana Peninsula the Miocene is underlain by Cretaceous basement composed of phyllite and gneis.Or by continental red beds of Oligocene age. Thirteen exploration wells have been drilled in the western portion of La Vela Bay (beginning in 1966). Five were discoveries, 3 oil producers (Nr. 2,5,13), one gas producer (Nr. 12), one oil and gas producer from 2 separate zones (Nr.4). The dominant structural feature was a large NW-SE trending nose which is perpendicular to the Falcon structures onshore, suggesting presence of a major E-W trending fault system near shore. One of the main faults separates the La Vela Bay from the Paraguana positive area which appears to be the source of clastic sediments (E. Vasquez, WPC-16217, 1975).
8. Curacao Stratigraphic Column
9.Venezuela Onshore Analogs of Offshore Perla Field ?
San Luis and Churuguara carbonates are potential analogs of Perla Field, in the Gulf of Venezuela. Both are Oligo-Miocene outcrops from the northern and southern Falcon Basin. Perla carbonates constituted a carbonate ramp, dominated by rhodolithic coralline algae and larger foraminifera. The Churuguara outcrop may represent a partial analog of the non-reservoir distal ramp of Perla.
Re.: E. Albert-Villanueva et al., AAPG, Spain, 2016
10. Kinematic reconstruction of the Caribbean region since the Early Jurassic
Please watch and follow how Curacao develops through geologic time. Especially the development of the Falcon-Bonaire Basin.
Video Lydian Boschman.
11. Major Hydrocarbon Plays in the Caribbean and Northern South America –
Dr. Paul Mann, of University of Houston – Video
12. Basement of Aruba and Curacao
The house of my parents is built on Basement, known as diabaas on dushi Korsou.
The garden where we played as kids has an interesting geologic history.
It is located on a Basaltic Oceanic Plateau.
This is part of the Caribbean Large Igneous Province (CLIP) that represented a massive basaltic flooding on the Farallon Plate in the Pacific ocean 91-88 Ma ago. Extrusion occurred below sea level, in the Late Cretaceous. This magmatic event has been attributed to the plume-head stage of the Galapagos hotspot. Location was off the coast of present-day Colombia in todays’ Pacific (White, Tarney, Klaver, & Ruiz, 1996).
The Aruba-Curacao lava basement is a detached remnant part of this volcanic basalt flooding and is the origin the Aruba Lava Formation (ALF, 90 Ma; The Aruba batholith itself is 88.6 Ma.) and the Curacao Lava Formation (CLF, 88.6 Ma). Bonaire has no CLIP material, but has island arc rocks with 3 different ages of 94.6, 98 and 112 Ma.
The Leeward Antilles are located near the Caribbean-South American plate boundary.
Aruba and Curacao contain magmatic rocks that are geochemically very similar to the island arc rocks from the southern Aves ridge. They are fragments of the Great Arc of the Caribbean on the former leading edge of of the Caribbean plate. It has been in oblique collision with the northern margin of South America for most of the Cenozoic.
The Leeward Antilles area has therefore been shortened by inversion of normal faults and right-lateral strike-slip faulting. Related with the collision with the South American continent and subsequent segmentation in extensional basins by a phase of oblique normal faulting.
Also Aruba and Bonaire have undergone a clockwise rotation of 90 degrees with respect to the stable South America, since Late Cretaceous.
13 El último Romántico – Doble RR – Video & precious song.