Rendiconti Online della Società Geologica Italiana - Vol. 63/2024

The Messinian evaporite succession of the Crotone Basin, Southern Italy: a Python 3D modelling

Ettore Falsetta1, Manuel Bullejos2, Manuel Martín-Martín3 & Salvatore Critelli1
1Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Ambiente, Università della Calabria, 87036 Arcavacata di Rende (CS), Italy.
2Departamento de Álgebra, University of Granada, 18010, Granada, Spain.
3Departamento de Ciencias de la Tierra y Medio Ambiente, University of Alicante, 03080 Alicante, Spain.
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Volume: 63/2024


An interactive 3D visualization of stratigraphic and structural architecture of the Crotone Basin, has been tested by using an open-source Python libraries for machine learning KNN and linear interpolation algorithms, together with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). A preliminary test was performed within the onshore-offshore Crotone area (southern Italy), where due to the presence intense exploration field for hydrocarbons (gas) is enriched by a unique stratigraphic dataset available from well cores and seismic profiles. The analysis of 58 different boreholes, subdivided the stratigraphic succession into three main stratigraphic intervals: Pre-Messinian, Messinian, and Post-Messinian. Three interactive HTML 3D models are constructed with Python tools: (1) surfaces separating the stratigraphic intervals by linear interpolation; (2) surfaces by nearest-neighbor interpolation; and (3) volumes of the three units. These models allow to visualize the stratigraphic and tectonic architecture of the Crotone Basin in a virtual and modelling detail.


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