The ability to infill “white space” using testable geological models is necessary for identifying frontier plays. Three principal tools can help explorationists with this task. These tools include gross depositional environment (GDE) maps to define the organisation of facies, regional depth models to aid maturity and reservoir predictions, and geodynamic models to assess the nature and timing of tectonic events. These resources are used to populate a global database of >3,150 proven and unproven predicted plays. This database identified >50 basins that have multiple unproven plays, representing a significant target for frontier exploration. Through the integration of these tools, basins will be high-graded, and the location of the next exploration frontiers will be identified.


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