The Chattanooga Shale is a petroleum source rock within the Black Warrior Basin. Several attempts have been made to exploit this formation for unconventional shale gas. However, past studies of the Chattanooga indicate an area of the shale should produce liquid hydrocarbons. This paper expands upon the previous work by using old data to create a new model for the burial history and thermal maturation of the Chattanooga Shale. This new basin model incorporates formation lithologies, ages, thicknesses, and thermal maturity indicators. The long history of the Black Warrior Basin includes a significant period of unroofing. Part of the model seeks to estimate the thickness of the missing section. The study also addresses complex maturation patterns observed in the basin by previous workers. The author concludes that an oil window exists in the Chattanooga Shale.
|Advisor:||Lock, Brian E.|
|Commitee:||Borrok, David M., Kinsland, Gary L.|
|School:||University of Louisiana at Lafayette|
|School Location:||United States -- Louisiana|
|Source:||MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Black warrior basin, Burial history, Chattanooga shale, Geology, Oil, Thermal maturity|
Copyright in each Dissertation and Thesis is retained by the author. All Rights Reserved
The supplemental file or files you are about to download were provided to ProQuest by the author as part of a
dissertation or thesis. The supplemental files are provided "AS IS" without warranty. ProQuest is not responsible for the
content, format or impact on the supplemental file(s) on our system. in some cases, the file type may be unknown or
may be a .exe file. We recommend caution as you open such files.
Copyright of the original materials contained in the supplemental file is retained by the author and your access to the
supplemental files is subject to the ProQuest Terms and Conditions of use.
Depending on the size of the file(s) you are downloading, the system may take some time to download them. Please be