Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Burial History and Thermal Maturity of the Chattanooga Shale, Northwestern Alabama
by Simonis, Alan F., III, M.S., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2014, 51; 1557577
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lock, Brian E.
Commitee: Borrok, David M., Kinsland, Gary L.
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Geology
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Geology
Keywords: Black warrior basin, Burial history, Chattanooga shale, Geology, Oil, Thermal maturity
Publication Number: 1557577
ISBN: 9781303951411
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