Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Regional Stratigraphy and Lithologic Characterization of the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale in Southwest Mississippi
by Dubois, Kalli Alyse, M.S., Mississippi State University, 2018, 121; 10843538
Abstract (Summary)

The Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (TMS) in southwest Mississippi and south-central Louisiana has potential to become a prolific source of fossil fuels using hydraulic fracturing technology. The objective of this study is to better understand the sequence and regional stratigraphy, lithology, and character of the TMS. Studying the TMS’s lithologic, depositional, and diagenetic properties is essential to maximize potential production. Characterization of the eastern TMS was performed with cuttings from two wells provided by the Mississippi Oil and Gas Board through MDEQ, and two provided by the USGS. Thirty-one petrophysical logs were correlated, to make cross sections and trace sequence stratigraphic intervals within the TMS. Results of the study showed lithologic variability and compaction across the study area, and a sequence stratigraphic correlation of the highstand systems track between the Tuscaloosa and Eagle Ford Groups. This research aims to work toward the greatest potential of the TMS as an unconventional reservoir.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kirkland, Brenda L.
Commitee: Hackley, Paul C., Schmitz, Darrel W.
School: Mississippi State University
Department: Geosciences
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Geology, Petroleum Geology, Sedimentary Geology
Keywords: Gulf of Mexico geology, Sedimentology, Sequence stratigraphy
Publication Number: 10843538
ISBN: 978-0-438-31462-7
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