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Revisions to the original extent of the Devonian Shale-Middle and Upper Paleozoic Total Petroleum System

Open-File Report 2016-1018

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https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161018

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Abstract

Technically recoverable undiscovered hydrocarbon resources in continuous accumulations are present in Upper Devonian and Lower Mississippian strata in the Appalachian Basin Petroleum Province. The province includes parts of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. The Upper Devonian and Lower Mississippian strata are part of the previously defined Devonian Shale-Middle and Upper Paleozoic Total Petroleum System (TPS) that extends from New York to Tennessee. This publication presents a revision to the extent of the Devonian Shale-Middle and Upper Paleozoic TPS. The most significant modification to the maximum extent of the Devonian Shale-Middle and Upper Paleozoic TPS is to the south and southwest, adding areas in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi where Devonian strata, including potential petroleum source rocks, are present in the subsurface up to the outcrop. The Middle to Upper Devonian Chattanooga Shale extends from southeastern Kentucky to Alabama and eastern Mississippi. Production from Devonian shale has been established in the Appalachian fold and thrust belt of northeastern Alabama. Exploratory drilling has encountered Middle to Upper Devonian strata containing organic-rich shale in west-central Alabama. The areas added to the TPS are located in the Valley and Ridge, Interior Low Plateaus, and Appalachian Plateaus physiographic provinces, including the portion of the Appalachian fold and thrust belt buried beneath Cretaceous and younger sediments that were deposited on the U.S. Gulf Coastal Plain.

Suggested Citation

Enomoto, C.B., Rouse, W.A., Trippi, M.H., and Higley, D.K., 2016, Revisions to the original extent of the Devonian Shale-Middle and Upper Paleozoic Total Petroleum System: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1018, 6 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161018.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Revision
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgments
  • References Cited

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Revisions to the original extent of the Devonian Shale-Middle and Upper Paleozoic Total Petroleum System
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
2016-1018
DOI:
10.3133/ofr20161018
Year Published:
2016
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Eastern Energy Resources Science Center
Description:
Report: iv, 6 p.; Shapefiles; Metadata Files
Country:
United States
Online Only (Y/N):
Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
Y