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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 55 (1971)

Issue: 9. (September)

First Page: 1692

Last Page: 1692

Title: Black Warrior Basin: ABSTRACT

Author(s): Lawrence F. Boland, Edward D. Minihan, William A. Thomas

Article Type: Meeting abstract


The Black Warrior basin of Mississippi and Alabama is a potentially large oil and gas province with numerous possible reservoir units. This study excludes the rocks of the Ouachita folded belt in central Mississippi.

All the Paleozoic systems except the Permian are present in the study area and only the Cambrian does not crop out on the surface. There are at least 77,725 cu mi of sedimentary rocks, predominantly carbonates, in the basin.

Oil and gas have been, or presently are, produced from the Cambro-Ordovician, Ordovician, Mississippian, and Pennsylvanian in the Black Warrior basin. Analysis of the depositional and structural configuration of the area shows new trends that offer tremendous potential for a future major oil and gas province. The basin is considered a part of the Appalachian geosyncline. For each system present an attempt has been made to reproduce the tectonics affecting deposition and to depict the rocks as originally deposited. In this manner trends of high-energy deposition can be postulated, shorelines can be reconstructed and potential stratigraphic traps delineated. When these relations are analyzed, the known oil and gas shows in the Black Warrior basin become very significant.

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