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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 66 (1982)

Issue: 2. (February)

First Page: 246

Last Page: 247

Title: Dipmeter Interpretation of Cherry Canyon Reservoir Sandstones, Delaware Basin, New Mexico: ABSTRACT

Author(s): Sandra Phillips

Article Type: Meeting abstract


Stratigraphic interpretation of high-resolution dipmeter logs can provide important information concerning the morphology

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and distribution of reservoir sandstones. Stratigraphic dip data were correlated with primary rock properties observed in cores and with borehole-log data to define the internal morphology of turbidite channel sandstones in the Cherry Canyon Formation at Indian Draw field. Characteristic dip patterns allowed the delineation of erosional unconformities, channel sequences, slump faulting, contorted and massive bedding, and sedimentary drape.

The erosional unconformity which marks the base of the Indian Draw channel exhibits a characteristic dip pattern consisting of an abrupt change in the trend of dip magnitude and dip azimuth across the unconformity, marked by higher dips (6 to 9°) above the unconformity in the channel-fill, and lower dips (2 to 4°) in the basin-plain sediments below. Slump faults exhibit an abrupt increase in dip with depth over a small interval, and an associated progressive dip azimuth rotation approaching the fault. Contorted beds show a random dip pattern, often marked by poor-quality, high-magnitude dips. Massively bedded sandstones lack computed dips and sedimentary drape patterns typically consist of a decrease upward within basinal deposits overlying a sandstone.

Detailed mapping of the reservoir sandstones indicates deposition as stacked, laterally discontinuous lenses within a previously eroded channel. Direction of sedimentary drape over sandstone lenses can be used to map their trends. Channel-fill lenses are 5 to 30 ft (1.5 to 9.1 m) thick, and are elongate parallel with depositional dip with a sinuous geometry. Such turbidite channel deposits can be anticipated to form complex multilayered reservoirs, consisting of a series of isolated sandstone lenses of restricted areal extent.

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