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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 16 (1932)

Issue: 4. (April)

First Page: 413

Last Page: 416

Title: Earth Temperatures of North-Central Texas

Author(s): Virgil E. Barnes


Temperature gradients, consequently isothermal surfaces, in north-central Texas are controlled by the proximity of the pre-Cambrian rocks to the surface. Unconformities probably also affect temperature gradients only inasmuch as they present angular relationships with better conducting rocks beneath poorer conducting rocks, or under exceptional conditions the reverse may be true. The present study indicates that a feasible explanation for the variation of geothermal gradients over anticlinal structure is the difference in conduction of heat by rocks.

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