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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 64 (1980)

Issue: 3. (March)

First Page: 400

Last Page: 413

Title: Analysis of Gravity Anomaly Over Coral-Reef Oil Field: Wilfred Pool, Sullivan County, Indiana

Author(s): Stephen W. Dana (2)


To compare the measured and theoretical gravity anomaly of a typical coral-reef oil field, data were collected from the Wilfred pool, Sullivan County, Indiana.

Densities of available core samples from the field were determined and the anomaly was calculated, taking into account the lateral and vertical variation of density and the geologic structure known from core studies and drilling-log records of lithologic types penetrated by the wells.

Comparison of the theoretical and actual anomalies indicated a rough correspondence except for several sharp negative anomalies on the flanks of the measured gravity anomaly. Further studies indicated that the negative anomalies are possibly due to fluvial erosion that produced, on the surface of the youngest Pennsylvanian sediments, channels which were later filled with glacial till of lower density than the sediments.

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