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GCAGS Transactions


Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Transactions
Vol. 27 (1977), Pages 446-446

Abstract: Lower Cretaceous Carbonates of Central South Texas: A Shelf-Margin Study

J. W. Wooten, W. E. Dunaway (1)


Recent research on the Albian and lower Cenomanian Edwards shelf margin along the Gulf of Mexico has disclosed a narrow band of biogenic growth consisting of reefs, banks, bars, and islands. For the purpose of this paper, in light of evidence obtained from Sligo tests within the study area, the shelf-margin theory derived from this research is assumed to apply to the Aptian Sligo shelf margin as well.

The objectives of this paper are to show the application of the shelf margin exploration model in light of new information obtained from the recent surge of drilling activity. We have attempted to exemplify the major facies and structural components of the shelf-margin model and to demonstrate the effect that these have on accumulation of hydrocarbons.

Utilizing good quality modern CDP seismic data in areas of adequate well control, we can relate the major facies and structural components of the model to certain geophysical criteria common to several hundred miles of seismic dip control. Selected seismic sections demonstrate the validity of these criteria in defining the shelf, shelf margin, and shelf slope of each formation, as well as their relationship to one another. Through the correlation of these geophysical criteria with existing well control, we obtain a detailed structural configuration and facies distribution as well as a prime fairway for hydrocarbon accumulation for both the Edwards and Sligo.

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(1) Dixel Resources, Inc., Houston, Texas

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