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GCAGS Transactions


Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Transactions
Vol. 67 (2017), No. 1. (January), Pages 147-158

Stratigraphic Variability of the Desmoinesian Marmaton Group across the Lips Fault System in the Texas Panhandle Granite Wash, Southern Anadarko Basin

Patrick D. Jordan


The Desmoinesian Marmaton Group, along the southern portion of the Anadarko Basin in the Granite Wash, comprises over 2000 ft of stacked tight sandstones and conglomerates, containing unconventional reservoirs. Uncertainty around facies variability and lateral continuity of these reservoirs represents challenges to accurate reservoir characterization due to laterally restricted submarine fan systems, and mountain-front faulting. This study examines 206 wireline well log suites and nine ice-house flooding surfaces across an 810-square mile study area to frame fine-scale sequences, track facies changes, and estimate fault timing and duration. This high-resolution stratigraphic framework comprises a hierarchy of cycles: one third-order, three fourth-order, and eight fifth-order cycles; these were mapped across fault blocks. Mapping at the fifth-order scale documented previously unpublished faults, and showed that movement occurred during two separate fifth-order cycles. Within the stratigraphic framework, well log trends, calibrated to core descriptions, enabled prediction of depositional environments in uncored wells.

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