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South Texas Geological Society Special Publications


Contributions to the Geology of South Texas, 1986
Pages 382-395

Gulf Coast Stratigraphic Traps in the Lower Cretaceous Carbonates

Richard H. Sams


Prolific oil and gas production is being obtained from carbonate patch reef reservoirs within Lower Cretaceous formations along the Gulf Coast from Florida to Mexico. Many of these reservoirs are trapped stratigraphically where facies changes within a formation or patch reef unit establish an updip permeability barrier. Illustrations of such traps are given from the literature for oil and gas fields in Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, and East Texas. A geological model provides the explorationist with an actual drilling target suitable to a multiple-well exploratory program.

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