Timing and genesis of fractures in the Niobrara Formation, northeastern Front Range and Denver Basin, Colorado
Naturally-occurring fractures in foreland basins, particularly in self-sourced resource plays, are critical to the production of hydrocarbons from low permeability reservoirs. Both shear and extensional fractures commonly cause reservoir anisotropy as well as providing critical tests of tectonic hypotheses. The objective of this research is to determine the mechanisms and timing of naturally-occurring fractures in the upper Cretaceous Niobrara Formation along the northeastern Front Range and in the Denver Basin of the Rocky Mountain Foreland. Previous hypotheses for the origin of fractures within ...
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