Interpreting depositional and diagenetic trends in the Bakken Formation based on handheld x-ray fluorescence analysis, Mclean, Dunn and Mountrail counties, North Dakota
The Bakken Formation in the Williston Basin is an economically viable hydrocarbon play that is getting vast attention throughout the world. It is an especially interesting formation because it contains both world-class hydrocarbon source rocks and billions of barrels of producible oil. New technologies are continuously being applied to better understand the Bakken Formation and to determine why it has become such a commercial reservoir. This study examines elemental data collected by a handheld X-ray fluorescence (XRF) device and integrates these elemental data with core descriptions, petrography ...
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