Niobrara source rock maturity in the denver basin: a study of differential heating and tectonics on petroleum prospectivity using programmed pyrolysis
The Niobrara Formation of the Denver Basin is an unconventional oil and gas drilling target composed of alternating chalk and marl units. These units act as the source, seal and trap for hydrocarbons generated in the organic rich marl beds of the Niobrara. Organic geochemical data, such as oil-to-source rock correlations, oil biomarkers and gas isotopes, indicate that the fluids accumulated within the reservoirs closely match the source rocks in type and maturity; therefore, this is a system of in-situ generation and accumulation as well as short-distance migration. In a system where migration ...
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