SEEPAGE-INDUCED ANOMALIES, 'FALSE' ANOMALIES, AND IMPLICATIONS FOR ELECTRICAL PROSPECTING.

Dorothy Z. Oehler, Ben K. Sternberg

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Abstract

Two detailed case studies have been made of shallow electrical anomalies. In one study (Ashland field, Oklahoma), the anomalies are shown to be related to vertical seepage from a hydrocarbon reservoir; in the other (Salt Draw prospect, Texas), the anomalies are shown to be 'false' anomalies and unrelated to any deeper hydrocarbons. The results also suggest that seepage-induced pyrite and marcasite are likely to form only over hydrocarbon reservoirs where at least two geologic conditions are met: some hydrocarbons from the reservoir can seep to the near surface, and the near-surface section contains porous, iron-bearing host rocks. Study conclusions are combined with those drawn from 40 other electrical surveys to develop a strategy for using shallow-investigation electrical techniques in the search for petroleum which is discussed in the paper. Refs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1121-1145
Number of pages25
JournalAmerican Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin
Volume68
Issue number9
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Geology
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)

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