Cardott and Lambert (1985) proposed a single linear relationship to predict vitrinite reflectance values as a function of depth for the Woodford Shale within the Anadarko basin. They tested their proposed relationship by comparing published vitrinite data with that predicted by the regression. Several measured reflectance values proved to be significantly less than those predicted by the regression. Cardott and Lambert implied that the lack of correlation is due to analytical and interpretive error, the need for some refinement in the regression, and the presence of a thermal anomaly within the basin.

We believe, however, that the observed discrepancies may...

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