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Abstract

The St. Peter Sandstone and parts of the Mt. Simon Sandstone in the Illinois basin provide an ideal "laboratory" for investigating the role that time-temperature and compositional variables play in reservoir property modification in old (Cambrian-Ordovician) quartzose sandstones which have undergone only moderate burial. A total of 140 samples (107 St. Peter and 33 Mt. Simon) from 18 wells were analyzed. The wells are distributed uniformly across the basin and represent nearly the complete depth range (surface to 2,600 m, 8,500 ft) over which these formations occur. This chapter reviews work previously presented in abbreviated form (Byrnes and Wilson, 1992, 1994).

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