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Subsurface Temperature Gradients

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January 01, 1934

Abstract

The value of geothermal data as an aid to the oil geologist remains to be demonstrated, at least insofar as the direct discovery of individual oil pools is concerned. While Van Orstrand demonstrated years ago, in his work on the Salt Creek field of Wyoming, that in some instances isothermal contours below the surface of the earth quite faithfully reflect the structural conditions and, more recently, observations on salt domes in Texas have demonstrated temperature conditions that would be recognized as anomalous by any geologist familiar with the area, the facts that no data are available in advance of drilling, that even after wells are drilled significant measurements can be secured only occasionally, and that in spite of the years of work that have been devoted to the study of earth temperatures we are still far from a complete understanding of their significance, have combined to dull the interest of those who must measure their effectiveness in terms of new oil-field discoveries and who have, therefore, concentrated their attention on methods that are more speedy, more definite and less dependent on a multitude of circumstances than is the measurement of the geothermal gradient.

On the other hand, the science of petroleum geology, during the past few years, has left the narrow lane which led only to the discovery of obvious anticlinal structures, along which it traveled for decades after the anticlinal theory was first announced, and to-day geologists recognize that all facts which may throw additional light upon either the

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AAPG Special Publication

Problems of Petroleum Geology

W. E. Wrather
W. E. Wrather
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F. H. Lahee
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American Association of Petroleum Geologists
ISBN electronic:
9781629812564
Publication date:
January 01, 1934

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