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Significance of Structure in the Accumulation of Oil in Tennessee1

Ralph G. Lusk
Ralph G. Lusk
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January 01, 1929


A review of the data obtained in the several fields in Tennessee which are now pro-ducing or have produced oil in commercial quantities shows that in nearly all of them “structure” plays an essential part in the accumulation of oil and gas. Other factors are just as essential and must be taken into consideration. Nearly all of the fields have been mapped in sufficient detail to show the relative importance of the attitude of the beds. Only in the Spring Creek field is this factor apparently of little consequence.

The results of detailed mapping warrant the additional statement that the chances are overwhelmingly against wells located without regard to structure. Not all of the favorable structures drilled have produced oil, but all of the definitely unfavorable structures have been failures.

Anticlinal domes provide oil in the following fields: Celina and vicinity, including Mill Creek and Willow Grove, Spurrier-Riverton, Sumner County, and Tinsleys Bottom. The Glenmary field is on a low-faulted anticline, and the Bone Camp field near Sunbright is on a terrace. The data are none too satisfactory for the Spring Creek field, the Glenmary field, and part of the production of the Willow Grove and Spurrier-Riverton fields.

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AAPG Special Publication

Structure of Typical American Oil Fields, Volume I

Sidney Powers
Sidney Powers
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American Association of Petroleum Geologists
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