Fort Worth Basin and Muenster Arch North-Central Texas
1951. "Fort Worth Basin and Muenster Arch North-Central Texas", Possible Future Petroleum Provinces of North America, Max W. Ball, Arthur A. Baker, George V. Cohee, Paul B. Whitney, Douglas Ball
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The Fort Worth Basin-Muenster Arch area, as covered by this paper, is bounded by Latitude 32° 15′ to 34°, and Longitude 96° 20′ to 98°. The area covers about 9,400 square miles, of which 90 square miles are now productive of oil and gas, in more than 50 oil and gas fields. Sedimentary rocks range in thickness from about 1,000 feet on the Muenster arch to 17,000 feet in the deepest part of the Fort Worth basin, with a total volume of about 17,000 cubic miles of sedimentary material. Producing depths range from the minimum of 500 feet to the maximum of 8,900 feet in Cooke County. The deepest test well is the Denver Producing and Refining Company's Rich No. 1, Grayson County, which was drilled to the total depth of 13,352 feet, stopping in Ellenburger limestone. More than 6,835 wells have been drilled in the area.
The Fort Worth basin is a regional syncline approximately 150 miles in length, varying in width from a few miles to 70 miles, and trending northwest. It is bounded on the west by the Bend arch, west of Palo Pinto and Jack counties, on the north and northeast by the Red River-Muenster buried ridges, and on the southeast by the Ouachita zone of folding and faulting. Rocks of Cambrian, Ordovician, Mississippian, Pennsylvanian, Permian, and Cretaceous age are present in the basin. Major unconformities are present at the base of the Mississippian strata, at the base of the rocks of Pennsylvanian age, in the
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Building upon a 1941 symposium and publication titled Possible Future Oil Provinces of the United States and Canada, this volume contains descriptions of nearly twice as many possible provinces, and discusses additional possibilities in some of the provinces considered in the 1941 publication. The inclusion and exclusion of provinces in this publication were done with the purpose of discussing possible, rather than probably or proved, provinces. The provinces of Alaska, western Canada, Pacific Coast states and Nevada, Rocky Mountain Region, Mid-Continent region, west Texas and eastern New Mexico, Fort Worth Basin, south Texas, Mexico, western Gulf Coast, continental shelf of Gulf of Mexico, southeastern United States, northeastern United States, Appalachian region, eastern Canada, and the eastern Interior Basin are presented here.