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The Jura region of France and Switzerland has significant hydrocarbon potential. This arcuate fold-and-thrust belt, located in front of the Western Alps, is composed of Mesozoic rocks, which overlie the North Swiss Basin Complex filled with Permo-Carboniferous sediments of Late Westphalian–Lower Permian (Autunian) age. The existence of three small producing gas fields, and the presence of recorded oil and gas shows in a number of petroleum wells, indicate the presence of an active petroleum system. Shows occur in stratigraphic horizons that lie beneath the regional Triassic evaporite seal. Very effective Permo-Carboniferous oil-prone source rocks include algal organically rich Autunian...

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