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The upper Miocene 24Z and 26R sandstones are lenticular multistory sand bodies which are significant oil reservoirs at several pools at the Elk Hills field, Kern County, California. Both units, which are in the uppermost portion of the Elk Hills Shale Member of the Monterey Formation, were deposited by sand-rich turbidite systems. Individual sand bodies are composed of medium- to coarsegrained graded sandstone beds and represent channel-fill deposits. At the margins of the lower sand bodies are interbedded fine-grained sandstone and mudstone which are levee and crevasse splay overbank deposits. Upper sand bodies grade laterally to very muddy overbank...

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