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Red Wing Creek Field; cosmic impact structure

Elmer S. Parson, Gordon W. Henderson and Louis J. Conti
Red Wing Creek Field; cosmic impact structure
AAPG Bulletin (June 1980) 64 (6): 961


Red Wing Creek field is located near the center of the Williston basin in McKenzie County, North Dakota. The discovery well was drilled by True Oil Co. in August 1972. The primary trapping mechanism is structural. Seismic and subsurface data indicate that Triassic, Permian, and Pennsylvanian formations are missing over the center of the structure. Replacing these are rocks of Mississippian age which have undergone intensive deformation in an uplifted structural cone approximately 3,000 ft (914 m) high and 3 mi (4.8 km) in diameter at its base. Formations above and below the structure show very little tectonic disturbance. Mission Canyon Limestone of Mississippian age is the primary producing horizon. The discovery well has over 1,600 ft (438 m) of net pay which is the best well in the field. Porosities range as high as 25% but most of the reservoir has porosities in the range of 6 to 10%. Oilwater contact is placed at a subsea depth of 7,600 ft (2,316 m). Reservoir studies indicate approximately 100, 000,000 bbl of oil in place. To date the field has 11 wells capable of production. There are eight dry holes. Two wells have been drilled to the Red River Formation of Ordovician age. At present there has been no commercial production above or below the Mississippian. Present data have indicated that the field is producing from the central peak of an astrobleme, or meteorite impact structure of Jurassic age. Proof of this origin is based on geometry and shock deformation features, which include monolithologic breccia, shatter cones, and shock deformed quartz. The feature has been modified by subsequent salt collapse and differential compaction.

ISSN: 0149-1423
EISSN: 1558-9153
Coden: AABUD2
Serial Title: AAPG Bulletin
Serial Volume: 64
Serial Issue: 6
Title: Red Wing Creek Field; cosmic impact structure
Pages: 961
Published: 198006
Text Language: English
Publisher: American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Tulsa, OK, United States
Meeting name: AAPG-SEPM-EMD annual meeting; additional abstracts
Meeting location: Denver, Colo., USA, United States
Meeting date: 19800608June 8-11, 1980
Summary: Y
Accession Number: 1981-010577
Categories: Economic geology of energy sources
Document Type: Serial Conference document
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
N47°19'60" - N48°10'00", W104°04'60" - W102°34'60"
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2019, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 1981
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