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Global geologic history and distribution of hydrocarbon reserves

C. Bois, P. Bouche and R. Pelet
Global geologic history and distribution of hydrocarbon reserves
AAPG Bulletin (September 1982) 66 (9): 1248-1270


Seven major periods between the Cambrian and the Holocene; Paleozoic reserves (North America and Europe) are related to stable-platform environments; Mesozoic and Tertiary reserves are in the Mesogean (Tethyan) realm, passive margins, and the western American mobile belts. The Mesogean realm contains 69% of the world oil and gas reserves and reflectsthe history of repeated opening and closing of the Mesogea ocean that resulted in several phases of basin development. Comparative isolation favored preservation of organic matter. Hydrocarbon reserves generally decrease as the ages of the reservoir and source rocks increase. Concentrations of reserves within particular age ranges reflect development of two major categories of basins: (1) marine platform basins, which were dominant in the Devonian, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods, and (2) rapidly subsiding basins, which were dominant in the late Tertiary and probably during the Late Carboniferous.--Modified journal abstract.

ISSN: 0149-1423
EISSN: 1558-9153
Coden: AABUD2
Serial Title: AAPG Bulletin
Serial Volume: 66
Serial Issue: 9
Title: Global geologic history and distribution of hydrocarbon reserves
Affiliation: Inst. Fr. Pet., Rueil-Malmaison, France
Pages: 1248-1270
Published: 198209
Text Language: English
Publisher: American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Tulsa, OK, United States
References: 34
Accession Number: 1983-027654
Categories: Economic geology, geology of energy sources
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: 3 tables, charts, sketch maps
N25°00'00" - N42°00'00", E25°30'00" - E63°19'60"
Source Note: Wallace E. Pratt memorial volume
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 1983
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