Deltas in the Cisco Group contain significant volumes of potential reservoir sandstones in the Late Pennsylvanian (Virgilian/Gzhelian) mixed siliciclastic-carbonate succession in the Eastern Shelf of the Permian Basin. While early studies predominantly supported a river-dominated model for these deltas, our findings establish the presence of tide-influenced deltas characterized by the following features: (i) predominant heterolithic lithology; (ii) diagnostic structures such as flaser bedding, bidirectional ripple cross-lamination, or double-mud drapes; (iii) an abundance of interpreted fluid muds; and (iv) elongated bars on the subaqueous platform. Through analysis of 290.2 m of core, we identify six (6) facies associations related to tide-influenced deltaic systems in highstand and falling-stage intervals of the proximal Eastern Shelf: lower-delta-plain/embayed tidal flat, distributary channel and distributary mouth bar/delta front deposits on the subaerial delta; subaqueous delta platform, subaqueou s delta foreset, and prodelta deposits on the subaqueous delta. Moreover, two (2) additional facies associations, transgressive shelf deposits, and subtidal shallow-water carbonates, record continuous episodic transgressions within the deltaic packages. Well-log cross sections reveal repetitive stacking of deltas, typical of icehouse systems, and sandstone mapping suggests elongated tidal bars forming the interpreted subaqueous delta platforms. These features suggest a compound clinoform morphology of the Cisco Group deltas akin to modern tide-influenced deltas that have carbonate banks such as the Gulf of Papua. This compound clinoform morphology has implications for the elongate geometry and isolation of sandstone reservoirs, impacting fluid migration and storage. Moreover, these insights extend beyond the Cisco Group to other Pennsylvanian and Permian levels on the Eastern Shelf, as well as to other deltas in mixed siliciclastic-carbonate systems in icehouse conditions.

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