The elastic properties of shale rock exhibit anisotropy due to the presence of highly anisotropic clay minerals and their alignment. This anisotropy has a significant impact on geophysical and geomechanical responses. However, the elastic anisotropy of shale is often overlooked due to the difficulty in measuring sufficient parameters in the field, resulting in a gap between theoretical understanding and practical implementation. To address this issue, a rock physics-based approach was tested on log data obtained from a vertical well in the Marcellus Shale to estimate anisotropy parameters. The approach utilized a rock physics model based on the Sayers-den Boer method with model parameters optimized using measured stiffness parameters C33, C55, and C66. Anisotropy parameters δ and ε were then calculated using these optimized model parameters. The optimized model parameters and estimated anisotropy parameters are consistent with existing studies, indicating the correctness of the model. Additionally, the rock physics model was used to investigate the impact of gas saturation on the vertical VP/VS ratio and ε/γ ratio. It was found that gas saturation has a significant impact on these ratios. This carries important implications for acoustic log data interpretation and seismic characterization of shales.

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