2002 Denver Annual Meeting (October 27-30, 2002)

Paper No. 10
Presentation Time: 10:45 AM


MILLER, Angela1, ELMORE, R. Douglas2 and ENGEL, Michael H.1, (1)School of Geology and Geophysics, Univ of Oklahoma, 100 East Boyd St, Norman, OK 73019-1009, (2)School of Geology and Geophysics, Univ of Oklahoma, 100 E. Boyd St, Norman, OK 73019, scubabear@ou.edu

The objective of this study is to test if widespread remagnetization in the Mississippian Deseret Limestone, a source rock for hydrocarbons in other units in Utah, corresponds to the modeled early Cretaceous age of maturation. The Delle Phosphatic Member of the Deseret Limestone entered the oil window in the early Cretaceous during the Sevier orogeny based on modeling studies. Paleomagnetic results from central and western Utah indicate that the unit contains two chemical remanent magnetizations (CRMs) that reside in magnetite. Three fold tests from western Utah indicate a pre-folding CRM that is Triassic to Jurassic in age. Preliminary petrographic and geochemical studies indicate that orogenic type fluids have not altered these rocks. The age of the CRM is prior to the modeled time for organic matter maturation in central Utah to the east of the folds. This CRM is interpreted to be the result of burial diagenesis, such as clay alteration, and/or an early stage of organic matter maturation within the source rock. A second younger CRM in western and central Utah is postfolding based on a regional fold test. This CRM is of Cretaceous age and the timing coincides with the oil window based on the thermal modeling. These results are consistent with a connection between organic matter maturation and remagnetization but also suggest that other burial diagenetic processes may also be involved in acquisition of CRMs.