HIGH-RESOLUTION MAPPING OF ORGANIC CARBON DISTRIBUTION IN THE LOWER HURON MEMBER OF THE OHIO SHALE, EASTERN OHIO, USA
For this study, TOC content was estimated and mapped across each depositional cycle to determine if changes in basin morphology impact the distribution of high-TOC zones. Previously published TOC data from cores that penetrate the Devonian shale interval were compiled and used to develop an equation to estimate TOC using gamma-ray and bulk density logs. A multivariate regression analysis was performed in Microsoft Excel to develop the equation, and GeoGraphix software was used for geophysical log analysis and TOC estimation.
Maps showing the average TOC content across eastern Ohio for each of the eight lower Huron cycles were generated. In each cycle, TOC weight percent is highest in the west and decreases to the east as the units thicken into the basin center. The upper four cycles have overall lower average TOC estimates, which also corresponds with a change in basin strike. Localized TOC highs and lows (bullseyes) seem to cluster around potential bathymetric highs and fault systems.