Refining Permian Karoo stratigraphy in the light of shale gas exploration

Annette Elizabeth Goetz, Katrin Ruckwied

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    The recent interest in Permian black shales of the Main Karoo Basin as an unconventional gas resource requires a robust correlation scheme to identify potential target horizons across the basin. New palynological data from a recently drilled deep borehole in the southern Karoo (KWV-1), as well as outcrop data obtained from the Ecca Pass, the type section of the Permian Ecca Group, are presented to highlight the potential of palynomorph ranges for cross-basin correlation of black shale formations. Available radiometric dates from the Ecca Pass section and southwestern Karoo enable the first chronostratigraphic calibration of the detected palynomorph ranges. The calibrated dataset is a vital tool for shale gas exploration in the southern Karoo.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvances in Devonian, Carboniferous and Permian Research
    Subtitle of host publicationStratigraphy, Environments, Climate and Resources
    EditorsD. Nurgaliev, M. Barclay, S. Nikolaeva, V. Silantiev
    Place of PublicationBologna
    PublisherFilodiritto Editore
    ISBN (Print)9788885813069
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018
    EventKazan Golovkinsky Stratigraphic Meeting, 2017 - Kazan, Russian Federation
    Duration: 19 Sept 201723 Sept 2017


    ConferenceKazan Golovkinsky Stratigraphic Meeting, 2017
    Country/TerritoryRussian Federation


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