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Denver Basin Paleozoic Study

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GeoDigital Information's Denver Basin Paleozoic study focuses on the relationship between structure and depositional systems in Desmoinesian through Wolfcampian strata.

Interval isopachs, lithofacies, and paleogeographic maps were used to develop depositional models and to document the complex depositional history of the area. During the late Paleozoic, cyclic marine incursions resulted from changes in eustatic sea level and variations in local subsidence rates. The major structural feature affecting depositional rates and patterns was the Transcontinental Arch, which bisected the study area.

Core descriptions and petrographic analyses, focusing upon diagenetic alterations and their effects on porosity development, are integrated with the stratigraphy, tectonic framework, and depositional models

This study covers over 51,000 square miles in Colorado, within which 373 wells were correlated, and represents several man-years of geologic research.

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