1 Thermal History of Sedimentary Basins: Introduction and Overview.- 2 Thermal Conductivity of Sedimentary Rocks: Measurement and Significance.- 3 Reaction of Organic Material to Progressive Geological Heating.- 4 Molecular Thermal Maturity Indicators in Oil and Gas Source Rocks.- 5 Temperature and Time in the Thermal Maturation of Sedimentary Organic Matter.- 6 Chemical Geothermometers and Their Application to Formation Waters from Sedimentary Basins.- 7 Paleotemperatures from Fluid Inclusions: Advances in Theory and Technique.- 8 The Thermal Transformation of Smectite to Illite.- 9 40Ar/39Ar Thermochronology of Sedimentary Basins Using Detrital Feldspars: Examples from the San Joaquin Valley, California, Rio Grande Rift, New Mexico, and North Sea.- 10 The Application of Fission-Track Dating to the Depositional and Thermal History of Rocks in Sedimentary Basins.- 11 Apatite Fission-Track Analysis as a Paleotemperature Indicator for Hydrocarbon Exploration.- 12 Significance of Combined Vitrinite Reflectance and Fission-Track Studies in Evaluating Thermal History of Sedimentary Basins: An Example from Southern Israel.- 13 Estimating the Thickness of Sediment Removed at an Unconformity Using Vitrinite Reflectance Data.- 14 A Finite Element Model of the Subsidence and Thermal Evolution of Extensional Basins: Application to the Labrador Continental Margin.- 15 A Simulator for the Computation of Paleotemperatures During Basin Evolution.- 16 Thermal Evolution of Laramide-Style Basins: Constraints from the Northern Bighorn Basin, Wyoming and Montana.- 17 Thermal and Hydrocarbon Maturation Modeling of the Pismo and Santa Maria Basins, Coastal California.
The collection of papers in this volume is a direct result of the Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists Research Symposium on "Thermal History of Sedimentary Basins: Methods and Case Histories" held as part of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention in New Orleans in March 1985. The original goal of the sym posium was to provide a forum where specialists from a variety of dis ciplines could present their views of methods that can be used to study the thermal history of a sedimentary basin or an important portion of a basin. An explicit part of that goal was to illustrate each method by presentation of a case history application. The original goal is addressed by the chapters in this volume, each of which emphasizes a somewhat different approach and gives field data in one way or another to illustrate the practical useful ness ofthe method. The significance of our relative ignorance of the thermal conductivities of sedimentary rocks, especially shales, in efforts to understand or model sedimentary basin thermal histories and maturation levels is a major thrust of the chapter by Blackwell and Steele. Creaney focuses on variations in kerogen composition in source rocks of different depositional environments and the degree to which these chem- . ically distinct kerogens respond differently to progressive burial heating.
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