Presenter Information

Aaron Ramon Rezendez


Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Research Advisor

Gregg, Jay M.

Advisor's Department

Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Funding Source

Acknowledge is made to the donors of the Petroleum Research Fund, administered by the American Chemical Society (PRF-25926-AC8) and to the National Science Foundation (NSF- EAR-9105490) and to the UMR OURE program for partial support of this project.


Knowledge of the relative influence of eustatic and tectonic controls on sedimentation in basins is important to developing a regional facies model. The Reelfoot Rift basin is located on the southern margin of the North American Craton. The tectonic and sedimentary history of the rift began during Middle Cambrian time and extended through the Early Ordovician. Oil test well cuttings and cores were used to construct a stratigraphic fence extending from the Cambro- Ordovician platform west of the St. Francois Mts. southeastward info the rifted basin. Three major transgressive-regressive sequences and numerous minor transgressive-regressive sequences were observed in Cambro-Ordovician rocks in and adjacent to the Reelfoot Rift. The major sequences are likely to have been controlled by eustatic sea level events and the minor sequences are likely to have been influenced by both eustatic and local tectonic controls.

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Presentation Date

29 Jan 1993