Petroleum-generating potential of sediments at DSDP Leg 64 Holes, supplement to: Kendrick, J W (1982): Petroleum-generating potential of sediment in the Gulf of California. In: Curray, JR; Moore, DG; et al. (eds.), Initial Reports of the Deep Sea Drilling Project (U.S. Govt. Printing Office), 64, 871-875

J W Kendrick
Sediments from the Gulf of California contain sufficient amounts of thermally reactive organic matter to be considered fair-to-good potential petroleum source rocks. While sediments deposited within the present oxygen-minimum zone have the greatest amounts of organic matter, those deposited below the oxygen-minimum contain sufficient organic matter to be considered potential source rocks. The organic matter in the sediment is almost exclusively marine, Type II kerogen. Different techniques of determining kerogen composition produce generally compatible answers,...
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