Hydrocarbon Resources of the Eastern Overthrust Belt: A Realistic Evaluation

Science  28 May 1982:
Vol. 216, Issue 4549, pp. 980-982
DOI: 10.1126/science.216.4549.980


By considering the present occurrence of hydrocarbons, past geologic conditions, and timing of deposition, deformation, and metamorphism, realistic limits to hydrocarbon occurrences in the Appalachians may be defined. Additional consideration of thermal gradients and present depths to possible sedimentary rocks in the footwall beneath the Blue Ridge—Piedmont overthrust indicates that hydrocarbon stability is unlikely beneath much of it today.