Nashville Geoscience, LLC

cental Utah thrust belt

west edge of the central Utah thrusting showing Cambrian-Precambrian (top sequence) thrust eastward over gently dipping cretaceous-Eocene beds

The Central Utah thrust belt consists of multiple different basins over time overprinted with multiple  thrust terrains overprinted , modified in places with salt tectonics, volcanics, proximal synorogenic clastics to marine sediments, numerous unconformities, followed by later normal faulting and most recently Pleistocene lake beds morphologies in this 'normal' conventional play.


The purpose of this study is to prepare interested companies with the knowledge and interpretations

of the area should they desire to pursue the area further.


This is an area lightly explored with one economic field discovery, Covenant Field, having produced 20.2 MM BBLS of oil since its discovery in 2004.

  • GIS database on a county level including:  available imagery, wells, surface geology & strat. sections, prev. researchers

  • Structure maps on all significant horizons

  • Regional and detailed structural and stratigraphic cross-sections (available in NeuraSection formats)

  • Fault Plane maps on all significant thrust faults and normal faults connecting surface exposure to subsurface control

  • Examination of available cuttingsand generation of new lithologic logs where mud logs or logs don't exist

  • Examination of Cores, Sidewalls, and Cutting on all horizons

  • Thin sections particularly in any prospective horizons

  • Geochemistry on all wells for examination of shales for Total Organic (TOC), Vitrinite Reflectance (Ro), T. Extractables


The study requires 3 companies committed at $65,000 per company. Proceeds from companies joining within the year will be shared 65% to JV companies and 35% by Nashville Geoscience, LLC. The study will start in January 2015 and take one year. The study will delivery 3 times during the year simultaneously to JV Partners  with 3 scheduled meetings and 1 field seminar. A minimum of 50% of initial funds shall be dedicated to program technical requirements and  costs and 50% to personnel.

This database will be invaluable to any companies considering current or future work in the area.



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