The Lower Bakersfield Arch Assessment Unit (AU) of the Miocene Total Petroleum System (San Joaquin Basin Province) is primarily defined by the distribution of hydrocarbons generated from biosiliceous shale of the Monterey Formation and by the distribution of basinal-facies sandstones of the Stevens sand of Eckis (1940; hereafter referred to as Stevens sand). Traps are principally stratigraphic and structural/stratigraphic, with most discovered accumulations occurring in deep-sea channel, fan, and braided submarine channel deposits of the late Miocene Stevens sand. Smaller and fewer accumulations are found in older sandstones such as the Vedder and Jewett Sands of Oligocene to Miocene age. Compared to the west side of the basin, the AU is largely unstructured, except for localized down-to-the-basin normal faults. Map boundaries of the assessment unit are shown in figures 14.1 and 14.2; this assessment unit supersedes the Lower Bakersfield Arch play 1003 considered by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in the 1995 National Assessment (Beyer, 1996). Stratigraphically, the AU extends from the uppermost crystalline basement to the topographic surface (fig. 14.3). The AU is bounded on the east and north by the limit of basinal- facies sandstones of the Stevens sand; this eastern boundary corresponds to the approximate location of the shelf-slope break of the San Joaquin Basin in late Miocene time. The western boundary of the AU is the approximate eastern limit of structural deformation on the basin’s west side. The White Wolf Fault bounds the AU on the south.
|Title||Miocene Total Petroleum System -- Lower Bakersfield Arch Assessment Unit of the San Joaquin Basin Province: Chapter 14 in Petroleum systems and geologic assessment of oil and gas in the San Joaquin Basin Province, California|
|Authors||Donald L. Gautier, Allegra Hosford Scheirer|
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Series Title||Professional Paper|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|
|USGS Organization||Energy Resources Program|