Cretaceous carbonates in the Adiyaman region, SE Turkey: an assessment of burial history and source-rock potential

Demirel I., Guneri S.

JOURNAL OF PETROLEUM GEOLOGY, vol.23, no.1, pp.91-106, 2000 (SCI-Expanded) identifier


The burial history and source-rock potential of Cretaceous carbonates in the Adiyaman region of SE Turkey have been investigated The carbonates belong to the Aptian-Campanian Mardin Group and the overlying Karabogaz Formation. The stratigraphy of these carbonates at four well locations was recorded. At each well, the carbonate succession was found to be incomplete, and important unconformities were present indicating periods of non-deposition and/or erosion. These unconformities are of variable extent. When combined with the effects of rapid subsidence and sedimentation which took place in the SW of the Adiyaman region during end-Cretaceous foredeep development they have resulted in variations in the carbonates' present-day burial depths, thereby influencing the regional pattern of source-rock maturation and the timing of oil generation. Burial history curves indicate that the carbonates' maturity increases from SW to NE, towards the Late Cretaceous thrust belt. Predicted levels of maturity for the Mardin Group are consistent with measured geochemical data from three of the wells in the study area (the exception being well Karadag-1).