Organic geochemical features of the Upper Miocene successions of Lefkas and Cephalonia islands, Ionian Sea, Greece: an integrated geochemical and statistical approach

  • Panagiotis Tserolas
  • Angelos Maravelis
  • Nikos Pasadakis
  • Avraam Zelilidis
AGIC 2017
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Geology of North Africa and Mediterranean regions


Fifty-one mudstone samples were collected from the Miocene successions in Lefkas and Cephalonia Islands in Western Greece and were studied in terms of their organic geochemical features using Rock-Eval 6 pyrolysis. The obtained data were further analyzed with the application of advanced statistical methods, such as factor analysis and hierarchical cluster analysis. The obtained data present sample groups with poor to fair hydrocarbon generation potential. The TOC values range from 0.08 to 2.29%, with a general type III kerogen present. In the majority of the samples, the kerogen is immature as evidenced by Tmax and production index values. The present study offers an opportunity to further investigate hydrocarbon prospectivity in the Hellenic Fold and Thrust Belt, a region with crucial economic and strategic importance.


Hellenic Fold and Thrust Belt Ionian Zone Hydrocarbon exploration Organic geochemistry Factor analysis Miocene 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Panagiotis Tserolas
    • 1
  • Angelos Maravelis
    • 1
  • Nikos Pasadakis
    • 2
  • Avraam Zelilidis
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Sedimentology, Department of GeologyUniversity of PatrasRionGreece
  2. 2.Hydrocarbons Chemistry and Technology Laboratory, Mineral Resources Engineering DepartmentTechnical University of CreteChaniaGreece

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