Depositional and Diagenetic History of a Lower Permian (Wolfcamp) Phylloid-Algal Reservoir, Hueco Formation, Morton Field, Southeastern New Mexico

  • John M. Cys
  • S. J. Mazzullo
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Morton Field is a small structural-stratigraphic reservoir located in the Tatum Basin of southeastern New Mexico, on the Northwest Shelf of the very prolific Permian Basin region (Fig. 17-1). The Tatum Basin is a local depocenter that appeared in early Pennsylvanian time, with maximum development in the Middle Pennsylvanian. By late Wolfcampian (early Permian) time, the basin had lost its integrity as a result of depositional infilling. The field is located in the southern portion of the basin (Fig. 17-1) and produces from a phylloid-algal bioherm complex in the informal “Lower Wolfcamp” and Bough members of the Hueco Formation, a unit of Wolfcampian age. This paper describes the depositional and diagenetic facies in the Hueco Formation of Morton Field, as identified in cores from five wells.


Drill Stem Diagenetic History Delaware Basin Northwest Shelf Moldic Porosity 
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  • John M. Cys
  • S. J. Mazzullo

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