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Open-File Report 2012–1254

Vitrinite Reflectance Data for Cretaceous Marine Shales and Coals in the Bighorn Basin, North-Central Wyoming and South-Central Montana

By Mark J. Pawlewicz and Thomas M. Finn

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The Bighorn Basin is a large Laramide (Late Cretaceous through Eocene) structural and sedimentary basin that encompasses about 10,400 square miles in north-central Wyoming and south-central Montana. The purpose of this report is to present new vitrinite reflectance data collected from Cretaceous marine shales and coals in the Bighorn Basin to better characterize the thermal maturity and petroleum potential of these rocks. Ninety-eight samples from Lower Cretaceous and lowermost Upper Cretaceous strata were collected from well cuttings from wells stored at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Core Research Center in Lakewood, Colorado.

First posted December 19, 2012

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Pawlewicz, M.J., and Finn, T.M., 2012, Vitrinite reflectance data for Cretaceous marine shales and coals in the Bighorn Basin, north-central Wyoming and south-central Montana: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012–1254, 11 p.



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