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Research Cores

These research cores were collected by Exxon Production Research in the United States in the 1980s and 1990s behind key outcrops to test models of depositional facies and sequence stratigraphy. These cores were instrumental in developing concepts such as high-frequency sequence stratigraphy, parasequences, and depositional models for shoreface, deltas, and deepwater fans. These data have been released by ExxonMobil, and are the best available for each core.

Users may download the data, but any publication must acknowledge the source of the data from ExxonMobil Upstream Research, and cite copyright holders. Images not otherwise copyrighted are copyrighted by SEPM. Please see Exxon Core Data Copyright Permission Rules for more detail.


Morrison Formation, fluvial facies

Salt Wash 1

Fluvial and paleosols from the Salt Wash Mbr, Morrison Fm. Near Green River, Utah

Shootaring Canyon 1

Fluvial and paleosols from the Salt Wash Mbr , Morrison Fm. Southeastern Utah

Bentonite Mine 1

Fluvial and paleosols from the Salt Wash Mbr , Morrison Fm. Near Grand Junction, Colorado

Mostly coastal facies

Blaze Canyon 1

Shoreface, fluvial, incised valley fills. Utah Upper Blackhawk Fm. and Castlegate Ss. Near Thompson Springs

Sego Canyon 2

Shoreface, fluvial, incised valley fills. Utah Upper Blackhawk Fm. and Castlegate Ss. Near Thompson Springs

Price River C Upper

Shoreface parasequences, Blackhawk Fm. Near Helper, Utah

Price River A

Delta parasequence, Panther Tongue Fm. Near Helper, Utah

Price River B

Delta parasequence, Panther Tongue Fm. Near Helper, Utah

Price River C Lower

Delta parasequence, Panther Tongue Fm. Near Helper, Utah

Deepwater facies

Berryessa Peak 1

Venado Sandstone channel fills. Berryessa Peak, California

Buena Vista 1 & 2

Brushy Canyon Formation, channel fills. 130 km west of Pecos, Texas

Colleen Canyon 1

Brushy Canyon Formation, channel to lobe facies 130 km west of Pecos, Texas

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