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Effect of the thermal gradient variation through geological time on basin modeling; a case study: The Paris basin.

Abstract : Many studies investigated the thermal modeling of the Paris basin for petroleum interests during the 1970s. Most of the softwares developed by oil companies or research centers were based on the assumption of a constant thermal gradient. In order to take into consideration the variation of the thermal gradient during basin evolution, we developed the TherMO's Visual Basic 1D program. We applied our model to twenty boreholes located along a cross-section roughly running EW over 150 km in the center of the Paris basin. The numerical results were calibrated with organic matter maturity data. TherMO's simulates the amount of heat provided to the sedimentary organic matter. The heat parameter simulated shows lateral variation along the cross-section. It decreases from Rambouillet to Trou Aux Loups boreholes (87–66 mW/m2) at about 100 km more to the east whereas the heat flux value simulated is 73 mW/m2 in St. Loup borehole. The mean thermal gradient calculated for liassic horizons at 87 My for the Rambouillet well is 50.4 °C/km. This value is similar to previously published results. By integrating the calculation of the thermal gradients and conductivities related to the burial of each stratigraphic sequence, our approach points out variations in the thermal regimes the sedimentary organic matter (SOM) has been subjected to through geological time.
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L. Amir, Luis Martinez, Jean-Robert Disnar, J.L. Vigneresse, R. Michels, et al.. Effect of the thermal gradient variation through geological time on basin modeling; a case study: The Paris basin.. Tectonophysics, Elsevier, 2005, 400, pp.227-240. ⟨10.1016/j.tecto.2005.03.004⟩. ⟨hal-00023318⟩

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