Petroleum Potential of Cretaceous Source Rocks in the Levant Basin

Aaron Meilijson, Emily Finkelman, Sarit Ashckenazi-Polivoda, F. Garrett Boudinot, Or M. Bialik, Giovanni Coletti, Josh Steinberg, Kul Karcz, Nicolas D. Waldmann, Julio Sepúlveda, Yizhaq Makovsky

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Several oil shows have been reported from offshore and onshore wells of the Levant Basin, which promoted research and exploration as indicators for potential economic discoveries in the yet unpenetrated Mesozoic interval of the basin. In most cases, no definitive source to oil correlation has been established, advocating the need for the fingerprinting of regional source rocks to compare their organic geochemical signatures to those of oils. A summary of known properties of oils sampled from different wells in the region raised several questions regarding source–oil and oil–oil correlation, maturity, and source of the organic matter. In this part of the project we examined the Cretaceous section in the region by conducting a sedimentological and organic geochemical investigation of organic-rich intervals from ODP well material and onshore wells in the Levant region. We show that organic-rich Upper Cretaceous deposits, Turonian OAE2, and lowermost Cretaceous Barremian organic-rich deposits, should be considered as viable candidates for sourcing hydrocarbon formation in the deep basin, where they might have matured.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Geophysics, Tectonics and Petroleum Geosciences - Proceedings of the 2nd Springer Conference of the Arabian Journal of Geosciences CAJG-2, Tunisia 2019
EditorsMustapha Meghraoui, Narasimman Sundararajan, Santanu Banerjee, Klaus-G. Hinzen, Mehdi Eshagh, François Roure, Helder I. Chaminé, Said Maouche, André Michard
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9783030730253
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022
Event2nd Springer Conference of the Arabian Journal of Geosciences, CAJG-2 2019 - Sousse, Tunisia
Duration: 25 Nov 201928 Nov 2019

Publication series

NameAdvances in Science, Technology and Innovation
ISSN (Print)2522-8714
ISSN (Electronic)2522-8722


Conference2nd Springer Conference of the Arabian Journal of Geosciences, CAJG-2 2019

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  • Cretaceous
  • Eastern Mediterranean
  • Petroleum source rocks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Architecture
  • Environmental Chemistry


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