Must-read shale

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Must-read, important, or unusually helpful articles and papers about shale, as a lithology, as a source rock, and as a reservoir.

The first list for this page was provided by Burns Cheadle.


  • Macquaker, J, K Taylor and R Gawthorpe, 2007, High-Resolution Facies Analyses of Mudstones: Implications for Paleoenvironmental and Sequence Stratigraphic Interpretations of Offshore Ancient Mud-Dominated Successions: Journal of Sedimentary Research, 77, 324-339.
  • Macquaker, J, M Keller and S Davies, 2010, Algal Blooms and" Marine Snow": Mechanisms That Enhance Preservation of Organic Carbon in Ancient Fine-Grained Sediments: Journal of Sedimentary Research, 80, 934-942.
  • Macquaker, J and A Adams, 2003, Maximizing information from fine-grained sedimentary rocks: an inclusive nomenclature for mudstones: Journal of Sedimentary Research, 73, 735.
  • Passey, Q.R., and S Creaney, 1993, Recurring Patterns of Total Organic Carbon and Source Rock Quality within a Sequence Stratigraphic Framework, AAPG Bulletin, Volume 77.
  • Plint, AG, A Tyagi, M Hay, B Varban, H Zhang and X Roca, 2009, Clinoforms, Paleobathymetry, and Mud Dispersal across the Western Canada Cretaceous Foreland Basin: Evidence from the Cenomanian Dunvegan Formation and Contiguous Strata: Journal of Sedimentary Research, 79, 144-161.
  • Bhattacharya, J and J MacEachern, 2009, Hyperpycnal Rivers and Prodeltaic Shelves in the Cretaceous Seaway of North America: Journal of Sedimentary Research, 79, 184-209.
  • Schieber, J and J Southard, 2009, Bedload transport of mud by floccule ripples—Direct observation of ripple migration processes and their implications: Geology, 37, 483-486
  • Schieber, J, J Southard and A Schimmelmann, 2010, Lenticular Shale Fabrics Resulting from Intermittent Erosion of Water-Rich Muds—Interpreting the Rock Record in the Light of Recent Flume Experiments: Journal of Sedimentary Research, 80, 119-128.
  • Schieber, J 2011, Reverse engineering Mother Nature-Shale sedimentology from an experimental perspective: Sedimentary Geology, 238, 1-22.

Shale as resource

  • Slatt, R.M., Philp, P.R., O‟Brien, N., Abousleiman, Y., Singh, P., Eslinger, E.V., Perez, R., Portas, R., Baruch, E.T., Marfurt, K.J., and Madrid-Arroyo, S., in press, Pore-to-regional scale, integrated characterization workflow for unconventional gas shales, AAPG Mem. 9
  • Bowman, T, Direct Method for Determining Organic Shale Potential from Porosity and Resistivity Logs to Identify Possible Resource Plays, AAPG Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA, 11-14 April, 2010.
  • Passey, Q, S Creaney, J Kulla, F Moretti, and J Stroud, 1990, A practical model for organic richness from porosity and resistivity logs: AAPG Bulletin, 74, 1777-1794.

Shale physics

  • Barree, R, Gilbert, J, and Conway, M, 2009, Stress and Rock Property Profiling for Unconventional Reservoir Stimulation: SPE 118703.
  • Katahara, K, 2008, What is shale to a petrophysicist?: The Leading Edge, 27, 738-741.
  • Slatt, R, Abousleiman, Y, 2011, Merging sequence stratigraphy and geomechanics for unconventional gas shales: The Leading Edge 30, 274-282. [[1]]
  • Thomsen, L, 1986, Weak elastic anisotropy: Geophysics, 51, 1954-1966.
  • Sondergeld, C, and C Rai, 2011, Elastic anisotropy in shales: The Leading Edge, 30, 324-331.[[2]]
  • Vernik, L, Liu, X, 1997, Velocity anisotropy in shales: A petrophysical study, Geophysics, 62, 521-532.
  • Vernik, L, and J Milovac, 2011, Rock Physics of organic shales: The Leading Edge, 30, 318-323. [[3]]