Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Kirkland, Brenda

Committee Member

Skarke, Adam

Committee Member

Esposito, Richard

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access



Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Geosciences


The southern end of the Black Warrior Basin has been the site of limited drilling operations, but a critical need now exists to establish a greater understanding of the regional stratigraphy. The objectives of this study were to define a sequence stratigraphic framework for the southernmost Black Warrior Basin, to identify chronostratigraphic timelines within depositional environments, identify regional transgressive and high stand systems tracts. This information was used to identify three target reservoirs, characterize petrophysical properties, and confirm integrity of reservoir and seal formations for geologic storage. Methods include correlation of petrophysical well logs in the study area, well log analysis, as well as petrographic and core analyses. Five cycles were identified in well log cross sections. Sequence boundaries will be identified in both cross sections seismic data. Cretaceous sediments deposited above a regional sequence boundary above the Paleozoic that may represent as much as ~141 ma of erosion or non-deposition. The results of this study will contribute to development of a proposed geologic carbon sequestration facility in Kemper County, Mississippi.



Sequence Stratigraphy||Black Warrior basin||Carbon Sequestration||EOR||Kemper||Stratigraphy