Oil and Gas Exploration Wells Drilled to Precambrian Basement in Southeastern Arizona and Southwestern New Mexico

  1. Harald Drewes and
  2. Russ Dyer
  1. D.J. Brennan1 and
  2. Sam Thompson III2

Published Online: 21 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/FT121p0064

Tectonics of the Eastern Part of the Cordilleran Orogenic Belt, Chihuahua, New Mexico and Arizona: El Paso, Texas to Tucson, Arizona June 29-July 4, 1989

Tectonics of the Eastern Part of the Cordilleran Orogenic Belt, Chihuahua, New Mexico and Arizona: El Paso, Texas to Tucson, Arizona June 29-July 4, 1989

How to Cite

Drewes, H. and Dyer, R. (1989) Oil and Gas Exploration Wells Drilled to Precambrian Basement in Southeastern Arizona and Southwestern New Mexico, in Tectonics of the Eastern Part of the Cordilleran Orogenic Belt, Chihuahua, New Mexico and Arizona: El Paso, Texas to Tucson, Arizona June 29-July 4, 1989, American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/FT121p0064

Author Information

  1. 1

    Arizona Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Phoenix

  2. 2

    New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources, Socorro

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1989

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875905891

Online ISBN: 9781118668818

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Keywords:

  • Cochise County;
  • Hidalgo and Grant County;
  • Luna and Dona Ana County;
  • Oil and gas exploration;
  • Pima County

Summary

In the Tucson-El Paso area of southeastern Arizona, southwestern New Mexico, and northwestern Chihuahua, 18 oil and gas exploration wells have been drilled to Precambrian basement. Structural elevations of the Precambrian top in these wells range from +1,626 ft (above sea level) to −11,710 ft (below sea level). However, the Precambrian rises to a surface elevation of over 7,000 ft in the Florida Mountains and is estimated to he at a subsea elevation of about −24,600 ft beneath the recently drilled Phillips No. 1 Sunland Park well in Dona Ana County, New Mexico. A major part of the structural relief may be attributed to Basin and Range normal faulting in Miocene-Pliocene time. A significant part may be attributed to Laramide folding, thrusting, and wrench-faulting. the Phillips No. A1 Tombstone State well in Cochise County, Arizona is the only one that appears to have penetrated a basement-involved thrust; in that well, Precambrian granite overlies Cretaceous sedimentary rocks.