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Tectonic Heat Flow and Thermal Source Rock Maturity Modelling in the Rub’ Al-Khali Basin (Saudi Arabia) Using an Updated Crustal Model Derived from GOCE Satellite Data

R. Abdul Fattah1, S. Meekes1, J. Bouman2, and J. Ebbing3



The Rub’ al-Khali basin (Saudi Arabia) is an important hydrocarbon province in the Middle East but not much is known about the thermal maturity of the main source rocks in this large area. The evolution of the thermal regime in the basin through geological times is a determining factor for source rock maturity prediction. Modeling of tectonic heat flow is a convenient approach to reconstruct the thermal system in the basin. However, this requires information on the deep crustal structure in the study area as well as on the tectonic evolution of the basin.


AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90188 ©GEO-2014, 11th Middle East Geosciences Conference and Exhibition, 10-12 March 2014, Manama, Bahrain