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Structure of the Red Wing Creek Oil Field, North Dakota: a field that produces from a meteorite impact.


The Red Wing Creek field, Williston Basin, North Dakota, was discovered in 1971 based on a seismic/structural anomaly. Production is from highly fractured and deformed Mississippian carbonate strata, and began in 1972 and has continued until today. By the mid 1970’s, the field was interpreted to occur in a meteorite impact, of probably Pennsylvanian-Permian age. A 3-D seismic data set, acquired in 2001, is being interpreted to better image the complexities of the feature. Wireline logs, cores, and reservoir information are being integrated into the study to produce a comprehensive view of the complexities of the field, as well as the nature of larger meteorite impact feature.