Trends of subsurface structure, total sandstone isopachs and thickness variations are used to geologically characterize the depositional subdivisions of the non-marine part of the Mesaverde Group in the Rulison Field area of the southern Piceance Basin. Investigation of a gas production trend indicates that higher productivity may be controlled by structure induced fracturing and is independent of thicker sandstone accumulations. In addition, over-pressured gas reservoirs in a non-marine part of the Mesaverde Group have not been fully evaluated and may be an important exploration target.

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