Source Rocks of the World (Compiled by M.K. Horn)


AAPG Datapages and the AAPG GIS Publications Committee wish to thank Dr. M. K. (Mike) Horn for allowing his Source Rocks of the World GIS database to be posted on Datapages' GIS Open Files page, thereby making it available to the public as a free download.


Source rock characteristics for 2,311 global locations have been collected and spatially enabled, using generic shapefile and ESRI ArcReader formats.  The user can import the shapefile into a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) enabled software program to display and query the database.  Alternatively, if the user does not have access to a GIS program, the freeware program ArcReader can be downloaded from ESRI to query the ArcReader project. 


Data captured in the attribute table includes location, source rock lithology, environment, age, T.O.C. percent, organic matter type and reservoir characteristics.  Additionally, the USGS basin name and code is referenced, as well as the Tellus basin name and code.  Each source rock entry is referenced with the author, publication journal and title.


The project was peer-reviewed by members of the AAPG GIS Publications Committee and following integration of the feedback by the principle investigator, Dr. Mike Horn, was approved for publication.  Mr. Joe Cross, Staff Geophysicist with ConocoPhillips Company and AAPG GIS Publications Committee member, designed and created the shapefile and ArcReader GIS projects.


Please note: This project, available as one zipped file, includes two formats: Shapefile and ArcReader.
(The Shapefile format requires GIS software; ArcReader uses free software that can be downloaded here.)