ALABAMA'S APPALACHIAN OVERTHRUST AMID EXPLORATORY DRILLING RESURGENCE

Michael L. Epsman Consulting Geologist Tuscaloosa, Ala. John D. Taylor J.R. Holland & Associates Northport, Ala. Oil and gas exploration has been carried out sporadically in the Appalachian overthrust region of Alabama for years, but recently interest in the play has had a major resurgence. The Appalachian overthrust region of Alabama is best exposed in the valley and ridge physiographic province in the northeast part of the state (Fig. 1). Resistant ridges of sandstone and chert and valleys

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