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Mineral resources

Oil and natural gas are common in the subsurface of the Upper Rhine Graben. These hydrocarbons were formed in source rocks and migrated into porous reservoir rocks, where they accumulate in structural traps at great depth. Oil has been extracted from the Upper Rhine Graben for more than a century.


Oil-well pump

Oil is formed from dead and buried marine organisms. The most important reservoir rock in the Upper Rhine Graben is the Pechelbronn Formation, from which oil is extracted at Eich (D), Landau (D), and Scheibenhard (F). Since a few years oil exploration also targets the Buntsandstein rocks at Speyer (D).


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This project is co-financed by the European Union EFRE
European Regional Development Fund