The stratigraphic layers below the Permian basin are a diverse mix of various rock types and stacked shale plays. What is often lost on most people is just how deep companies are drilling to hit those plays. The amazing precision required is remarkable when looking at the first of Energy Ink’s graphic depictions which reveals a scale view of the earth beneath the Permian’s Delaware Basin in Northern Reeves County where the most recent hotbed of actiivty is taking place. Notice just how small the rig is compared to the depth of the Wolfcamp shale some 10,000 feet below. Compared to Houston’s tallest building, those depths really come into perspective. The next graphic depicts how the strata changes from West to East along the Delaware revealing just how precise engineers have gotten to ensure hitting the payzone. Intersted in the Bakken? Check out our scale graphic of the earth under North Dakota.