Since the search for hydrocarbon resources in the Arctic started in the 1930's the exploration activity has expanded into many of the Arctic regions, and several of the Arctic sedimentary basins have proven to be important sources of hydrocarbon. Nevertheless, the Arctic continental margins and adjacent onshore areas are still largely unexplored in the context of petroleum, and are therefore considered to be one of the few regions in the world where significant undiscovered sources of hydrocarbon may exist. The aim of the book is to give an updated overview of the geology of the Arctic sedimentary basins and their petroleum potential. Although the different basins vary significantly as regards sedimentary fill and tectonic evolution, many of the basins share some of the characteristics needed to become prolific oil and gas provinces.
The book contains 45 extensively illustrated articles. It starts with papers on the Mesozoic source rocks, and oceanic natural gas clatrates in the Arctic, respectively. Then follow articles on the regional and petroleum geology of the main regions; Greenland, North American Arctic, Soviet Arctic and the Barents Sea. Particular emphasis is placed on the Barents Sea. The two last chapters comprise articles on salt dynamics and methods. The book closes with a paper on international law in the Arctic. This volume will be of interest to both students and professional earth scientists/petroleum explorationists working in the northern latitudes. It will allow the readers to stay abreast of the development in this climatic region of the world.
Preface. List of Contributors. Part I. General. Mesozoic hydrocarbon source-rocks of the Arctic region (T.L. Leith et al.). Natural gas hydrates: Arctic and Nordic Sea potential (M.D. Max, A. Lowrie). Part II. Greenland. The southern West Greenland continental shelf - was petroleum exploration abandoned prematurely? (J.A. Chalmers, T.C.R. Pulvertaft). Depositional history and petroleum geology of the Carboniferous to Cretaceous sediments in the northern part of East Greenland (L. Stemmerik et al.). Evidence for wrenching during Mid-Permian extension in central East Greenland (D.Q. Coffield). Moscovian bryozoan-dominated build-ups, northern Amdrup Land, eastern North Greenland (L. Stemmerik). Sedimentology and diagenesis of the Upper Permian Wegener Halvø Formation carbonates along the margins of the Jameson Land Basin, East Greenland (L. Stemmerik et al.). Part III. North American Arctic. T-R sequence stratigraphy, facies analysis and reservoir distribution in the uppermost Triassic-Lower Jurassic succession, western Sverdrup Basin, Arctic Canada (A.F. Embry, E.P. Johannessen). Evaluation of maturity and source rock potential in the Lougheed Island area of central Sverdrup Basin, Arctic Canada (F. Goodarzi et al.). The source-rock potential and thermal maturity of the sedimentary succession in the Drake and Hecla hydrocarbon fields, Melville Island, Canadian Arctic Archipelago (T. Gentzis, F. Goodarzi). Hydrocarbon potential of the St. George Basin, Bering Sea, Alaska (K. Carter, I. Lerche). Hydrocarbon loss from oil and gas fields of the Sverdrup Basin, Canadian Arctic Islands (D.C. Waylett, A.F. Embry). Crockerland - The northwest source area for the Sverdrup Basin, Canadian Arctic Islands (A.F. Embry). Carboniferous and Permian reefs of Sverdrup Basin, Canadian Arctic: An aid to Barents Sea exploration (B. Beauchamp). Part IV. Soviet Arctic. Main results of oil and gas prospecting in the B
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University of Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway
Rogaland Research Institute, Stavanger, Norway
Exxon Co. USA, Houston, TX, USA
Norsk Petroleums-ferening (NPF), Oslo, Norway
Statoil, Stavanger, Norway
Statoil, Stavanger, Norway
Norsk Hydro a.s., Stabekk, Norway
@qu:Arctic Geology and Petroleum Potential is a nicely presented compendium of high quality, well-documented papers covering a wide range of petroleum-related subjects. ...access is imperative for petroleum explorers and all others interested in geoscience in the circum-Arctic frontier. @source:Bulletin of the Canadian Petroleum Geology