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The Sverdrup basin, in the northern part of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, contains a considerable thickness of deposits ranging in age from Carboniferous to early Tertiary (Fig. 1). These strata unconformably overlie Devonian and older rocks of the Franklinian geosyncline, which was the site of deposition of a large volume of sediments between late Pre-cambrian and Late Devonian time.

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