Geology of Sverdrup Basin—Summary1
Published:January 01, 1973
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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Following the discovery of Prudhoe Bay oil field in 1968, much attention was turned to the Arctic in the search for giant hydrocarbon accumulations. The Soviets had already proved giant reserves in their West Siberian Basin, and exploration was moving ahead quickly in the Canadian Arctic. Plans were drawn up for an AAPG Symposium on Arctic Geology and held in February 1971. Papers were selected from the Symposium for this publication and cover seven topical groupings: Regional Arctic Geology of Canada, Regional Arctic Geology of the Nordic Countries, Regional Arctic Geology of the USSR, Regional Arctic Geology of Alaska, Comparisons in the North Atlantic Borders, Evolution of the Arctic Ocean Basin, and Economics of Petroleum Exploration and Production in the Arctic.