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Petroleum Potential of Bristol Bay Basin, Alaska

By
Charles W. Hatten
Charles W. Hatten
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Published:
January 01, 1971

Abstract

The Bristol Bay basin lies north of the Alaska Peninsula and south of the Ahklun Mountains west of Dillingham. The major part of the basin is offshore on the shallow-water shelf of the Bering Sea. The primary objectives are Tertiary rocks, which are mainly continental on the northeast end and marine on the southwest. Secondary objectives are marine rocks of Cretaceous and Jurassic age in the southwestern part of the basin southwest of Port Moller. Numerous potential structural and stratigraphic traps may be present in the Bristol Bay basin, which comprises 95,000 sq mi (246,050 sq km) and contains a sedimentary section possibly as thick as 16,000 ft (4,880 m). Major fields may be found both offshore and onshore. Probably the most favorable areas would be the transition zone where Tertiary marine and nonmarine sedimentary rocks are inter- bedded and/or where the unmetamorphosed marine Cretaceous and Jurassic rocks lie at depths accessible to the drill.

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AAPG Memoir

Future Petroleum Provinces of the United States—Their Geology and Potential, Volumes 1 & 2

Ira H. Cram
Ira H. Cram
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American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Volume
15
ISBN electronic:
9781629812236
Publication date:
January 01, 1971

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