Theodore A. Link, 1954. "Source of Oil in “Tar Sands” of Athabaska River, Alberta, Canada", Western Canada Sedimentary Basin: A Symposium; Sponsored by the Alberta Society of Petroleum Geologists, and the Saskatchewan Society of Petroleum Geologists, Leslie M. Clark
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The “Tar sands” of the Athabaska or “McMurray bituminous sands” of Lower Cretaceous age in northeastern Alberta, Canada, are believed to have derived their bituminous content from the underlying coral-reef reservoirs of Upper Devonian age which come in contact and near-contact with the overlying sands at the unconformity between the Lower Cretaceous and the Devonian. The white quartz sands were supplied from the pre-Cambrian “Athabaska sandstone” lying at the northeast on the Canadian shield, and it is suggested that the escape of oil and gas through fissures and fractures from the Devonian reservoirs into the “Tar sands” occurred primarily during, but also possibly subsequent to, the deposition of the Cretaceous “Tar sands.” It is also believed that the Lower Cretaceous heavy oil of Lloydminster, Alberta, has had a similar history.
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Western Canada Sedimentary Basin: A Symposium; Sponsored by the Alberta Society of Petroleum Geologists, and the Saskatchewan Society of Petroleum Geologists
An enormous asymmetric structural and sedimentary basin with the deepest part along the eastern margin of the highly disturbed foothills belt of the Rocky Mountains, the Western Canada sedimentary basin is detailed in this volume. It consists of 30 papers dealing with the petroleum geology of the basin, with most of the papers deal with the area south of the Northwest Territories. The geological history of the area is covered, as well as topics such as: regional stratigraphic analysis, paleontological correlations, structural interpretations, folded faults, and the tar sands of Athabaska River.