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Assessment of NE Greenland: prototype for development of Circum-Arctic Resource Appraisal methodology

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Donald L. Gautier
Donald L. Gautier
1
US Geological Survey, 345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA
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Lars Stemmerik
Lars Stemmerik
2
Department of Geography and Geology, University of Copenhagen, Øster Voldgade 10, DK-1350 Copenhagen K, Denmark
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Flemming G. Christiansen
Flemming G. Christiansen
3
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Øster Voldgade 10, DK-1350 Copenhagen K, Denmark
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Kai Sørensen
Kai Sørensen
3
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Øster Voldgade 10, DK-1350 Copenhagen K, Denmark
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Torben Bidstrup
Torben Bidstrup
3
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Øster Voldgade 10, DK-1350 Copenhagen K, Denmark
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Jørgen A. Bojesen-Koefoed
Jørgen A. Bojesen-Koefoed
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Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Øster Voldgade 10, DK-1350 Copenhagen K, Denmark
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Kenneth J. Bird
Kenneth J. Bird
1
US Geological Survey, 345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA
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Ronald R. Charpentier
Ronald R. Charpentier
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US Geological Survey, Box 25046 Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225, United States
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David W. Houseknecht
David W. Houseknecht
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US Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20192, United States
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T. R. Klett
T. R. Klett
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US Geological Survey, Box 25046 Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225, United States
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Christopher J. Schenk
Christopher J. Schenk
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US Geological Survey, Box 25046 Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225, United States
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Marilyn E. Tennyson
Marilyn E. Tennyson
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US Geological Survey, Box 25046 Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225, United States
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Published:
January 01, 2011

Abstract

Geological features of NE Greenland suggest large petroleum potential, as well as high uncertainty and risk. The area was the prototype for development of methodology used in the US Geological Survey (USGS) Circum-Arctic Resource Appraisal (CARA), and was the first area evaluated. In collaboration with the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), eight ‘assessment units’ (AU) were defined, six of which were probabilistically assessed. The most prospective areas are offshore in the Danmarkshavn Basin. This study supersedes a previous USGS assessment, from which it differs in several important respects: oil estimates are reduced and natural gas estimates are increased to reflect revised understanding of offshore geology. Despite the reduced estimates, the CARA indicates that NE Greenland may be an important future petroleum province.

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Geological Society, London, Memoirs

Arctic Petroleum Geology

Anthony M. Spencer
Anthony M. Spencer
Statoil, Norway
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Ashton F. Embry
Ashton F. Embry
Geological Survey of Canada, Canada
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Donald L. Gautier
Donald L. Gautier
United States Geological Survey, USA
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Antonina V. Stoupakova
Antonina V. Stoupakova
Moscow State University, Russia
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Kai Sørensen
Kai Sørensen
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland
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Geological Society of London
Volume
35
ISBN electronic:
9781862394100
Publication date:
January 01, 2011

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