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Geology and petroleum potential of the Lincoln Sea Basin, offshore North Greenland

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Kai Sørensen
Kai Sørensen
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), Copenhagen, Denmark
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Don Gautier
Don Gautier
United States Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA, United States
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Janet Pitman
Janet Pitman
United States Geological Survey, Denver, CO, United States
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H. Ruth Jackson
H. Ruth Jackson
Geological Survey of Canada, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Trine Dahl-Jensen
Trine Dahl-Jensen
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), Copenhagen, Denmark
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Published:
January 01, 2011

Abstract

A seismic refraction line crossing the Lincoln Sea was acquired in 2006. It proves the existence of a deep sedimentary basin underlying the Lincoln Sea. This basin appears to be comparable in width and depth to the Sverdrup Basin of the Canadian Arctic Islands. The stratigraphy of the Lincoln Sea Basin is modelled in analogy to the Sverdrup Basin and the Central Spitsbergen Basin, two basins between which the Lincoln Sea intervened before the onset of seafloor spreading in the Eurasian Basin. The refraction data indicates that the Lincoln Sea Basin is capped by a kilometre-thick, low-velocity layer, which is taken to indicate an uplift history similar to, or even more favourable than, the fairway part of the Sverdrup Basin. Tectonic activity in the Palaeogene is likely to constitute the major basin scale risk. We conclude that the Lincoln Sea Basin is likely to be petroliferous and contains risked resources on the order of 1×109 barrels of oil, to which comes an equivalent amount of (associated and nonassociated) gas.

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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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