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Squinting Through Leaded Glass: A Public Domain View of the Alpine Play in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPRA)

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David W. Houseknecht
David W. Houseknecht
U.S. Geological Survey 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 956 Reston, Virginia 20192
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Published:
December 01, 2002

Abstract

The 1994 discovery of the Alpine oil field (>400 MMBO recoverable), a subsequent Federal lease sale in northeast NPRA, and the 2001 announcement of discoveries of commercial quantities of hydrocarbons in Alpine-type traps within NPRA (Fig. 1) have reinvigorated exploration interest in a formerly moribund part of the Alaska North Slope. Limited data available in the public domain suggest that key ingredients of Alpine-type accumulations include a high gravity oil charge apparently sourced from a condensed section in the Lower Jurassic and stratigraphic traps in the Upper Jurassic comprising a transgressive assemblage of lenticular, fine-grained, well winnowed shoreface sands deposited in erosional incisions and sealed by condensed mudstone (Figs. 2 and 3).

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Sequence Stratigraphic Models for Exploration and Production: Evolving Methodology, Emerging Models and Application Histories

John M. Armentrout
John M. Armentrout
Houston, Texas
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Norman C. Rosen
Norman C. Rosen
Houston, Texas
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SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology
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22
ISBN electronic:
978-0-9836096-8-1
Publication date:
December 01, 2002

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