Abstract

This paper presents the results of structural mapping in the Peace River Arch region, obtained by applying a refined trend surface analysis to existing well-log data. Maps generated with the new approach allow for accurate location of formation-top offsets and recognition of faults associated with small, metre-scale offsets. Consequently, new faults were identified in the Mesozoic strata, and faults previously recognized as only offsetting Paleozoic strata were found to extend into the Cretaceous strata but with much smaller formation-top offsets. This provided direct evidence for re-activation of the Dawson Creek Graben Complex (DCGC) during the Cretaceous. An additional structural feature named Clear River Graben was recognized to have affected Permian to Jurassic strata. Relationships among previously interpreted faults were clarified and the structural controls on the DCGC were more accurately evaluated.

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