The upper Paleozoic succession along the northwest margin of the Canadian Arctic Sverdrup Basin is little studied and poorly understood yet has the potential to yield insights into the paleogeographic and tectonic evolution of the Arctic regions including Crockerland. Carboniferous and Permian drill cuttings were collected from five exploration wells on Brock, Mackenzie King, and Ellef Ringnes islands. Seven unconformity-bounded sequences were identified and correlated. Reflection seismic interpreted on Ellef Ringnes Island indicates that a major syn-sedimentary fault offsets the Mississippian succession bounding a down-to-the-north half-graben. Late Pennsylvanian (Gzhelian) fault reactivation, associated with the Melvillian Disturbance, created a depression that extended northward and was bordered to the south by a structural high. Episodic minor fault reactivation occurred until the Early–Middle Permian boundary. During the latest Early Permian (Kungurian), sand derived from Crockerland prograded southward onto the Sverdrup Basin’s northwest margin and continued into the Roadian. After a lull during the Wordian, clastic progradation resumed in the Capitanian. Detrital zircon U–Pb ages recovered from Kungurian and Roadian samples on Brock and Ellef Ringnes islands display Devonian Clastic Wedge (DCW) signatures. A Moscovian–Artinskian carbonate blanket likely covered Crockerland and sheltered DCW material from erosion, implying it was a subsiding, carbonate bank throughout most of the Pennsylvanian – Early Permian. Base level fall in the Kungurian, associated with a transition to a more humid climate, breached these carbonate rocks to allow erosion and transportation of DCW material. Recycling of the DCW started earlier (Artinskian) and peaked later (Wordian) along the southern margin of the basin.

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