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Introduction

The Western Canada Sedimentary Basin is one of the most prolific and best researched petroliferous basins in the world. Hydrocarbons were first discovered in commercial quantities in the Mississippian Turner Valley field southwest of Calgary in 1914, but this field was relatively small and economically insignificant in the long run. The first prolific oil field was discovered in a Devonian reef in 1947 near the town of Leduc close to Edmonton. This discovery started an economic boom in the province of Alberta that is ongoing to this day, on the basis of oil and gas revenue. Although agriculture, forestry,...

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