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The Canadian Arctic margin, from the Alaska/ Canada boundary north-northeastward almost 1,000 km to the north of Banks Island, represents one of the largest sedimentary wedges in the world. With primary input from the Mackenzie River, the margin appears to have all the necessary components of a “world-class” petroleum province: possibilities of structural and stratigraphic traps, multiple potential source rocks, an abundance of potential reservoirs and seals, and timely migration resulting in almost 50 hydrocarbon accumulations discovered to date. However, lack of a large enough discovery to warrant commercial production has resulted in exploration being limited only to the...

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