Editor's note: This paper is based on a presentation at the 2003 Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists/Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists Joint Convention in Calgary.

Exploration for a wide range of mineral deposits is critically dependent on knowledge of the location and age of fractures and faults. Oil and gas fields in many sedimentary basins are distributed along fault-controlled linear trends, and fault identification is often used effectively for target-area selection in hydrocarbon exploration. Similarly, mineral deposits in various geologic settings are commonly associated with fluid-conducting faults. In the platformal, Phanerozoic Alberta sedimentary basin in western Canada (Figure 1...

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