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TitlePaskapoo groundwater study part IV: detailed outcrop measured sections of the Paskapoo formation in the Red Deer region, Alberta
AuthorHamblin, A P
SourceGeological Survey of Canada, Open File 5535, 2007, 20 pages; 1 CD-ROM, (Open Access)
LinksMetadata - Métadonnées
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Documentopen file
MediaCD-ROM; digital; on-line
RelatedThis publication is related to the following publications
File formatreadme
File formatbmp; pdf (Adobe® Reader® v.7.0.5, is included / est fourni); txt
NTS83A/02; 83A/03; 83A/04; 83A/05; 83A/06; 83A/07; 83A/10; 83A/11; 83A/12; 83B/01; 83B/08; 83B/09
AreaRed Deer
Lat/Long WENS-114.5000 -112.7500 52.6333 52.0000
Subjectsstratigraphy; hydrogeology; fossil fuels; Paleogene; Paleocene; reservoir rocks; groundwater resources; aquifers; petroleum resources; hydrocarbons; gas; fluvial deposits; channel deposits; sedimentary rocks; sandstones; siltstones; field work; stratigraphic analyses; paleocurrent analyses; sedimentary structures; paleocurrents; bedding; sediment dispersal; coal seams; Paskapoo Formation; Haynes Member; Lacombe Member; outcrop studies; Phanerozoic; Cenozoic; Tertiary
Illustrationslocation maps; tables; stratigraphic sections; rose diagrams
ProgramGroundwater Mapping Program
Released2007 05 01
AbstractThe Paskapoo Formation, of Paleocene age, is an important, but poorly understood groundwater aquifer in western Alberta, and is now emerging as a shallow gas reservoir. Because the Paskapoo represents the bedrock at surface over its area of occurrence, and has not previously been a major hydrocarbon target, there has been little study of outcrop or subsurface data. This report summarizes outcrop fieldwork along the Red Deer River, in an east-west transect, both eastward and westward of the city of Red Deer, where Paskapoo rocks are intermittently exposed. In this report, the information is presented as 12 standard measured sections, with text descriptions of units and paleocurrent data, which (from east to west) approximate a continuous succession of the lower and middle portions of the formation. The lower Paskapoo is characterized by thick, multi-storied fluvial channel sandstones (Haynes Member) with dispersal toward the east-northeast. The middle Paskapoo comprises primarily thinly interbedded siltstones and sandstones (Lacombe Member) also with dispersal toward the east-northeast. This report is meant to be complementary to two other Open File reports: one on the Paskapoo (and related stratigraphic units) of the Calgary region (GSC OF 5536), and a second describing relevant cores in the central Alberta region (GSC OF 5537).