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TitleThe shallow stratigraphy and geohazards of the northern Baffin Island shelf: studies to 2012
AuthorBennett, R; Campbell, D C; Furze, M F A
SourceGeological Survey of Canada, Open File 7355, 2013, 42 pages, (Open Access)
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Documentopen file
Mediaon-line; digital
File formatpdf
ProvinceNorthern offshore region
AreaBaffin Bay; Lancaster Sound
Lat/Long WENS-82.0000 -60.0000 76.0000 71.0000
Subjectsmarine geology; fossil fuels; stratigraphy; surficial geology/geomorphology; hydrocarbon potential; hydrocarbons; marine deposits; marine sediments; glacial deposits; glacial features; ice scours; scour marks; slope deposits; slope failures; slope stability; seismicity; seismic risk; Baffin Island shelf
Illustrationslocation maps; schematic diagrams; profiles; tables; photographs
Natural Resources Canada Library - Ottawa (Earth Sciences)
ProgramMarine Geohazards, Public Safety Geoscience
Released2013 05 31
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
Preliminary resource assessments of the Baffin Bay region suggest significant potential for hydrocarbons. Scientific understanding of regional geological constraints to exploration is essential in this frontier area prior to any decision to open the area to exploration. Recent data, collected mostly on an opportunity basis, and older high-resolution seismic data from the 1970's and 1980's were reviewed to assess available information relating to the geology and seabed geohazards of the northern Baffin Island shelf. Geohazards observed using existing data and reports include hydrocarbon venting features, uneven seabed caused by glacial seabed features, slope failures, ice scour and a high level of seismic activity. With the exception of high seismic activity, these hazards are typical of other glaciated continental margins. The frequency of seismic events combined with its high latitudes is what makes Baffin Bay unique compared to other glaciated margins.