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TitleMeasured porosity in Horn River Group outcrop samples, Central Mackenzie Valley, NWT
AuthorPyle, L J; Hadlari, T; Bartolini, M; Sanei, H
SourceNorthwest Territories Geoscience Office, NWT Open File 2014-011, 2014, 29 pages
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20140308
PublisherNorthwest Territories Geoscience Office
Documentopen file
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
ProvinceNorthwest Territories
NTS95M/09; 95M/10; 95M/11; 95M/12; 95M/13; 95M/14; 95M/15; 95M/16; 95N/09; 95N/10; 95N/11; 95N/12; 95N/13; 95N/14; 95N/15; 95N/16; 95O/11; 95O/12; 95O/13; 95O/14; 96B/03; 96B/04; 96B/05; 96B/06; 96B/11; 96B/12; 96B/13; 96B/14; 96C; 96D; 96E; 96F; 96G/03; 96G/04; 96G/05; 96G/06; 96G/11; 96G/12; 96G/13; 96G/14; 96K; 96L; 105N/07; 105N/08; 105N/09; 105N/10; 105N/15; 105N/16; 105O/09; 105O/10; 105O/11; 105O/12; 105O/13; 105O/14; 105O/15; 105O/16; 105P/09; 105P/10; 105P/11; 105P/12; 105P/13; 105P/14; 105P/15; 105P/16; 106A; 106B; 106C/01; 106C/02; 106C/07; 106C/08; 106C/09; 106C/10; 106C/15; 106C/16; 106F/01; 106F/02; 106F/07; 106F/08; 106F/09; 106F/10; 106F/15; 106F/16; 106G; 106H; 106I/01; 106I/02; 106I/03; 106I/04; 106I/05; 106I/06; 106I/07; 106I/08; 106I/09; 106I/10; 106I/11; 106I/12; 106J/01; 106J/02; 106J/03; 106J/04; 106J/05; 106J/06; 106J/07; 106J/08; 106J/09; 106J/10; 106J/11; 106J/12; 106K/01; 106K/02; 106K/07; 106K/08; 106K/09; 106K/10; 96J/03; 96J/04; 96J/05; 96J/06; 96J/11; 96J/12; 96J/13; 96J/14
AreaMackenzie River
Lat/Long WENS-133.0000 -123.0000 66.7500 63.5000
Subjectseconomic geology; fossil fuels; geochemistry; stratigraphy; sedimentology; petroleum exploration; oil shales; porosity; thermal maturation; whole rock geochemistry; sedimentary basins; Devonian Horn River Group
Illustrationstables; location maps; structural diagrams; graphs; structural cross-sections
ProgramShale-hosted petroleum ressource assessment, Geoscience for New Energy Supply (GNES)
Measured porosity values from two members of the Hare Indian Formation (Bluefish and Bell Creek), the Canol Formation, and the Imperial Formation do not show a significant difference in the volume of pores between units; however, the sample subset size is small (38 analyses). Pore volume was not found to correlate well with TOC values, nor with Tmax to suggest a relationship with either organic matter, maturity patterns, or silica content within this subset of samples from the Central Mackenzie Corridor.
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
Canol Formation is a world-class oil shale. The unconventional potential of Canol Formation for shale oil extraction has spurred renewed industry activity in the Central Mackenzie Valley. 38 samples of Canol Formation were analyzed for porosity, where oil would potentially reside, with the intention to: test the porosity relations with organic matter, stratigraphic location, and thermal maturity to better understand the potential distribution of favourable shale reservoir rocks in the region. The results do not show positive correlations between these factors, which leads to the question of geographic control that could be answered with further study.