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TitleReport of activities for the Hudson Platform: stratigraphy, source rock and RADARSAT research, Nunavut and Manitoba, GEM 2 Hudson-Ungava Project
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorLavoie, DORCID logo; Zhang, S; Desrochers, A; Castagner, A; Nicolas, M P B; Beauchemin, M; Decker, V
SourceGeological Survey of Canada, Open File 7943, 2015, 23 pages, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Documentopen file
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is related to Report of activities for the 2017 GEM-2 Hudson Bay-Ungava Project: stratigraphy, source rock and RADARSAT-2 research, Nunavut, Manitoba, and Ontario
File formatpdf
ProvinceOntario; Manitoba; Nunavut
NTS32M; 33D; 33E; 33L; 33M; 33N; 34C; 34F; 34K; 34L; 34M; 34N; 35C; 35D; 35E; 35F; 35K; 35M; 35N; 42I; 42J; 42K; 42L; 42M; 42N; 42O; 42P; 43; 53H; 53I; 53J; 53K; 53N; 53O; 53P; 54A; 54B; 54C; 54F; 54K
AreaHudson Bay; James Bay; Akpatok Island; Southampton Island
Lat/Long WENS -96.0000 -78.0000 66.0000 48.0000
Subjectsfossil fuels; stratigraphy; geophysics; hydrocarbons; hydrocarbon potential; sedimentary rocks; oil; oil shows; stratigraphic analyses; petroleum resources; petroleum exploration; petroleum occurrence; satellites; satellite imagery; remote sensing; Hudson Platform; Hudson Bay Basin; Foxe Basin; Moose River Basin; RADARSAT; Paleozoic
Illustrationslocation maps; stratigraphic columns; satellite images; photographs
ProgramGEM2: Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals Hudson/Ungava, Stratigraphy Petroleum Basins
Released2015 11 20
The Arctic is the last area with significant conventional hydrocarbon potential to be explored. A report by the United States Geological Survey indicates reserves of over 90 billion barrels of oil, 44 billion barrels of natural gas liquids and 1670 trillion cubic feet of natural gas (Bird et al., 2008), with a significant portion of these reserves located in the Canadian Arctic.
The Hudson Bay basin is one of these under explored sedimentary basins in the Canadian Arctic. The basin is the largest intracratonic basin in North America and if other similar basins in North America (Michigan, Illinois, Williston basins) are world-class hydrocarbon producers, the Hudson Bay basin has significant potential. To date, only nine exploration wells have been drilled in this large basin
(4 onshore and 5 offshore) with no commercial discovery.
As part of the initial phase of the Geoscience for Energy and Minerals (GEM) program, a reevaluation of historical exploration data and strategic acquisition of new hydrocarbon system data led to a preliminary positive evaluation of the hydrocarbon prospectivity of the basin (Lavoie et al., 2013, 2015a).
The Hudson Bay - Ungava project of the second phase of the GEM program aims to provide new information and models for the evolution of the Hudson Bay basin which will serve as the cornerstone for a modern appraisal of the hydrocarbon prospectivity of the largest sedimentary basin in Canada.
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
This report present a summary of field activities carried out in the summer of 2015 as part of the hydrocarbon theme of the Hudson Bay - Ungava GEM-2 project. The activities include the stratigraphic survey on Akpatok Island and the stratigraphic field trip in Manitoba as well as the detailed Upper Ordovician reef facies architure on Southampton Island.

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