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TitleGeological and geochemical data from Mackenzie Corridor. Part III: New data on lithofacies, micropaleontology, lithogeochemistry, and Rock-EvalTM pyrolysis from the Devonian Horn River Group in the Mackenzie Plain and Norman Range, Northwest Territories
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorKabanov, PORCID logo; Gouwy, SORCID logo; Lawrence, P A; Weleschuk, D J; Chan, W C
SourceGeological Survey of Canada, Open File 7951, 2016, 52 pages, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Documentopen file
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is related to the following publications
File formatreadme
File formatpdf; xls; rtf
ProvinceNorthwest Territories
NTS96C/03; 96C/04; 96C/05; 96C/06; 96C/11; 96C/12; 96C/13; 96C/14; 96D; 96E; 96F/03; 96F/04; 96F/05; 96F/06; 96F/11; 96F/12; 96F/13; 96F/14; 106A/03; 106A/04; 106A/05; 106A/06; 106A/11; 106A/12; 106A/13; 106A/14; 106H/03; 106H/04; 106H/05; 106H/06; 106H/11; 106H/12; 106H/13; 106H/14
AreaMackenzie Valley; Mackenzie River
Lat/Long WENS-129.0000 -125.0000 66.0000 64.0000
Subjectsfossil fuels; geochemistry; paleontology; biostratigraphy; lithofacies; lithogeochemistry; hydrocarbons; hydrocarbon potential; hydrocarbon migration; sedimentary rocks; wells; well log analyses; oil wells; shales; sedimentary basins; porosity; reservoir rocks; reservoirs; source rocks; source rock analyses; petroleum occurrence; petroleum resources; petroleum exploration; petroleum; lithology; depositional environment; pyrolysis; x-ray fluorescence analyses; Horn River Group; Imperial Formation; Canol Shale; Canol Formation; Bluefish Member; Hare Indian Formation; Horn River Formation; Hume Formation; Ramparts Formation; Paleozoic; Devonian; Mesozoic
Illustrationslocation maps; tables; stratigraphic columns; logs; plots; photomicrographs; histograms
ProgramGEM2: Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals Mackenzie Corridor, Shield to Selwyn
Released2016 03 24
This report compiles new data from six wells from the Canol Shale Play exploration area and two adjacent outcrop sections. New fossil identifications and conodont data from studied cores improve biostratigraphic constraints of the Kee Scarp/Canol and Canol/Imperial contacts. Lithofacies descriptions and core face photoplates are provided. Cored sections of Loon Creek O-06, Little Bear N-09, East McKay I-78, and Mirror Lake N-20 exploration wells (all drilled in 2013) intersect the upper Hume, Hare Indian, Canol formations, and the base of the Imperial Formation. Cores from two older wells Mackenzie River #4 (E-27) and Canyon Creek # 1 (G-51) are revisited to better understand the Kee Scarp / Canol contact and the Canol-Imperial transitional interval. The core from Loon Creek O-06 well has been sampled (380 samples) and analyzed for major oxides, trace elements, and total C and S (ICP-MS/ES and Leco methods). Same samples were run for Rock-EvalTM 6 pyrolysis. Selected rock structures were surveyed for chemical composition with ED-XRF. The measured outcrop sections are Prohibition Creek (upper Bluefish - upper Canol interval) and Francis Creek (Hume - Hare Indian interval). Spectral gamma log with 0.5 m vertical step allows for correlation of these outcrops with subsurface sections as exemplified by two cross sections. New data allow for improvement in local lithostratigraphic subdivision of the Horn River Group.
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
This paper reports on new data from Canol hydrocarbon shale play in the Sahtu region. including recently drilled wells Loon Creek O-06, Mirror Lake N-20, East MacKay I-78, and two outcrop sections adjacent to the(Canol Shale Play). The well core intersects the upper Hume, basinal-type Hare Indian, Canol formations, and the base of the Imperial Formation. The section description is provided. A total of 380 samples collected from the base to the top of the Horn River Group have been analyzed for bulk geochemistry and run for Rock-Eval VI pyrolysis. The resultant multiproxy section will be used as a chemostratigraphic reference for shale hydrocarbon exploration and academic studies. The measured outcrop sections are Prohibition Creek (upper Bluefish - basal Imperial interval) and Francis Creek (Hume - Bell Creek interval). Spectral gamma log with 0.5 m vertical step provides the tool for detailed correlation with subsurface sections as exemplified by the cross section.

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