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TitleReport of activities for the GEM-2 Hudson Bay Basin project: stratigraphy, source rock, and RADARSAT research, Nunavut, Manitoba and Ontario, GEM 2 Hudson-Ungava Project
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorLavoie, DORCID logo; Armstrong, D; Nicolas, M P B; Zhang, S; Pinet, N; Reyes, JORCID logo; Beauchemin, M; Decker, V; Castagner, A; Desrochers, A; Galloway, J MORCID logo; Duchesne, M JORCID logo
SourceGeological Survey of Canada, Open File 8126, 2016, 33 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
NTS25N; 32M; 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; Hudson Strait; Foxe Basin
Lat/Long WENS -96.0000 -63.0000 66.0000 48.0000
Subjectsfossil fuels; stratigraphy; hydrocarbons; hydrocarbon potential; sedimentary rocks; sedimentary basins; oil; oil shows; stratigraphic analyses; petroleum resources; petroleum exploration; petroleum occurrence; Hudson Platform; Hudson Bay Basin; Foxe Basin; Moose River Basin; RADARSAT-2; Paleozoic
Illustrationslocation maps; tables; digital elevation models; profiles; photographs; photomicrographs
ProgramGEM2: Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals Hudson/Ungava Hydrocarbon source rocks
Released2016 10 24
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, only nine exploration wells have been drilled in the Hudson Bay Basin (4 onshore and 5 offshore) between 1960s to early 1980s, with no commercial discovery. As part of the initial phase of the Geoscience for Energy and Minerals (GEM) program, a re-evaluation of historical exploration data and strategic acquisition of new hydrocarbon system data led to the conclusion that most of the key elements for a petroleum system are present in the Hudson Bay Basin, suggesting that its hydrocarbon potential has been under evaluated (Lavoie et al., 2013, 2015).
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 (Fig. 1).
This report presents a summary of all laboratory works carried out in the 3 activities currently in progress for the energy component of the GEM-2 Hudson-Ungava project; stratigraphy, source and reservoir rocks and RADARSAT-2.
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
This report presents a summary of all in-progress activities part of the hydrocarbon component of the Hudson Bay - Ungava project. Two of these activities are the subject of standalone completed Open File contributions given the advancement of the work (source rock kinematics and Apatite fission tracks). The described preliminary results are also subject of provincial and territorial detailed contributions (Ontario, Manitoba, Nunavut) and others are contributions for in progress research for which no RC are available in the PPI (Radarsat and High resolution seafloor bathymetry).

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