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TitleHydrocarbon resource potential in the Labrador-Baffin Seaway and onshore West Greenland
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LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorBingham-Koslowski, NORCID logo; McCartney, TORCID logo; Bojesen-Koefoed, J; Jauer, CORCID logo
SourceGeological synthesis of Baffin Island (Nunavut) and the Labrador-Baffin Seaway; by Dafoe, L TORCID logo (ed.); Bingham-Koslowski, NORCID logo (ed.); Geological Survey of Canada, Bulletin 608, 2022 p. 409-432, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is contained in Geological synthesis of Baffin Island (Nunavut) and the Labrador-Baffin Seaway
File formatpdf; html
ProvinceNunavut; Newfoundland and Labrador; Northern offshore region
NTS3; 14; 15; 16; 23I; 23O; 23P; 25A; 25G; 25H; 25I; 25J; 25K; 25L; 25M; 25N; 25O; 25P; 26; 27; 28; 29A; 29B; 29C; 29D; 35P; 36A; 36B; 36C; 36D; 36E; 36F; 36G; 36H; 36I; 36P; 37; 38; 39A; 39B; 39C; 39D; 47E; 47F; 47G; 47H; 48A; 48B; 48C; 48D; 48E; 57E; 57H; 58A; 58D
AreaBaffin Island; Baffin Bay; Bylot Island; Davis Strait; Labrador; Labrador Sea; Cape Chidley; Scott Inlet; Canada; Greenland; Denmark
Lat/Long WENS -90.5000 -43.0000 78.0000 52.0000
Subjectsfossil fuels; stratigraphy; geophysics; tectonics; geochemistry; Science and Technology; Nature and Environment; petroleum resources; petroleum exploration; hydrocarbon potential; resource estimation; hydrocarbons; oil; gas; petroleum industry; continental margins; continental shelf; remote sensing; satellite imagery; radar methods; petroleum occurrence; oil slicks; gas seeps; oil seeps; exploration wells; tectonic setting; magmatism; boreholes; core samples; geophysical interpretations; seismic interpretations; bathymetry; bedrock geology; lithology; sedimentary rocks; sandstones; mudstones; shales; carbonates; coal; turbidites; conglomerates; diatomite; igneous rocks; volcanic rocks; hyaloclastites; lava flows; depositional environment; reservoir rocks; source rocks; porosity; organic geochemistry; organic carbon; hydrogen index; hydrocarbon generation; thermal maturation; vitrinite reflectance; permeability; Paleogene; Neogene; Baffin Island Margin; Baffin Island Shelf; Labrador Margin; Labrador Shelf; West Greenland Margin; West Greenland Shelf; Baffin Fan; Saglek Bank; Nain Bank; Hopedale Saddle; Makkovik Bank; Cartwright Saddle; Hamilton Bank; Cumberland Basin; Baffin Basin; Davis Strait Shelf; Frobisher Bay Basin; Saglek Basin; North Ungava Basin; Imapqik Basin; Taruit Basin; Nuussuaq Basin; Scott Trough; Bjarni Formation; Cartwright Formation; Gudrid Formation; Atane Formation; Itilli Formation; Anariartorfik Member; Kangilia Formation; Annertuneq Member; Agatdal Formation; Vaigat Formation; Itilli Fault; Ataneq Formation; Manîtsoq Formation; Kangâmiut Formation; Hellefisk Formation; Nukik Formation; Ikermut Formation; Narssamiut Formation; Atanikerluk Formation; Eqalulik Formation; Vaigat Formation; Quikavsak Formation; Agatdal Formation; Upernivik Naes Formation; Slibestensfjeldet Formation; Kome Formation; Maligât Formation; synthetic aperture radar surveys (SAR); Licensing; Phanerozoic; Cenozoic; Quaternary; Tertiary; Mesozoic; Cretaceous; Paleozoic
Illustrationslocation maps; time series; histograms; geoscientific sketch maps; stratigraphic charts; tables
ProgramGEM2: Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals Baffin Region Atlas
Released2022 08 15
AbstractExploration for hydrocarbons began in the Labrador-Baffin Seaway in the 1960s; activity along the Labrador margin is still ongoing. A moratorium on exploration activities in the Canadian Arctic was enacted in 2016, halting drilling and data acquisition in western Davis Strait and along the Baffin Island margin. The exploration for hydrocarbons along the West Greenland margin ceased in 2021. Despite the presence of all hydrocarbon system elements as well as direct indicators of at least one working hydrocarbon system (e.g. slicks and/or seeps, oil and/or gas shows), no commercially viable accumulations of hydrocarbons have been discovered in the region. Potential sea-surface hydrocarbon slicks have been identified throughout the study region using synthetic aperture radar, but only the slick offshore Scott Inlet (Nunavut) has been directly linked to seafloor hydrocarbon seepage.
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
This paper presents our current knowledge of petroleum occurrences in the Labrador-Baffin seaway and onshore west Greenland. An overview of the exploration histories of the Labrador margin, the Baffin Island margin, and the West Greenland margin is given. A summary of the hydrocarbon potential in the following regions is provided: Labrador margin, Davis Strait and southeast Baffin Shelf, Northeast Baffin Shelf and Baffin Bay, offshore West Greenland, as well as onshore West Greenland. This summary includes known discoveries of hydrocarbons in the regions as well as a discussion on the potential for undiscovered resources. An overview of potential hydrocarbon slicks and seeps from the Canadian margin is also included in this paper.

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