Depositional history and petroleum geology of the Carboniferous to Cretaceous sediments in the northern part of East Greenland

Lars Stemmerik, Flemming G. Christiansen, Stefan Piasecki, Birthe Jordt, Christian Marcussen, Henrik Nøhr-Hansen

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    Major depositional phases of subsidence and basin fill occurred in northern East Greenland during the latest Devonian–earliest Carboniferous, Late Carboniferous, Late Permian–earliest Triassic, mid-Jurassic-earliest Cretaceous, and mid-Cretaceous, and a total of 5-6 km of sediment accumulated. These phases were followed by a phase of Tertiary volcanism and a subsequent period of uplift. Potential source rocks include oil-prone, Upper Carboniferous lacustrine shales, oil-prone Upper Permian marine shales, and gas-prone Upper Jurassic marine shales. The shales are generally immature in outcrop with the exception of areas surrounding larger Tertiary intrusions and areas with a high density of Tertiary sills. In these areas sediments are postmature. The potential source rocks are believed to be adequately buried with respect to oil-generation only in the easternmost part of the area, where they apparently passed into the oil-window during Cretaceous time. In this area four play concepts have been suggested, all with Upper Palaeozoic source rocks and respectively Upper Carboniferous, Upper Permian, Middle Jurassic and Upper Jurassic–Lower Cretaceous reservoirs.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationArctic geology and petroleum potential
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Norwegian Petroleum Society Conference, 15-17 August 1990, Tromsø, Norway
    EditorsT.O. Vorren, E. Bergsager, Ø.A. Dahl-Stamnes, E. Holter, B. Johansen, E. Lie, T.B. Lund
    Place of PublicationAmsterdam
    Number of pages21
    ISBN (Print)0-444-88943-4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1993
    EventNorwegian Petroleum Society Conference 1990 - Tromsø, Norway
    Duration: 15 Aug 199017 Aug 1990

    Publication series

    SeriesNorwegian Petroleum Society Special Publications


    ConferenceNorwegian Petroleum Society Conference 1990

    Programme Area

    • Programme Area 3: Energy Resources


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