NE Greenland Composite Tectono-Sedimentary Element, northern Greenland Sea and Fram Strait

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The NE Greenland margin measures more than 300 km from coast to the continent–ocean transition at its widest part and is in an early state of exploration. It is expected to hold significant petroleum reserves due to a high concentration of large structures and prolific source-rock intervals anticipated in the subsurface. The margin is composed of five tectonic units: (1) the Koldewey Platform; (2) the Danmarkshavn Basin; (3) the Danmarkshavn Ridge; (4) the Thetis Basin; and (5) the Wandel Sea Basin. These units form the NE Greenland Rifted Margin Composite Tectono-Sedimentary Element. Rifting commenced at some time during the Devonian or Carboniferous and recurred during latest Jurassic–Cretaceous time. Major tilted fault blocks and other rift-related structures formed during latest Jurassic–Cretaceous rifting. The structures are typically cored by Triassic–Middle Jurassic sand-prone sequences. Oil-prone Upper Jurassic–lowermost Cretaceous marine source rock caps the structures or is located immediately downdip. A large concentration of structures exists in the eastern Danmarkshavn Basin, the western Thetis Basin and along the edges of the Danmarkshavn Ridge. Other major structures exist in the least data-covered parts of the margin furthest north.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSedimentary successions of the Arctic region and their hydrocarbon prospectivity
EditorsS.S. Drachev, H. Brekke, E. Henriksen, T. Moore
PublisherGeological Society of London
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Oct 2021

Publication series

SeriesGeological Society, London, Memoirs

Programme Area

  • Programme Area 3: Energy Resources


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