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Sedimentology and stratigraphy of the Granite Wash: Contact Rapids and Keg River Sandstone (Red Earth area) Open Access

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Subject/Keyword
Granite Wash
sedimentology
stratigraphy
Keg River
Contact Rapids
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Balshaw, Kevin Ewart
Supervisor and department
Gingras, Murray (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)
Examining committee member and department
Ranger, Michael (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)
Sacchi, Mauricio (Physics)
Pemberton, George (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)
Gingras, Murray (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)
Department
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Specialization

Date accepted
2010-10-01T02:39:29Z
Graduation date
2010-11
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
The Granite Wash is comprised of diachronous, Cambrian to Devonian sandstone deposits, which include the Devonian Contact Rapids and Keg River sandstones of which this study will focus. Prolific oil production from the Granite Wash has fueled exploration since the 1950s and as a result substantial core and wireline data is available. Mapping of the Precambrian subcrop suggests that palaeo-highs, known as inselbergs, strongly influenced sedimentation transport, volume, rate, and ultimately preservation after marine transgression. Several distinct surfaces identified from wireline data and cores indicate an overall marine transgression throughout Keg River time. The facies observed represent continental, shallow marine and sabkha environments and a climatic shift from arid to semi-arid to arid. This detailed sedimentological and stratigraphic study provided the depositional framework that allowed for palaeogeographic maps to be constructed.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3H12VG45
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