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Ichnology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, and trace fossil-permeability relationships in the Upper Cretaceous Medicine Hat Member, Medicine Hat gas field, southeast Alberta, Canada

  • Author / Creator
    La Croix, Andrew David
  • The Upper Cretaceous Medicine Hat Member (Niobrara Formation) in western Canada contains abundant reserves of biogenic natural gas. In the Medicine Hat gas field area of southeast Alberta, nineteen cored intervals were examined and classified based on primary physical and biogenic sedimentary structures. Core analysis and stratigraphic mapping determined that the Medicine Hat Member strata consist of stacked, regionally extensive, lobate geobodies that prograde to the north. Employing spot-minipermeametry, the effect of biogenic rock fabrics on the reservoir characteristics was assessed. X-ray micro-computed tomography was conducted on four samples from a reservoir interval to visualize the geometry and distribution of burrow-associated heterogeneity. The results demonstrate that planiform bioturbate textures locally enhance the storage and transmission of natural gas in Medicine Hat reservoirs.

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  • Graduation date
    2010-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R36Q1SR2P
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Gingras, Murray (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)
    • Pemberton, S. George (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Gingras, Murray (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)
    • Ranger, Mike (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)
    • Proctor, Heather (Biological Sciences)
    • Pemberton, S. George (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)