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Petrographic and X-ray Microtomographic Analysis of the Upper Montney Formation, Northeastern British Columbia, Canada

  • Author / Creator
    Playter, Tiffany L
  • Utilizing electron microprobe (EMP), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and petrographic analysis, 14 thin sections from the Upper Montney Formation were analyzed. Five microfacies were identified. Rock types observed include: dolomitic lithic arkos, dolomitic litharenite, dolomitic feldspathic litharenite and dolomitic feldspathic litharenite. These microfacies are interpreted to be dominantly event beds, possibly sourced from turbidity currents. Depositional environments range from the lower shoreface to offshore. Pyrite analysis suggests deposition in dominantly disoxyic conditions, with 3 anoxia spikes in association with a decrease in ocean acidity. Additionally, microfocus-computed tomographic analysis was conducted on a representative sample from the Upper Montney. By comparing these analyses with EMP images, 3-D mineral characterization was made possible. This technique reveals low overall porosity and the presence of dedolomite.

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  • Graduation date
    2013-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3QD5D
  • 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)
    • J-P Zonneveld (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)
    • Murray Gingras (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • S. George Pemberton (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)
    • Kurt Konhauser (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)