Geodynamics and Petroleum Geology of the Circum Arctic

The USGS predicts that the Circum Arctic region contains over 400 billion BOE of undiscovered hydrocarbon resources.

This Regional Report features a major analysis of the tectonic framework and petroleum potential of the nine principal basins around the Arctic Shelf. It addresses the key uncertainties for oil companies seeking to explore this vast New Ventures province.

A new plate model, constrained by gravity and magnetic data, underpins six palaeogeographic reconstructions to give new perspectives on the tectonostratigraphy of the region. Additional insights are gained through landscape analysis and geochemical modelling.

Geodynamics and Petroleum Geology of the Circum Arctic area of interest“The total mean undiscovered conventional oil and gas resources of the Arctic are estimated to be approximately 90 billion barrels of oil, 1,669 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 44 billion barrels of natural gas liquids.”

(Source: Circum-Arctic Resource Appraisal: Estimates of Undiscovered Oil and Gas North of the Arctic Circle, May 2008)


Example palaeogeography from Getech's Geodynamics and Petroleum Geology of the Circum-Arctic


  • 1,406 page report with 997 figures and tables
  • An ArcGIS™ mxd project and geodatabase v10.x (earlier versions available on request)
  • Geochemical model inputs
  • Digital plate model (GPlates and PaleoGIS formats)

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This Regional Report investigates…

…how differing tectonic models, constrained by gravity and magnetic data, affect our understanding of the regional petroleum systems.

…the petroleum potential of the underexplored basins of the Arctic.

…sub-ice drainage patterns for Greenland.

…how the hinterland evolution of over 80 drainage basins has influenced sedimentary systems on the margins of the Arctic Ocean.

…oil source correlations, revealing new paradigms.

Report Contents

  • Executive Summary and Introduction
  • Geophysical Interpretation
  • Structure and Tectonics
  • Plate Modelling
  • Drainage and Landscape Analysis
  • Palaeoclimatology & Palaeoceanography
  • Petroleum Geochemistry, including six 1D and three 2D geochemical models
  • Palaeogeography:
    • Carnian
    • Kimmeridgian
    • Aptian
    • Turonian
    • Ypresian
    • Last Glacial Maximum
  • Petroleum System Evaluation:
    • Hana Trough (Chukchi Sea)
    • North Slope
    • Mackenzie Delta
    • Sverdrup Basin
    • East Greenland Basin
    • Vøring Basin
    • North Barents Sea
    • South Kara Sea and West Siberian Basin
    • Ust’Lena Rift
  • Conclusions and Appendices

ArcGIS™ Contents

Present Day:

  • Cultural data
  • Sedimentary basins
  • Well and field locations
  • Seismicity and volcanoes
  • Images of gravity and magnetic data, derivatives and transforms
  • Grids and images of depth-to-basement and crustal thickness
  • Eight 2D gravity and magnetic profiles hyperlinked to PDFs
  • Structures and plate polygons
  • Nine chronostratigraphic profiles hyperlinked to PDFs
  • Locations of six 1D and three 2D geochemical models
  • Rivers and drainage basins (including sub-ice ‘drainage’ networks for Greenland)
  • Topography and bathymetry
  • Present Day tectonostratigraphic terrains and gross depositional environments
  • Mapping confidence polygons with linked PDFs of regional text summaries

For each timeslice (Carnian, Kimmeridgian, Aptian, Turonian, Ypresian, Last Glacial Maximum):

  • Rotated cultural data
  • Rotated structural elements and plate polygons
  • Palaeorivers
  • Mapping confidence polygons with linked PDFs of timeslice-specific regional text summaries
  • Palaeotectonostratigraphic terrains and palaeogross depositional environments
  • Modelled palaeotopography and palaeobathymetry
  • Rotated images of gravity and magnetic data

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