Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

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First Advisor

Simpson, Frank,





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The hydrocarbon potential of the Viking Formation and coeval units is described on the basis of core descriptions, geophysical well logs, drill-stem-test data, and the earliest drilling records in three areas of detailed study in Saskatchewan and western Manitoba. Sandstone bodies in the different areas are compared to account for Viking depositional patterns. Potential, new exploration targets are identified. The Viking-Newcastle succession should be regarded as prospective for hydrocarbons. There are many promising structural and stratigraphic traps. Porous reservoirs combined with trapping mechanisms, such as updip pinch-outs of strata, enveloping by impermeable strata, diagenetic caps, drape folds, and facies architecture, make the study areas attractive for exploration drilling. Some of the exploration targets were viewed as prospective in the past as at Vera and Unity in western Saskatchewan. Others were neglected (Ashville Sand) or overlooked during drilling to deeper targets (southeastern Saskatchewan), while some appear to be under consideration for the first time (all areas). (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Earth Sciences. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1999 .D36. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 39-02, page: 0460. Adviser: Frank Simpson. Thesis (M.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1999.