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dc.contributor.advisorBend, Stephen
dc.contributor.authorMacKnight, Scott Gordon
dc.date.accessioned2018-12-05T18:05:42Z
dc.date.available2018-12-05T18:05:42Z
dc.date.issued2018-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10294/8525
dc.descriptionA Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Geology, University of Regina. xiii, 224 p.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe Viceroy Unit, an organic matter-rich mudrock within the Souris Valley Beds in south-east Saskatchewan, displays a number of sedimentological features including rip-up clasts, flocculated clay clasts, beds bound by scoured surfaces, down-lapping ripples, truncated beds, and normal graded silt and clay laminaesets. Through the implementation of modified mudrock nomenclature guidelines and current mudrock concepts the distinct texture, mineralogical composition, organic matter content and bedding fabric of the Viceroy Unit can be related to an ‘event’ dependent mode of deposition. ‘Event sedimentation’ invokes a depositional environment with periods of both high and low energy, and the occurrence of intermittent storm-driven ‘events’ that leads to the deposition of a heterogeneous mudrock that contains several definable sub- Facies of varying petroleum potential. As a result of ‘event sedimentation,’ complex sedimentological variations exist within the Viceroy Unit mudrock, which leads to a lack of internal bed correlation and highly variable zones of in situ petroleum. Sedimentary characteristics such as texture, mineral composition, organic matter content and bedding fabrics will vary across a storm-effected shelf, depending on storm path and storm intensity. ‘Event sedimentation’ deposit highly diachronous mudrocks whose successive accumulation can be effectively characterized through the core logging methodology and framework proposed in this study. This study suggests that by utilizing the proposed core logging methodology and derived sub-Facies as a framework for subsequent geochemical analysis, the number of ii geochemical samples and amount of time and required to conduct accurate resource estimations for resource plays can be greatly reduced. Organic matter-rich mudrocks within the Souris Valley Beds are identified as important source rocks material for the Mississippian and Cretaceous petroleum systems within the Williston Basin. Results from this study suggest that the Souris Valley Beds (Viceroy Unit) are petroleum generating within south-east Saskatchewan. Visible evidence of petroleum generation with includes a very high natural fracture density and bitumen saturation exudations, along with the geochemical results of this study are evidence of in situ petroleum and strongly suggest that the Viceroy Unit is a potential self-sourced resource play within Saskatchewan.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherFaculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Reginaen_US
dc.titleA Geological and Geochemical Assessment of the Lower Mississippian Souris Valley Beds of the Lodgepole Formation in South-East Saskatchewanen_US
dc.typeThesisen
dc.description.authorstatusStudenten
dc.description.peerreviewyesen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science (MSc)en_US
thesis.degree.levelMaster'sen
thesis.degree.disciplineGeologyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Reginaen
thesis.degree.departmentDepartment of Geologyen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberVelez Caicedo, Maria
dc.contributor.externalexaminerYurkowski, Melinda
dc.identifier.tcnumberTC-SRU-8525
dc.identifier.thesisurlhttps://ourspace.uregina.ca/bitstream/handle/10294/8525/MacKnight_Scott_MSC_GEOL_Fall2018.pdf


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