The shallow stratigraphy and geohazards of the northern Baffin Island shelf: studies to 2012
hydrocarbons, marine sediments, ice scours, slope stability, geohazards
Preliminary resource assessments of the Baffin Bay–Lancaster Sound region suggest hydrocarbon resource potential similar to or greater than the Beaufort-Mackenzie (Harrison et al., 2011) and Jeanne d’Arc basins. Prior to determining if exploration will proceed in this frontier area, scientific understanding of regional geological constraints to exploration and development is essential. Collaboration between the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) and the ArcticNet program (www.arcticnet.ulaval.ca) has resulted in the acquisition of multibeam echosounder and sub-bottom profiler data in northern Baffin Bay and Lancaster Sound since 2004. In 2008, the GSC and partners at the University of Quebec at Rimouski and the University of Quebec at Montreal completed a joint research cruise to northern Baffin Bay and Lancaster Sound, collecting seabed sediment samples and high resolution seismic reflection data. These new data have been used in conjunction with archived high-resolution seismic data collected by the GSC during the 1970’s and 1980’s in an effort to compile all the currently available information relating to the surficial geology, shallow stratigraphy and seabed geohazards of the northern Baffin Island shelf (see study area in Figure 1). Through this information compilation, data and knowledge gaps regarding seabed hazards will be recognized which will be used to make recommendations for future research.
Bennett, R., Campbell, D. C., and Furze, M .F. A. (2013). The shallow stratigraphy and geohazards of the northern Baffin Island shelf: studies to 2012. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 7355. doi:10.4095/292614
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