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MAP 604

Glacial Landforms of Alberta, Canada

A review of government survey mapping and research literature, supplemented by new analysis of remote sensing data was used to produce a glacial map and accompanying geographic information system (GIS) database of landforms associated with the ... Show Abstract

Atkinson, N.  Utting, D.J.  Pawley, S.M.  2014-07-15

ESR 2000-11

Suitability of the Alberta Subsurface for Carbon Dioxide Sequestration in Geological Media

Abstract: Sequestration of anthropogenic CO2 in geological media is a potential solution to the release into the atmosphere of CO2, a greenhouse gas. Basically, there are five ways of sequestering CO2 in geological media: 1) through enhanced oil recovery (EOR), 2) storage in depleted oil and gas geological reservoirs, 3) replacement of methane by CO2 in deep coal beds (ECBMR), 4) injection into deep saline aquifers, and 5) storage in salt caverns. Criteria in assessing the suitability of a sedimentary basin for CO2 sequestration are 1) tectonism and geology, 2) the flow of formation waters, and 3) the existence of storage media (hydrocarbon reservoirs, coal seams, deep aquifers, and salt structures). Because of CO2 properties, identification of the depths of the 31.1 degrees Celsius isotherm and the 7.38 MPa isobar is essential in establishing if CO2 could be sequestered as a gas, as a liquid, or in a supercritical state.Alberta's subsurface is tectonically stable. The geology of the undeformed part of the Alberta Basin underlying most of Alberta is very favourable for CO2 sequestration due to its layer-cake structure and the existence of confined regional-scale aquifers, oil and gas reservoirs in various stages of depletion, uneconomic coal seams, and extensive salt beds. There are six regions in Alberta with various degrees of suitability and different characteristics in terms of CO2 sequestration in geological media:Northeastern Alberta; generally not suitable; possibly in gas reservoirs and salt cavernsEastern Alberta; reasonably suitable; in oil and gas reservoirs and salt cavernsSoutheastern Alberta; suitable; in oil and gas reservoirs and deep aquifersNorthwestern Alberta; suitable; in oil and gas reservoirs and deep aquifersCentral Alberta; extremely suitable; in oil and gas reservoirs, deep aquifers, coal seams, and salt bedsSouthwestern Alberta; extremely suitable; in oil and gas reservoirs, deep aquifers, and coal seamsMajor CO2 producers in Alberta are found in the northeast (oil-sands plants), in the east (heavy-oil and power plants), in the central part (refineries and power, petrochemical, and cement plants), and in the southwest (power, cement, and gas plants). Future work should identify specific sites and means for sequestering CO2 in the vicinity of major CO2 producers, and characterize these sites in terms of capacity and retention time. Place Keywords 72e 72l 72m 73d 73e 73l 73m 74d 74e 74l 74m 82g 82h 82i 82j 82n 82o 82p 83a 83b 83c 83d 83e 83f 83g 83h 83i 83j 83k 83l 83m 83n 83o 83p 84a 84b 84c 84d 84e 84f 84g 84h 84i 84j 84k 84l 84m 84n 84o 84p alberta Theme Keywords co2 geological media sequestration

Bachu, S.  Brulotte, M.  Grobe, M.  Stewart, S.A.  2000-03-01

ECO 1

Calcium and magnesium in Alberta brines

Calcium and magnesium in Alberta brines Approximately 850 subsurface brines from Alberta containing more than 20,000 mg/L calcium and more than 3,000 mg/L magnesium were studied to determine their commercial potential. Knowledge of the regional ... Show Abstract

Hitchon, B.  Holter, M.E.  1971-11-01

MAP 601

Surficial Geology of Alberta

Three additional maps were consulted during compilation but were not ultimately included in this dataset (see Alberta Geological Survey Map 601 for more detail). The resulting surficial geology layer was overlaid on a hill-shaded Shuttle Radar ... Show Abstract

Fenton, M.M.  Waters, E.J.  Pawley, S.M.  Atkinson, N.  Utting, D.J.  Mckay, K.  2013-03-25

SPE 094

Stress Regime at Acid-Gas Injection Operations in Western Canada

Regulatory agencies in Western Canada impose safe limits on the injection pressure to maintain the pressure around the injection well below the fracturing threshold of the rocks. An evaluation of the stress regime at the acid-gas injection sites in ... Show Abstract

Bachu, S.  Haug, K.  Michael, K.  2008-04-14

REP 75

Middle Albian Foraminifera from Athabasca and Peace River Drainage Areas of Western Canada

Fifty-nine species and subspecies of Foraminifera, of which ten are new, from the Clearwater, Grand Rapids and Joli Fou formations of the lower Athabasca drainage and from the lower part of the Fort St. John Group of the upper Peace River area are ... Show Abstract

Stelck, C.R.  Wall, J.H.  Bahan W.G.  Martin L.J  1956-01-01

SPE 009

The Geological and Geochemical Setting of the Mid-Cretaceous Shaftesbury Formation and Other Colorado Group Sedimentary Units in Northern Alberta

The Geological and Geochemical Setting of the Mid-Cretaceous Shaftesbury Formation and Other Colorado Group Sedimentary Units in Northern Alberta The geological setting of the mid-Cretaceous Shaftesbury Formation and other Colorado Group ... Show Abstract

Dufresne, M.B.  Eccles, D.R.  Leckie, D.A.  2001-06-01

SPE 056

Catalogue of Selected Regional Gravity and Magnetic Maps of Northern Alberta

A practical tool for identifying brittle basement faults in northern Alberta was created by detailed processing of public-domain gravity and magnetic data to highlight subtle linear features. Lineaments can be gradient zones, alignments of separate ... Show Abstract

Lyatsky, H.V.  Pana, D.I.  2003-08-01

SPE 054

An Investigation of Geological Applications of Archival Lightning Strike Data in the Province of Alberta (North of Latitude 54° North)

Lightning detection instruments were initially deployed to protect aerospace launch vehicles and solid-state electronics. [...]because of the large area involved in the study, interpretation of possible lightning strike linears was focused on the ... Show Abstract

Robertson, K.  2003-11-01

SPE 020

A Guide to Kimberlite-Indicator Mineral Trends in Alberta Including Observations from Recently Compiled Indicator Mineral Data

A Guide to Kimberlite-Indicator Mineral Trends in Alberta Including Observations from Recently Compiled Indicator Mineral Data Since 1990, diamond exploration in Alberta has resulted in the discovery of 48 kimberlitic pipes and the recovery of more ... Show Abstract

Eccles, D.R.  2005-03-01

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