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SPE 052

Guide to Recent Publications on Inorganic Water-Rock Interactions Relevant to Deep-Well Wastewater Disposal in Carbonate-Evaporite Formations in the Athabasca Oil Sands Area, Alberta

Guide to Recent Publications on Inorganic Water-Rock Interactions Relevant to Deep-Well Wastewater Disposal in Carbonate-Evaporite Formations in the Athabasca Oil Sands Area, Alberta The rapid extension of in situ bitumen-recovery projects based on ... Show Abstract

Gordon, T.M.  Kokot, S.L.  Parks, K.  2002-05-01

SPE 013

A Comprehensive Field Guide for Facies Characterization of the Athabasca Oil Sands, Northeast Alberta

The present study was initiated May 1, 1997, and was designed to do regional facies work on the Athabasca oil sands deposit of northeast Alberta, focusing on outcrops as well as selected subsurface core studies of the McMurray Formation. Emphasis ... Show Abstract

Hein, F.J.  Langenberg, C.W.  Kidston, C.  Berhane, H.  Berezniuk, T.  2001-05-01

BUL 018

Lithology of the Athabasca Oil Sands

Abstract: Coarse grained quartzose oil sand with a conspicuous clay matrix cemented in places by quartz and goethite lie at the base of the McMurray Formation and are probably pre-McMurray in age.Most of the lithologic features observable in the Athabasca Oil Sands can be described to a succession of depositional environments that developed as a consequence of an extensive marine transgression in early Cretaceous time. The lower part of the McMurray Formation consists of fluviatile deposits and the middle and upper parts of foreset and topset beds of an ancient delta. The parts of the McMurray Formation observable in outcrop on the lower Athabasca River and its tributaries are the deltaic plain deposits; the submarine portion of this ancient delta should be found northwest of Fort McMurray beneath the Birch Mountains. The lower Clearwater Formation consists of nearshore continental shelf sediments deposited as the shoreline moved across the area formerly occupied by the delta.The heavy minerals of the McMurray Formation were derived from a single provenance underlain by metamorphic and igneous rocks. The heavy minerals are distributed among the lithofacies of the McMurray Formation according to their grain size and shape at the source. Thus, coarse-grained sands contain an assemblage dominated by garnet, kyanite, tourmaline and staurolite; medium grained sands have mostly tourmaline and zircon; in very fine grained sands and silk, chloritoid tourmaline and zircon are most abundant.The distribution of oil within the Athabasca Oil Sands is controlled by the petrographic properties of the reservoir rocks. The porosity is intergranular and was established by the sorting action of the traction currents and the winnowing action of oscillatory current at the time of deposition; it has been modified only locally by compaction and cementation.Most of the oil in the Athabasca Oil Sands is contained in the fluviatile sands and in the fine-grained micaceous sands of the foreset beds of the ancient delta of the McMurray Formation. So pockets of clean sand in argillaceous beds produced by the action of a soft-bodied bottom fauna are commonly impregnated with heavy oil. Post-Cretaceous uplift and subsequent dissection of the reservoir by streams and the collapse of large areas due to salt removal from underlying strata have failed to induce secondary migration in the reservoir except on a local scale at outcrop faces. Place Keywords 73m 74d 74e 83p 84a 84h alberta fort mcmurray Theme Keywords athabasca oil sands depositional environment lithology stratigraphy structure

Carrigy, M.A.  1966-01-01

BUL 014

Criteria for Differentiating the McMurray and Clearwater Formations in the Athabasca Oil Sands

Criteria for Differentiating the McMurray and Clearwater Formations in the Athabasca Oil Sands In the absence of fossil evidence the presence of the following minerals in a sample of Athabasca oil sand identifies it as belonging to the Clearwater ... Show Abstract

Carrigy, M.A.  1963-01-01

INF 124

Alberta Geological Survey Contributions to the CSPG Annual Convention June 18 - 22, 2001

Alberta Geological Survey Contributions to the CSPG Annual Convention June 18 - 22, 2001 Five presentations from Alberta Geological Survey that were presented at the 2001 CSPG Annual Convention. Place Keywords 72e 72l 72m 73d 73e 73l 73m 74d 74e ... Show Abstract

Beaton, A.P.  Chen, D.  Richardson, R.J.H.  Andriashek, L.D.  Pawlowicz, J.G.  Fenton, M.M.  Ranger, I.  Langenberg, C.W.  Hein, F.J.  Pana, C.  Lemay, T.G.  Stewart, S.A.  Campbell, J.D.  2001-06-22

INF 065

Guide to the Athabasca Oil Sands Area

The main drainage of the area is provided by the Athabasca-Clearwater system, the valleys of which are incised into a broad, muskeg-covered interior plain to depths of 200 to 300 feet. The tributary streams originate in three highland areas (Fig. ... Show Abstract

Carrigy, M.A.  Kramers, J.W.  1973-01-01

GEO 2002-11

Sampling of Formation Water from Wells in the Athabasca Oil Sands (In Situ) Area, Alberta, 1999-2001 - A Compilation of Protocols and Methods

Sampling of Formation Water from Wells in the Athabasca Oil Sands (In Situ) Area, Alberta, 1999-2001 - A Compilation of Protocols and Methods Between 1999 and 2001, the Alberta Geological Survey (AGS) completed a water-sampling program in ... Show Abstract

Lemay, T.G.  2002-12-01

INF 069

Groundwater Observation Well Network: Athabasca Oil Sands Area

The purpose of this study was to develop a hydrogeological model of the area for use in technical and environmental planning. Some examples of potential uses of the model are - locating water supplies for towns and processing plants, - planning ... Show Abstract

Hackbarth, D.A.  1975-08-01

INF 045

The K.A. Clark volume: a collection of papers on the Athabasca Oil Sands presented to K.A. Clark on the 75th anniversary of his birthday

The purpose of this paper is to identify the oil-sands deposits of the Province and to present the Conservation Board's estimate of the reserves that they contain.The oil-sands deposits are classified into three main groups distinguished from each ... Show Abstract

Carrigy, M.A.  1963-10-01

INF 022

Bulk Densities, Porosities, and Liquid Saturations of Good Grade Athabasca Oil Sands

A considerable volume of data on these properties is becoming available from the reports of oil companies holding exploration permit areas along the Athabasca River. The remaining material could then be used for deducting the ranges of variations ... Show Abstract

Clark, K.A.  1957-01-01