Fluid inclusion evidence for a Cretaceous-Palaeogene petroleum system, Kangerlussuaq Basin, East Greenland

Jonk, R. and Parnell, J. and Whitham, A. G. (2005) Fluid inclusion evidence for a Cretaceous-Palaeogene petroleum system, Kangerlussuaq Basin, East Greenland. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 22 (3). pp. 319-330. DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2005.01.002

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Petrographic and fluid inclusion studies of sandstone samples from the Cretaceous–Palaeogene Kangerlussuaq basin reveal the presence of oil inclusions as secondary trails across grains. Fluid inclusion petrographic and microthermometric investigations suggest that oil was trapped at temperatures in excess of about 108 °C. Although due to deep burial (in excess of 6 km) and subsequent exhumation the Kangerlussuaq basin itself cannot be considered as prospective for petroleum, it provides a useful analogue for nearby basins on the North Atlantic margin. Given the fact that no sediments older than Aptian–Albian are present in the basin, a conventional upper Jurassic source rock can be ruled out. Oil may have been generated from an Aptian–Albian estuarine mudstone, whose potential as a regional source rock needs to be assessed. Oil inclusions also occur in injected sandstones that cross-cut the whole sedimentary section and these sandstones may have acted as conduits for petroleum migration. Their presence in offshore North Atlantic basins underneath the Tertiary basalts also needs to be considered in play concepts

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2005 AREP 2005 P IA49 CASP
Subjects: 02 - Geodynamics, Geophysics and Tectonics
Divisions: 02 - Geodynamics, Geophysics and Tectonics
Journal or Publication Title: Marine and Petroleum Geology
Volume: 22
Page Range: pp. 319-330
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2005.01.002
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2011 15:22
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 09:59
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/1707

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