Alaskan North Slope Petroleum System Studies

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The Alaskan North Slope Petroleum System studies referenced here, in addition to describing the North Slope Petroleum System in particular, are excellent case studies of Petroleum System Analysis in general.

The following publications are excellent examples of the technical elements of identifiying, describing, and mapping various data sets to understand the overall petroleum system in question.


Petroleum Filling History of Central Alaskan North Slope Fields

Masterson, W. D., 2001, Petroleum Filling History of Central Alaskan North Slope Fields: Ph.D. thesis, University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas (May 2001), 159 p.

The petroleum systems filling history of the central Alaskan North Slope was reconstructed in this thesis with burial history models that were calibrated with source rock and oil geochemistry in the area surrounding the Prudhoe Bay, Kuparuk, West Sak, Pt. McIntyre, Tarn, and Alpine Fields.  

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U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 03-324

U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 03-324 Alaskan North Slope Petroleum Systems (2003) By L.B. Magoon, P.G. Lillis, K.J. Bird, C. Lampe, and K.E. Peters 

Six North Slope petroleum systems are identified, described, and mapped using oil-to-oil and oil-to-source rock correlations, including: a) a southern system involving the Kuna-Lisburne source rock unit that was active during the Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous; b) two western systems involving source rock in the Kingak-Blankenship, and GRZ-lower Torok source rock units that were active during the Albian; and c) three eastern systems involving the Shublik-Otuk, Hue Shale and Canning source rock units that were active during the Cenozoic. 

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Flattop Mountain, Chugach Range, near Anchorage, Alaska, June 2007  

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