Regional Geophysical Study of the Athabasca Region, Northeastern Alberta: Implications for Geothermal Development

Elahe Poureslami Ardakani
2016
The Athabasca region located in Northeast Alberta, Canada, hosts many ongoing projects of bitumen extraction from Cretaceous oil sand and Devonian carbonate reservoirs. Despite the importance of the Athabasca region as one of the largest bitumen reserves in the world, the geology and geophysics of the area remains to a large degree poorly understood. In addition, the exploitation and production of these bitumen resources is environmentally and economically expensive and challenging. The main
more » ... enging. The main objective of this study is to reduce the knowledge gap of the sedimentary basin and crystalline basement by assembling multidisciplinary geophysical data to assist in investigation of the area, and provide solution for the environmental impact caused by bitumen production by assessing the potential of geothermal energy within the sedimentary formations.
doi:10.7939/r3h98zn17 fatcat:wbw42n4eh5hkvdw4zsdiixhp6m