Geology and Assessment of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources of the Arctic Alaska Province, 2008

Professional Paper 1824- E
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Edited by: Thomas E. Moore and Donald L. Gautier

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Abstract

The Arctic Alaska Province encompasses all lands and adjacent continental shelf areas north of the Brooks Range-Herald Arch tectonic belts and south of the northern (outboard) margin of the Alaska rift shoulder. Even though only a small part is thoroughly explored, it is one of the most prolific petroleum provinces in North America, with total known resources (cumulative production plus proved reserves) of about 28 billion barrels of oil equivalent.

For assessment purposes, the province is divided into a platform assessment unit, comprising the Alaska rift shoulder and its relatively undeformed flanks, and a fold-and-thrust belt assessment unit, comprising the deformed area north of the Brooks Range and Herald Arch tectonic belts. Mean estimates of undiscovered, technically recoverable resources include nearly 28 billion barrels of oil and 122 trillion cubic feet of nonassociated gas in the platform assessment unit and 2 billion barrels of oil and 59 trillion cubic feet of nonassociated gas in the fold-and-thrust belt assessment unit.

Suggested Citation

Houseknecht, D.W., Bird, K.J., and Garrity, C.P., 2019, Geology and assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Arctic Alaska Province, 2008, chap. E of Moore, T.E., and Gautier, D.L., eds., The 2008 Circum-Arctic Resource Appraisal: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1824, 25 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/pp1824E. [Supersedes USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2012–5147.]

ISSN: 2330-7102 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Geologic Setting and Stratigraphy
  • Source-Rock Systems
  • Arctic Alaska Platform Assessment Unit
  • Arctic Alaska Fold-and-Thrust Belt Assessment Unit.
  • Summary and Conclusions
  • Acknowledgments
  • References Cited

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Geology and assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Arctic Alaska Province, 2008
Series title Professional Paper
Series number 1824
Chapter E
DOI 10.3133/pp1824E
Year Published 2019
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Eastern Energy Resources Science Center
Description Report: viii, 25 p.; 2 Appendixes
Country Canada, United States
State Alaska, Yukon
Other Geospatial Arctic Alaska Province
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y