Problems of tectonics and petroleum potential of Russian sector of the Chukchi Sea

Authors: V.E. Verzhbitsky, S.V. Malysheva (Gazpromneft NTC LLC, RF, Saint-Petersburg), S.D. Sokolov, M.I. Tuchkova (Geological Institute of RAS, RF, Moscow), S.F. Khafizov (Gazprom Neft JSC, RF, Saint-Petersburg)

Key words: the Chukchi Sea, North Chukchi Basin, Arctic Alaska, geological structure, tectonic evolution, stratigraphy, correlation, petroleum systems.

The Russian Chukchi Sea is one of the most remote regions of Eastern Arctic with very high hydrocarbon potential. It is widely believed that the North Chukchi Basin of the Russian Chukchi Sea has similar geological structure and evolution with the famous US North Slope of Alaska petroleum province. Here we discuss the principal tectonic events, present-day structure and stratigraphy, and proposed hydrocarbon systems of North Chukchi Basin.

References

1. Orudzheva D.S., Obukhov A.N., Agapitov D.D., Geologiya nefti i gaza – The journal Oil and Gas Geology, 1999, no. 3-4, pp. 28 – 33.

2. Burlin Yu.K., Shipel'kevich Yu.V., Vestnik MGU. Seriya 4: Geologiya – Moscow University Geology Bulletin, 2005, no. 5, pp. 29-41.

3. Khain V.E., Filatova N.I., Polyakova I.D., Tektonika, geodinamika i perspektivy neftegazonosnosti Vostochno-Arkticheskikh morey i ikh kontinental'nogo obramleniya (Tectonics, geodynamics and petroleum potential of the Eastern Arctic seas and the continental border), Proceedings of the Geological Institute of the RAS, Moscow: Nauka Publ., 2009, V. 601, 227 p.

4. Malyshev N.A., Obmetko V.V., Borodulin A.A., Nauchno-tekhnicheskiy vestnik OAO “NK “Rosneft'”, 2010, no. 1, pp. 20-28.

5. Verzhbitsky V., Frantzen E., Savostina T. et al., The Russian Chukchi sea shelf, GEO ExPro, 2008, V. 5, no. 3, pp. 36-41, URL: http://www.geo365.no/TGS-Chukchi/.

6. Katkov S.M., Striklend A., Miller E.L., Toro Dzh., Doklady Akademii nauk – Doklady Earth Sciences, 2007, V. 414, no.1, pp. 515-518.

7. Sokolov S.D., Bondarenko G.Ye., Layer P.W., I.R. Kravchenko-Berezhnoy, Geology, geophysics and tectonics of Northeastern Russia: a tribute to Leonid Parfenov, European Geosciences Union, Stephan Mueller Publication Series, 2009, V. 4, pp. 201-221.

8. Kos'ko M.K., Avdyunichev V.V., Ganelin V.G. et al., Ostrov Vrangelya: geologicheskoe stroenie, minerageniya, geoekologiya (Wrangel Island: geology, minerageny, geoecology), St. Petersburg: Publ. of VNIIOkeangeologiya, 2003, 137 p.

9. Drachev S.S., Malyshev N.A., Nikishin A.M., Tectonic history and petroleum geology of the Russian Arctic Shelves: an overview. From Mature Basins to New Frontiers, Proceedings of the 7th Petroleum Geology Conference: Geological Society London, 2010, V. 7, pp. 591-619.

10. Miller E.L., Toro J., Gehrels G., Amato J.M., Prokopiev A, Tuchkova M.I., Akinin V.V., Dumitru T.A., Moore T.E., Cecile M.P., New Insights into Arctic paleogeography and tectonics from U-Pb detrital zircon geochronology, Tectonics 25, 2006, TC3013/

11. Bird K.J., Houseknecht D.W., Geology and petroleum potential of the Arctic Alaska petroleum province, Arctic Petroleum Geology. Geological Society, London: Memoirs, no. 35, pp. 485–499.

12. Sherwood K.W., Johnson P.P., Craig et al., Structure and stratigraphy of the Hanna Trough, U.S. Chukchi Shelf, Tectonic evolution of the Bering Shelf-Chukchi Sea-Arctic Margin and Adjacent Landmasses: Boulder, Colorado, Geological Society of America Special Paper 360, 2002, pp. 39-66.

13. Miller E.L., Gehrels G.E., Pease V., Sokolov S., Stratigraphy and U-Pb detrital zircon geochronology of Wrangel Island, Russia: Implications for Arctic paleogeography, AAPG Bulletin, 2010, V. 94, no. 5, pp. 665–692.

14. Tikhomirov P.L., Kalinina E.A., Kobayashi K. et al., Collected works “Obshchie i regional'nye problemy tektoniki i geodinamiki” (General and regional problems of tectonics and geodynamics), XLI Tektonicheskoe soveshchanie, V. 2, Moscow: GEOS Publ., 2008, 538 p.

15. Grinenko O.V., Zharikova L.P., Fradkina A.F. et al., Paleogen i neogen Severo-Vostoka SSSR (Paleogene and Neogene of the North-East of the USSR), Yakutsk: YaNTs SO AN SSSR, 1989, 184 p.

Key words: the Chukchi Sea, North Chukchi Basin, Arctic Alaska, geological structure, tectonic evolution, stratigraphy, correlation, petroleum systems.

The Russian Chukchi Sea is one of the most remote regions of Eastern Arctic with very high hydrocarbon potential. It is widely believed that the North Chukchi Basin of the Russian Chukchi Sea has similar geological structure and evolution with the famous US North Slope of Alaska petroleum province. Here we discuss the principal tectonic events, present-day structure and stratigraphy, and proposed hydrocarbon systems of North Chukchi Basin.

References

1. Orudzheva D.S., Obukhov A.N., Agapitov D.D., Geologiya nefti i gaza – The journal Oil and Gas Geology, 1999, no. 3-4, pp. 28 – 33.

2. Burlin Yu.K., Shipel'kevich Yu.V., Vestnik MGU. Seriya 4: Geologiya – Moscow University Geology Bulletin, 2005, no. 5, pp. 29-41.

3. Khain V.E., Filatova N.I., Polyakova I.D., Tektonika, geodinamika i perspektivy neftegazonosnosti Vostochno-Arkticheskikh morey i ikh kontinental'nogo obramleniya (Tectonics, geodynamics and petroleum potential of the Eastern Arctic seas and the continental border), Proceedings of the Geological Institute of the RAS, Moscow: Nauka Publ., 2009, V. 601, 227 p.

4. Malyshev N.A., Obmetko V.V., Borodulin A.A., Nauchno-tekhnicheskiy vestnik OAO “NK “Rosneft'”, 2010, no. 1, pp. 20-28.

5. Verzhbitsky V., Frantzen E., Savostina T. et al., The Russian Chukchi sea shelf, GEO ExPro, 2008, V. 5, no. 3, pp. 36-41, URL: http://www.geo365.no/TGS-Chukchi/.

6. Katkov S.M., Striklend A., Miller E.L., Toro Dzh., Doklady Akademii nauk – Doklady Earth Sciences, 2007, V. 414, no.1, pp. 515-518.

7. Sokolov S.D., Bondarenko G.Ye., Layer P.W., I.R. Kravchenko-Berezhnoy, Geology, geophysics and tectonics of Northeastern Russia: a tribute to Leonid Parfenov, European Geosciences Union, Stephan Mueller Publication Series, 2009, V. 4, pp. 201-221.

8. Kos'ko M.K., Avdyunichev V.V., Ganelin V.G. et al., Ostrov Vrangelya: geologicheskoe stroenie, minerageniya, geoekologiya (Wrangel Island: geology, minerageny, geoecology), St. Petersburg: Publ. of VNIIOkeangeologiya, 2003, 137 p.

9. Drachev S.S., Malyshev N.A., Nikishin A.M., Tectonic history and petroleum geology of the Russian Arctic Shelves: an overview. From Mature Basins to New Frontiers, Proceedings of the 7th Petroleum Geology Conference: Geological Society London, 2010, V. 7, pp. 591-619.

10. Miller E.L., Toro J., Gehrels G., Amato J.M., Prokopiev A, Tuchkova M.I., Akinin V.V., Dumitru T.A., Moore T.E., Cecile M.P., New Insights into Arctic paleogeography and tectonics from U-Pb detrital zircon geochronology, Tectonics 25, 2006, TC3013/

11. Bird K.J., Houseknecht D.W., Geology and petroleum potential of the Arctic Alaska petroleum province, Arctic Petroleum Geology. Geological Society, London: Memoirs, no. 35, pp. 485–499.

12. Sherwood K.W., Johnson P.P., Craig et al., Structure and stratigraphy of the Hanna Trough, U.S. Chukchi Shelf, Tectonic evolution of the Bering Shelf-Chukchi Sea-Arctic Margin and Adjacent Landmasses: Boulder, Colorado, Geological Society of America Special Paper 360, 2002, pp. 39-66.

13. Miller E.L., Gehrels G.E., Pease V., Sokolov S., Stratigraphy and U-Pb detrital zircon geochronology of Wrangel Island, Russia: Implications for Arctic paleogeography, AAPG Bulletin, 2010, V. 94, no. 5, pp. 665–692.

14. Tikhomirov P.L., Kalinina E.A., Kobayashi K. et al., Collected works “Obshchie i regional'nye problemy tektoniki i geodinamiki” (General and regional problems of tectonics and geodynamics), XLI Tektonicheskoe soveshchanie, V. 2, Moscow: GEOS Publ., 2008, 538 p.

15. Grinenko O.V., Zharikova L.P., Fradkina A.F. et al., Paleogen i neogen Severo-Vostoka SSSR (Paleogene and Neogene of the North-East of the USSR), Yakutsk: YaNTs SO AN SSSR, 1989, 184 p.


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