Paleomagnetic Projects in Western Canada & Northwest USA

Paleomagnetic projects in Western Canada and Northwest USA include many examples where Applied Paleomagnetics provided paleomagnetic services to petroleum and geotechnical companies since 1986. Our paleomagnetic projects in Western Canada, mostly in British Columbia and Alberta, include extensive use of our paleomagnetic core orientation service to determine natural fracture, bedding, and in situ stress orientations in oil and gas fields of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin. In British Columbia, Western Canada, our paleomagnetic projects focused on paleomagnetic orientation of cores from the following formations: Slave Point, Jean Marie, Wabamun, DeBolt, Doig, Halfway, Baldonnel, Pardonet. In Alberta, Western Canada, our paleomagnetic projects focused on paleomagnetic orientation of cores from the following formations: Keg River, Sulphur Point, Beaverhill Lake, Swan Hills, Leduc, Majeau Lake, Duvernay, Ireton, Nisku, Rundle, Pekisko, Livingstone, Turner Valley, Mount Head, Montney, Doig, Nordegg, Detrital, Basal Quartz, Gething, Cardium, Coalspur, Scollard. Our paleomagnetic projects involving Ardley coal from the Coalspur and Scollard formations in Alberta involved paleomagnetic core orientation of coal cleats, natural fractures, and in situ stress to determine optimum drilling directions in coalbed methane CBM reservoirs. Our paleomagnetic projects in the Williston Basin, Montana, Saskatchewan, and North Dakota, were focused on paleomagnetic orientation of cores from the following formations: Three Forks, Bakken, Ratcliffe, Mission Canyon, Charles. In Alberta and British Columbia, Western Canada, our paleomagnetic projects included paleomagnetic studies along the Lewis and McConnell thrust faults to determine timing of hydrocarbon migration relative to development of structural traps in the foreland of the Laramide orogeny. Our paleomagnetic projects in Northwest USA were focused at the Hanford Site, Washington, where we performed magnetostratigraphic studies to explore the feasibility of storing nuclear waste in Columbia River Basalt. Our paleomagnetic projects in Western Canada and Northwest USA also involved measuring magnetic susceptibility and other magnetic properties to investigate magnetic changes caused by hydrocarbon migration during the Laramide orogeny. In Montana and Idaho, Northwest USA, our paleomagnetic projects involved measuring magnetic susceptibility for the gold mining industry for modeling aeromagnetic anomalies.

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