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Integrating vitrinite reflectance, rock-eval pyrolysis, flourescence microscopy and palynology of the Athabasca oil sands, Kearl Lake area, northeastern Alberta

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dc.contributor.author Sihra, Kamalpreet
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-17T17:44:40Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-17T17:44:40Z
dc.date.issued 2011-05-17
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10464/3373
dc.description.abstract Three cores from the Kearl Lake Oil Sands area within the Athabasca deposit of northeastern Alberta have been analyzed to understand the thermal history of the McMurray and Clearwater formations of the Lower Cretaceous Mannville Group. The approach involves the integration of vitrinite reflectance (VR), Rock-Eval pyrolysis, fluorescence microscopy, and palynology. Mean VR varies between 0.21 and 0.43% Ro and indicates thermally immature levels equivalent to the rank of lignite to sub-bituminous coal. Although differing lithologies have influenced VR to some extent (i.e., coals and bitumen-rich zones), groundwater influence and oxidation seem not to have measurably altered YR. Rock-Eval analysis points to Type III/IV kerogen, and samples rich in amorphous organic matter (ADM) show little to no fluorescence characteristics, implying a terrestrial source of origin. Palynology reveals the presence of some delicate macerals but lack of fluorescence and abundant ADM suggests some degradation and partial oxidation of the samples. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Brock University en_US
dc.subject Pyrolysis en_US
dc.subject Fluorescence spectroscopy en_US
dc.subject Palynology en_US
dc.subject Metamorphism (Geology) en_US
dc.subject Oil sands industry -- Alberta -- Kearl Lake en_US
dc.subject Rocks en_US
dc.title Integrating vitrinite reflectance, rock-eval pyrolysis, flourescence microscopy and palynology of the Athabasca oil sands, Kearl Lake area, northeastern Alberta en_US
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.name M.Sc. Earth Sciences en_US
dc.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.contributor.department Department of Earth Sciences en_US
dc.degree.discipline Faculty of Mathematics and Science en_US


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