Geology and Assessment of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources of the Eurasia Basin Province, 2008

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



The Eurasia Basin Petroleum Province comprises the younger, eastern half of the Arctic Ocean, including the Eurasia Basin and the outboard part of the continental margin of northern Europe in the Barents and Kara Seas. The province includes the slope and rise sedimentary prism of the Lena Delta, the north-facing outer shelf, slope, and rise of the European passive margin, and sedimentary accumulations in the deep Nansen and Amundsen Basins. The entire province lies north of the Arctic Circle beneath the polar ice cap and includes the North Pole.

The province is divided into four assessment units (AUs). The Lena Prodelta AU in the eastern part of the province consists of the deep-marine part of the Lena Delta, which has been deposited across the Gakkel Ridge, an ultraslow spreading ridge. The Nansen Basin Margin AU in the southern part of the province comprises the Cenozoic passive margin sequence of the rift margin of the western (European) part of the Eurasian plate. This AU spans the continent-ocean boundary and includes prerift strata along the outer continental margin. The Nansen Basin and Amundsen Basin AUs encompass the deep abyssal plains of the Eurasia Basin. Lying south of the Gakkel Ridge spreading center, the sedimentary fill of Nansen Basin AU consists of the distal clinoform deposits shed from the western Eurasia passive margin. North of the Gakkel Ridge, Amundsen Basin AU consists of a nascent distal passive-margin sequence derived from the adjacent Lomonosov Ridge and overlying flat-lying deep marine strata shed from distant source areas in Siberia and Greenland after the Lomonosov Ridge subsided below sea level at about 50 Ma. The primary petroleum system thought to be present is sourced in ~50–44 Ma (early to middle Eocene) condensed pelagic deposits that could be widespread in the province.

Mean estimates of undiscovered, technically recoverable petroleum resources include <1 billion barrels of oil (BBO) and about 1.4 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of nonassociated gas in Lena Prodelta AU, and < 0.4 BBO and 3.4 TCF nonassociated gas in the Nansen Basin Margin AU. Quantities of natural gas liquids and associated natural gas also are assessed in each of these AUs. The Nansen Basin and Amundsen Basin AUs were not quantitatively assessed because they were judged to have less than 10 percent probability of containing at least one accumulation of 50 MMBOE (million barrels of oil equivalent), the minimum probability required for evaluation in the U.S. Geological Survey Circum-Arctic Resource Appraisal.

Suggested Citation

Moore, T.E., and Pitman, J.K., 2019, Geology and assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Eurasia Basin Province, 2008, chap. DD of Moore, T.E., and Gautier, D.L., eds., The 2008 Circum-Arctic Resource Appraisal: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1824, 35 p.,

ISSN: 2330-7102 (online)

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Eurasia Basin Province Description
  • Assessment Units
  • Summary of Assessment Results
  • Acknowledgments
  • References Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Geology and assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Eurasia Basin Province, 2008
Series title Professional Paper
Series number 1824
Chapter DD
DOI 10.3133/pp1824DD
Year Published 2019
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Energy Resources Program
Description Report: vii, 32 p.; Appendixes 1-4
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
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