Geology and Assessment of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources of the East Siberian Sea Basin Province, 2008

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



The East Siberian Sea Basin, which lies beneath the continental shelf east of the New Siberian Islands, is one of the better-known basins in a series of postorogenic (successor) basins in the East Siberian-Chukchi Sea region because of a reconnaissance network of seismic-reflection profiles and outcrops on nearby islands. In spite of the seismic coverage, the basin’s petroleum potential is poorly known. It is considered a separate petroleum province for the purposes of the Circum-Arctic Resource Appraisal. The probability that the East Siberian Sea Basin contains at least one undiscovered accumulation >50 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBOE) is considered to be ~22 percent. A single assessment unit was defined and studied, resulting in mean estimates of technically recoverable conventional undiscovered resources of ~20 million barrels of oil (MMBO) and 580 billion cubic feet of gas (BCFG), nonassociated.

Suggested Citation

Bird, K.J., Houseknecht, D.W., and Pitman, J.K., 2018, Geology and assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the East Siberian Sea Basin Province, 2008, chap. Y of Moore, T.E., and Gautier, D.L., eds., The 2008 Circum-Arctic Resource Appraisal: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1824, 11 p.,

ISSN: 2330-7102 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Geologic Setting and Stratigraphy
  • Petroleum Systems
  • East Siberian Sea Basin Assessment Unit
  • Summary of Province 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 East Siberian Sea Basin Province, 2008
Series title Professional Paper
Series number 1824
Chapter Y
DOI 10.3133/pp1824Y
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Energy Resources Program
Description Document: vi, 10 p.; Larger Work; Appendix
Other Geospatial East Siberian Sea Basin Province
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