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Deformable Plate Reconstructions






PlateDEF - Multi-Client Regional Studies with Deformable Plate Model

GeoArctic are recognized as industry leaders in the field of deformable plate modelling and its application to oil and gas exploration. Using software and analytical techniques resulting from many years of in-house R & D, GeoArctic has built PlateDEF - a data-constrained deformable plate model and database for the North Atlantic and Arctic. PlateDEF provides the foundation for our geoscientists to produce regional, multiclient plate reconstruction studies. These studies integrate many years of research on the tectonic evolution and petroleum systems of the North Atlantic and Arctic. PlateDEF studies provide oil companies with the critical information they need for risk assessment of frontier areas. Studies include Northeast Greenland, Southeast Greenland/West of Shetlands, West Greenland/Labrador Sea and Baffin Bay.

NE Greenland PlateDEF Regional Study

Phase I - Released April 2013
Phase II – Available October 2013

The acquisition of the newly-acquired NE Greenland SPAN™ deep long-offset seismic data by ION-GX Technology has provided new insights into the structural and stratigraphic development of NE Greenland. Details are now emerging of a margin with a long structural history that includes multiple phases of rifting and a major strike-slip plate boundary in the north. The new seismic data has allowed us to identify new basins, more accurately define the COB location, refine estimates of depth to basement and depth to Moho, and better establish the timing and amount of extension that took place. The NE Greenland PlateDEF deformable plate reconstruction takes into account all of this new information.
This study is invaluable to companies evaluating the NE Greenland Licence Round in 2013 and for companies working on upcoming license Rounds in the North Atlantic. All data and reconstructions accompanying the study are available in ArcGIS format.

North Atlantic - Arctic Deformable Plate Research Project

This ongoing multi-year research project feeds into GeoArctic's regional studies. Deformable plate reconstructions are data and interpretation intensive and GeoArctic's deformable plate model is based on years of work in the area, reinterpretation of all relevant public domain data, new gravity and structural modeling and, with permission, new interpretions of high quality seismic data from ION-GX Technology. GeoArctic's Arctic-North Atlantic deformable plate model repository includes:

• Continent-Ocean Boundaries (COBs)
• Beta Grids for each Tectonic Event around the Study Margin (ßeta-STACK)
• Poles of Rotation • Depth to Basement and Moho
• Refraction Seismic Database
• Palaeomagnetism Database
• Magnetic Anomaly Interpretations
• Crustal Thickness
• Age of Breakup and Tectonic Events
• Seismo-stratigraphic Correlations
• Regional Uplift and Landscape Analyses
• Palaeo-DEMS
• Palaeogeography Maps
• Reconstructed Structure Maps

• Tectonic Elements

GeoArcGeoArctic's PlateDEF workflow is used to produce a consistent regional model for the North Atlantic - Arctic that may be used as a basis for GeoArctic's PlateDEF multi-client regional studies or integrated with client data to produce proprietary studies while maintaining the integrity of the client data.

Future PlateDEF Multi-Client Regional Studies

• Southeast Greenland-West Shetlands/Jan Mayen - December 2013

• West Greenland-Labrador Sea and Baffin Bay - Spring 2014

• Circum-Arctic - TBD


For prices and additional information on any of our multi-client studies or to become a member of the North Atlantic - Arctic Deformable Plate Research Project, please contact Bridget Ady or call +1 403.290.1320.


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