This phase of research has tested models for Triassic sand dispersal across the Barents Shelf. Specifically, the CASP ‘two-system’ model for the progradation of Uralian sourced deltaic complexes, forwarded in the 2013-2015 phase of the project, was tested by a field and analytical study from southern Spitsbergen. Samples of Triassic strata penetrated by two understudied deep wells drilled on the island of Hopen were also studied to establish the sedimentology and stratigraphic age, as well as to determine whether or not the two systems interacted in this region. The source rock potential for the Barents Sea North was also assessed by the Hopen well materials. Data collection on well materials from the southwest Barents Shelf has continued in the form of an extensive QEMSCAN dataset and statistical investigation of the CASP provenance data, acquired from this and previous phases of the project. The new data and their interpretations have been incorporated into a series of Triassic palaeogeographies for the western Barents Shelf.
Completed: May 2018
Contact: Michael Flowerdew