Sequence stratigraphy, titania diagenesis and relationship to petroleum systems modeling

Georgia Final Report

This project examines different forms of titania (TiO2) minerals to confirm the relationship between late diagenetic titania (i.e., titania minerals transformed under the heat and pressure of sedimentary processes) and hydrocarbon migration and thus assess the use of titania polymorphs as “pathfinders” for hydrocarbon production. 

Secondly, the work integrates these results with existing fluid inclusion and sequence stratigraphy data, which in turn has the potential to better constrain the complex thermal history of the Scotian Basin. The results help to de‐risk petroleum exploration in the basin by improving input parameters for thermal modelling.


Principal Investigators: Georgia Pe-Piper and Alexis Imperial, Saint Mary's University 

October 2018 – January 2021