Source Rock and Geochemistry of the Central Atlantic Margins

This project evaluates known, probable and possible source rocks in the Nova Scotia shelf and deep water offshore areas with an emphasis On the Triassic– Jurassic time interval. It is supported by an evaluation and re-analysis of the existing and available organic geochemistry dataset, but also includes the observation and novel geochemical study of selected cores and cuttings, and integration with known time-equivalent source rock outcrops in Canada and conjugate margins, namely Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Ireland. The research uses publically available data from reference works and the BASIN database [well data, biostratigraphy, lithostratigraphy, Total Organic Carbon (TOC) and Rock-Eval Pyrolysis] and the information donated to the Basin and Reservoir Lab. Selected wells are also sampled to acquire sedimentological, biostratigraphical and geochemical information.


Principal Investigators: Dr. Grant Wach and Dr. Ricardo Silva, Dalhousie University

September 2014 – August 2017