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Since the search for hydrocarbon resources in the Arctic
started in the 1930's the exploration activity has expanded
into many of the Arctic regions, and several of the Arctic
sedimentary basins have proven to be important sources of
hydrocarbon. Nevertheless, the Arctic continental margins and
adjacent onshore areas are still largely unexplored in the
context of petroleum, and are therefore considered to be one
of the few regions in the world where significant undiscovered
sources of hydrocarbon may exist. The aim of the book is to
give an updated overview of the geology of the Arctic
sedimentary basins and their petroleum potential. Although the
different basins vary significantly as regards sedimentary fill and tectonic evolution, many of the basins share some of
the characteristics needed to become prolific oil and gas
provinces.

The book contains 45 extensively illustrated
articles. It starts with papers on the Mesozoic source rocks,
and oceanic natural gas clatrates in the Arctic, respectively.
Then follow articles on the regional and petroleum geology of
the main regions; Greenland, North American Arctic, Soviet
Arctic and the Barents Sea. Particular emphasis is placed on
the Barents Sea. The two last chapters comprise articles on
salt dynamics and methods. The book closes with a paper on
international law in the Arctic. This volume will be of
interest to both students and professional earth
scientists/petroleum explorationists working in the northern
latitudes. It will allow the readers to stay abreast of the
development in this climatic region of the world.

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