Geochemical Characteristics of Devonian Cairn Formation in Alberta, Canada Academic Article uri icon


  • Devonian Cairn Formation is one of the important hydrocarbon reservoirs in Alberta, Canada. However, the Cairn Formation, outcropped in the study area, is not prospective reservoir with poor porosity and permeability by some late diagenetic processes. In this study, geochemical characteristics of the Cairn Formation were studied to use these preliminary results for advanced geological and geophysical petroleum explorations in the near future. Rock-Eval pyrolysis showed that total organic carbon content is less than 0.3 wt.%, indicating a minor amount of bitumen and/or other hydrocarbons. The carbonates in the Cairn Formation are mainly composed of subhedral and anhedral dolomites. Pore sizes in the carbonate are various, ranging from nanometer to micrometer. Clastic sediments increase in the upper and lower parts of the Cairn Formation, probably due to changing its depositional conditions. The Cairn Formation can also be divided into several intervals based on Ca/Mg ratio in dolomite and degree of amount of calcite. These could be formed by different sedimentary environment, degree of cementation and recrystallization, different saline/fresh water, etc.

published proceedings

  • Economic and Environmental Geology

author list (cited authors)

  • Park, M. H., Kim, J., Lee, S. D., Choi, J. Y., & Kil, Y. W.

complete list of authors

  • Park, MH||Kim, J||Lee, SD||Choi, JY||Kil, YW

publication date

  • January 1, 2010 11:11 AM