Virtual Mountain Scrambling Tour of Structural Geology in the Alberta Rockies Front Ranges, Banff and Kananaskis Areas

Speaker: Normand Bégin (Nanook Geo-Exploration Inc.)
CSPG Structural Geology Division Luncheon Talk, January 12, 2017


Over the last 25 years, the author has scrambled and hiked up several peaks in the mountain parks of the Eastern Canadian Rockies, west of Calgary. Through those, he has assembled a unique collection of photos on stunning structural geology features, documenting complex geometry in imbricated and folded Mesozoic clastics and Paleozoic carbonates, far away from the most commonly seen mountains by the main highways running though the parks. The talk will focus on the variability at the leading edge of thrust sheets along strike of some of the main mountain ranges running through the Bow and Kananaskis valleys: Rundle, Sulphur Mountain and Lewis ranges. Good example of mechanical stratigraphic controls on the structural style in a compressional regime will be shown. As well, surface structures studied can provide great analogs for seismic imaging efforts, drilling and geosteering operations of complex geometries in folded and fractured reservoir units in the subsurface.

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