Project: Characterization of the sedimentology, ichnology, and internal architecture of tidally influenced point bar and mid-channel bar deposits on the Fraser River, British Columbia.
Channel bars and point bars commonly form significant hydrocarbon reservoirs in the subsurface. These deposits are distinctive in that they largely comprise inclined beds of sand and mud (i.e. inclined heterolithic stratification [IHS]) deposited in tidally influenced fluvial channels. A detailed understanding of their depositional complexity and relationship to surrounding strata is a critical factor in their discovery and development. The goal of this research is to investigate modern day deposition on the Fraser River to develop process-response models for IHS developed in tidally influenced rivers. This will provide a valuable analog to ancient deposits of IHS in tidally influenced successions in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin (e.g. McMurray Fm), as well as occurrences in other Canadian basins, such as the Nechako Basin.