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regional, fluid flow, southwestern, hydrogeology, Saskatchewan

Melnik, Anatoly

Supervisor and department: Rostron, Benjamin Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Examining committee member and department: Toth, Jozsef Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Mendoza, Carl Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Rostron, Benjamin Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Chalaturnyk, Rick Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Department: Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Specialization: Geology

Date accepted: 2012-03-30T11:23:35Z

Graduation date: 2012-06

Degree: Master of Science

Degree level: Master's

Abstract: Twelve deep aquifers and 12 aquitards were defined in southwesternSaskatchewan. Four major water types were identified: Type 1 Ca-SO4freshwaters, found in Paleozoic aquifers; Type 2 Na-Cl brines, found in all aquifers; Type 3 Na-SO4 waters, mixture of Type 1 and Type 2 waters; and Type 4 Na-HCO3 meteoric waters, found mainly in Mesozoic aquifers. Total Dissolved Solids range from >300 g-L in Paleozoic aquifers to <25 g-L in Cretaceous and shallow aquifers. Fluid flow in the Paleozoic aquifers is directed towards the north. Water in the Lower Cretaceous aquifers flows from the Alberta Basin towards the east and northeast. Fluid flow in the Upper Cretaceous aquifer is controlled by local topography. Significant density effects exist in the LowerPaleozoic aquifers only. Hydrodynamic effects on hydrocarbon accumulationshave been observed in the Jurassic and Lower Cretaceous aquifers.

Language: English

DOI: doi:10.7939-R3QK6H

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Author: Melnik, Anatoly



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