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Title: Antarctica - operating conditions and petroleum prospects

With an area of 5.48 million mi/sup 2/, Antarctica is only slightly smaller than South America and rests upon the world's deepest continental shelf. The Transantarctic Mountains separate East Antarctica - a high ice-covered plateau - from West Antarctica, an archipelago of mountainous islands covered and bonded by ice. The average thickness of the 1.16 million mi/sup 3/ ice sheet that covers 95% of the continent is about 6600 ft. The geologic structure consists of six tectonic units. Economic feasibility is the critical factor affecting the development and transport of Antarctica's ice-covered hydrocarbon reserves. Comparisons with other southern Gondwanaland continents suggest that any hydrocarbons found are likely to be moderate in size, not the supergiant fields needed to justify commercial exploitation.
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OSTI Identifier:
5943882
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Oil Gas J.; (United States); Journal Volume: 78
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
03 NATURAL GAS; 02 PETROLEUM; ANTARCTICA; NATURAL GAS DEPOSITS; PETROLEUM DEPOSITS; EXPLORATION; GEOLOGY; TECTONICS; ANTARCTIC REGIONS; GEOLOGIC DEPOSITS; MINERAL RESOURCES; POLAR REGIONS; RESOURCES 030200* -- Natural Gas-- Reserves, Geology, & Exploration; 020200 -- Petroleum-- Reserves, Geology, & Exploration