Marie Bay

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Marie Bay is a fjord on the Northwest tip of Melville Island.[1][2][3] Marie Bay lies on the part of Melville Island that is in the Northwest Territories. The Eastern part of the Island is in Nunavut.

Tar sands deposits were found in the Marie Bay region.[1] The Melville Island tar sands deposit are estimated to hold the equivalent of 100 to 250 million barrels of oil.[4][5][6]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Canadian Arctic Islands". Retrieved 2010-06-21. "Oil shows in Mesozic sandstones at many localities within the western basin, e.g., Marie Bay oil sands on Melville Island (Bjorne Formation)" 
  2. "Melville Island". University of Guelph. Retrieved 2010-06-30. "Melville Island's coastline is gouged with many large inlets and bays, and ranges in elevation from low beaches to 300-metre cliffs. Its interior topography consists of three main sections. The first is a plateau formed by Dundas Peninsula and the two promontories between Barry Bay and Purchase Bay; the second region is a low plain in the northeast, which extends from Marie Bay east to Long Point, and from Sabine Peninsula north of the land between Eldridge Bay and Sherard Bay; and the third section is a folded upland lying between the first two regions." 
  3. H. P. Trettin, L. V. Hills (1967-04-02). "Triassic Tar Sands of Melville Island, Canadian Arctic Archipelago". Onepetro. Retrieved 2010-06-30. 
  4. Robert Meneley (2008). "The Significance of Oil in the Sverdrup Basin". Retrieved 2010-06-30. "The 100 million barrel tar sand deposit at Marie Bay (Trettin and Hills, 1966) on western Melville Island is held in a possible stratigraphic trap in the Bjorne Formation where conventional oil has been highly degraded by exposure at surface." 
  5. Tom Brent (2009-11-23). "Reflection Seismic Data from Legacy Hydrocarbon Exploration of Cenozoic and Older Basins of the Canadian High Arctic". Geologic Survey of Canada. Retrieved 2010-06-30. "Petroleum exploration of Canada's High Arctic began with a well drilled on each of Melville, Cornwallis and Bathurst islands between1961 and 1963. Seismic exploration however, lagged behind and Panarctic Oils Ltd. did not shoot the first line, north from Marie Bay on Melville Island until 1968." 
  6. F. G. Rayer (2007-12-17). "Exploration prospects and future petroleum potential of the Canadian Arctic Islands". 3. Journal of Petroleum Geology. pp. 367–412. Retrieved 2010-03-16. "The Marie Bay Bjorne tar sands on NW Melville contain 100-250 million brl (in place) ..."