Beaverhill Lake Group
|Beaverhill Lake Group
Stratigraphic range: Middle to Late Devonian ~390–365Ma
Fort Vermilion Formation
Swan Hills Formation
|Underlies||Cooking Lake Formation, Woodbend Formation, Muskwa Formation|
|Overlies||Elk Point Group, Slave Point Formation|
|Thickness||up to 220 metres (720 ft)|
|Named for||Beaverhill Lake|
|Named by||Imperial Oil, 1950|
It takes the name from Beaverhill Lake, and was first described in the well Anglo-Canadian Beaverhill Lake No. 2 (drilled south-east of the lake, near Ryley) by geological staff from Imperial Oil in 1950.
Oil is produced from the Swan Hills Formation in the Swan Hills area of northern Alberta since 1957, which is a similar Devonian reef structure as the Leduc Formation and the Rainbow Member in Alberta.
|Mildred Member||Late Devonian||argillaceous limestone and shale||42.7 m (140 ft)|||
|Moberly Member||Middle Devonian to Late Devonian||grey, fine grained, thin bedded limestone, coral limestone||95.7 m (310 ft)|||
|Christina Member||Middle Devonian to Late Devonian||argillaceous limestone and shale with brachiopods||27.4 m (90 ft)|||
|Calmut Member||Middle Devonian to Late Devonian||fine-grained argillaceous limestone with olive green shales and brachiopods||31.1 m (100 ft)|||
|Firebag Member||Middle Devonian to Late Devonian||green calcareous shale with green argillaceous limestone containing brachiopods||61 m (200 ft)|||
- Swan Hills area
|Fort Vermilion Formation||Middle Devonian||brown to white anhydrite with dolomite or limestone||37 m (120 ft)|||
|Swan Hills Formation||Middle Devonian to Late Devonian||stromatoporoid reef (micritic and pelletoidal limestone facies or coarse, porous, bioclastic limestone facies)||152 m (500 ft)|||
|Waterways Formation||Givetian to Frasnian||nodular limestone and shale with brachiopods, corals and ostracods||230 m (750 ft)|||
Relationship to other units
The Beaverhill Lake Group is conformably overlain by the Cooking Lake Formation in eastern Alberta, and unconformably overlain by the Woodbend Formation west of the Leduc reef trend. In north-western Alberta and north-eastern British Columbia, it is disconformably overlain by the Muskwa Formation. It is conformably underlain by the Elk Point Group in central Alberta, and by the Slave Point Formation in north-western Alberta and north-eastern British Columbia.
It is equivalent to the Slave Point Formation and Waterways Formation in north-eastern Alberta, with the Slave Point Formation and the lower Hay River Formation in the District of Mackenzie, as well as the Horn River Formation and Fort Simpson Formation north-west of the Slave Point-Keg River facies in north-eastern British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. It is equivalent to the Souris River Formation in southeastern Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and to the Flume Formation of the Fairholme Group in the Canadian Rockies.
- Lexicon of Canadian Geologic Units. "Beaverhill Lake Group". Retrieved 2009-03-01.
- Geological Staff, Imperial Oil Limited, Western Division, 1950. Devonian Nomenclature in Edmonton Area, Alberta, Canada. Bulletin of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Vol. 34, No. 9, pp. 1807-1825.
- Barss, D.L., Copland, A.B., and Ritchie, W.D., 1970, Middle Devonian Reefs, Rainbow Area, Alberta, in Geology of Giant Petroleum Fields, AAPG Memoir 14, Halbouty, M.T., editor, Tulsa: American Association of Petroleum Geologists, pp. 18-49
- Hemphill, C.R., SMith, R.I., and Szabo, F., 1970, Geology of Beaverhill Lake Reefs, Swan Hills Area, Alberta, in Geology of Giant Petroleum Fields, AAPG Memoir 14, Halbouty, M.T., editor, Tulsa: American Association of Petroleum Geologists, pp. 50-90
- Lexicon of Canadian Geologic Units. "Mildred". Retrieved 2009-12-24.
- Lexicon of Canadian Geologic Units. "Moberly". Retrieved 2009-12-24.
- Lexicon of Canadian Geologic Units. "Christina". Retrieved 2009-12-24.
- Lexicon of Canadian Geologic Units. "Calmut". Retrieved 2009-12-24.
- Lexicon of Canadian Geologic Units. "Firebag". Retrieved 2009-12-24.
- Lexicon of Canadian Geologic Units. "Fort Vermilion Formation". Retrieved 2009-12-24.
- Lexicon of Canadian Geologic Units. "Swan Hills Formation". Retrieved 2009-12-24.
- Lexicon of Canadian Geologic Units. "Waterways Formation". Retrieved 2009-12-24.
- Griffin, D.L., 1965. "The facies front of the Devonian Slave Point - Elk Point sequence in northeastern British Columbia and the Northwest Territories"; Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 13-22.