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AAPG Bulletin, V. 87, No. 2 (February 2003), P. 183-195.

Copyright ©2003. The American Association of Petroleum Geologists. All rights reserved.

Reconnaissance hydrocarbon geology of the Anadyrsky, Khatyrsky, and Penzhinskaya Guba Cenozoic sedimentary basins, northern Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia

William Harbert,1 Sergei Sokolov,2 Alexander Heiphetz3

1Department of Geology and Planetary Science, University of Pittsburgh, 200 SRCC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15260; email: [email protected]
2Geological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Pyzhevsky Lane 7, Moscow 109017, Russia
3Alex Heiphetz Group, State College, Pennsylvania, 16803


William Harbert completed his B.S. degrees at Western Washington University and his M.S. degree in exploration geophysics and Ph.D. in geophysics at Stanford University (1987). He has traveled extensively in Russia during 11 visits beginning in 1985. He is presently the chairman of the Department of Geology and Planetary Science at the University of Pittsburgh.

Sergei Dmitrievich Sokolov earned his Candidate of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences (1975) and Doctor of Science in Geotectonics (1989) degrees at the Geological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is presently the director of the Laboratory of Oceans and Peri-Oceanic Zones at the Geological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, studying accretionary tectonics, terrane analysis, and paleotectonic reconstructions.

Alexander Heiphetz earned his B.S. and M.Sc. degrees in geology from Moscow University (1985). He worked in Russian academic insitutions studying geology and paleomagnetism of Kamchatka, Koryak Highlands, and Komandorskiy Islands. After earning his Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1995, Heiphetz worked for GeoMechanics. Since 1997, Heiphetz has run his own consulting and software company.


We wish to thank the editor and the reviewers of this manuscript; their work and suggestions significantly improved the quality of our manuscript. Funding for this work came from NSF Award EAR97-06446 and from the Russian Foundation of Basement Researchers Grant 02-05-64217. Help from the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) is gratefully acknowledged. Thanks to D. Alexeiev for his discussions of this region during his ARCUS-supported visit to the University of Pittsburgh.


In northeastern Russia, reconnaissance analysis of the Anadyrsky and Khatyrsky sedimentary basins indicates that oil and gas fields were formed where strata of potential reservoir quality are present, and faults or zones of high permeability connect the source rocks to zones where impermeable strata overlie reservoir formations. Upper Cenozoic rocks, which have been subjected to Paleocene to Quaternary tectonic reactivation, the degree of which generally increases southward within individual basins, contain known oil and gas deposits in these basins. The formation of these basins is the result of extension and rifting along the northwestern edge of the Kamchatka Peninsula, specifically in the Penzhinskaya Guba region.

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