Regional Geology and Tectonics: Phanerozoic Rift Systems and Sedimentary Basins

Edited by

  • David G. Roberts, BP Exploration Operation Co. Ltd., Middlesex, UK
  • A.W. Bally, Rice University, Houston, TX, USA

Expert petroleum geologists David Roberts and Albert Bally bring you Regional Geology and Tectonics: Phanerozoic Rift Systems and Sedimentary Basins, volume two in a three-volume series covering Phanerozoic regional geology and tectonics. Experience in analyzing and assessing rifts-locations where the Earth’s outer shell and crust have been stretched over time by seismic activity-is critical for you as an exploration geologist in identifying Earth’s most lucrative hydrocarbon locations in which extraction is both efficient and safe. Vast compilations of related industry data present regional seismic lines and cross sections, and summaries of analogue and theoretical models are provided as an essential backdrop to the structure and stratigraphy of various geological settings.
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Geologists, geophysicists, and marine geologists globally in academia and petroleum exploration with a focus on tectonics, basin analysis, sedimentary processes and petroleum systems. The secondary market includes undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as instructors in Geosciences.


Book information

  • Published: April 2012
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-56356-9


"The monumental work is without equal, a massive assemblage of information in three volumes, 13 sections, and 71 chapters. Subject coverage overall relates more to divergent and transform plate boundary and cratonic regions than to convergent plate regions. However, two masterful extended summaries of convergent plate boundary complexes and ocean basins balance and complete global coverage of the three volumes."--CHOICE April 2013

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: From rifts to passive margins. D.G. Roberts & A.W. Bally
  2. Models for the evolution of passive margins. A. Watts
  3. Sequence stratigraphy in rifts. F.Neto & O.Catanuneau
  4. Structural controls on syn-rift sedimentation, northwestern Red Sea margin. S. Khalil & K. McClay
  5. Carbonate dominated marine rifts. D. Bosence
  6. Evolution of the Cenozoic East African rift system: cratons, plumes and continental breakup. C. Ebinger
  7. The Gulf of Suez Rift Basin. J. Peijs, T. Bevan & J. Piombino.
  8. Cenozoic rifts of Eastern China. Li Desheng
  9. Xialiao, Bohai. Li Yuan Hsiao, S. Graham
  10. Lake Baikal. R. Hus, J. Pooryt, F. Charlet, L. Naudts, O. Khlystov, J. Klerkx, M. DeBatiste
  11. Geology of the shelves surrounding the New Siberian Islands for seismic images: Laptev sea and East Siberian Sea, Russian Arctic. D. Franke & K. Hinz
  12. Development of the Passive Margin of Eastern North America: Mesozoic Rifting, Inversion and Igneous Activity. M. Withjack, R. Schlische & P. Olsen
  13. Extensional tectonics and stratigraphy of the Mesozoic Jeanne d’Arc basin, Grand Banks of Newfoundland. H. Welsink, A. Tankard
  14. The Reconcavo Basin. P. Szatmari
  15. The Dniepr-Donets Basin. R Stephenson & S. Stovba
  16. Sedimentary Basins of the Late Mesozoic Extensional Domain of China and Mongolia rifts. S. Graham, T. Cope, C. Johnson & B. Ritts
  17. Erlian Songliao Rifts. Li Desheng
  18. Inverted Rift-Basins of Northern Egypt. T. Bevan & A. Moustafa