During the past 10 years, the Oil industry in India has seen a tremendous rise in exploration activity with several major E&P companies generating vast amount of new geological and geophysical data. The availability of such integrated data sets (gravity, magnetic, seismic, drilled wells), especially in the deep offshore basins, has led the authors to revisit earlier concepts and models in order to redefine the tectonic framework of major offshore basins along the Indian continental margins. The book covers the stratigraphic evolution, play types and the classification of major offshore basins both in shallow and deepwater environments.

Key Features


* Incorporation of latest dataset (specially the seismic, gravity and magnetic)

* Analogy of global offshore basins with India

* Sedimentation and depositional history of Bengal fan and Indus fan

* Redefinition of major tectonic framework of the margins

* Exceleent high quality graphics that include: seismic sections, gravity-magnetic maps, conceptual geological models and new revised tectonic elements



* Comprehensive geological and geophysical demonstration of basin development and history in the light of petroleum prospectivity of the Continental Margins of India

* Emerging concepts on rift-drift history of the Eastern Gondwanaland in the light of probable Mesozoic prospects hitherto little known in this part of the world

* A deep insight of all major offshore prospective basins with illustrations and high resolution datasets otherwise not available to common readers

* Useful as a textbook for petroleum professionals and as a reference book for marine geo-science researchers


Primary market: petroleum academia and industry, worldwide

Secondary market: research organizations and individual consultants, worldwide

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. Introduction
    • 1.1 General Introduction
    • 1.2 Breakup of Continents and Development of Ocean Basins and Margins
    • 1.3 Continental Margins—Types, Characteristics, and Processes
    • 1.4 The Indian Continental Margin
    • 1.5 Growing Energy Requirement
    • 1.6 Petroleum Exploration Scenario in India
    • 1.7 Challenges and Technological Advances
    • 1.8 Scope of the Present Book
    • References
  • Chapter 2. Reconstruction of Eastern Gondwanaland Breakup and Evolution of the Passive Continental Margin of India
    • 2.1 Introduction
    • 2.2 Present day Plate Geometry and Morphology of the Indian Ocean
    • 2.3 Evolution of the Indian Ocean: Geological and Geophysical Constraints
    • 2.4 Tectonic Reconstruction and Development of Indian Continental Margins
    • References
  • Chapter 3. Regional Tectonic Framework and Crustal Structure
    • 3.1 Introduction
    • 3.2 Regional Geological Setting
    • 3.3 Bathymetry and Gravity Anomalies in the Indian Offshore and Contiguous Areas
    • 3.4 Structure and Tectonics of the Western Offshore
    • 3.5 Structure and Tectonics of the Eastern Offshore
    • References
  • Chapter 4. Sedimentation History and Development of Fan System Along the Continental Margins of India
    • 4.1 Introduction
    • 4.2 Himalayan Orogeny and Submarine Fan System in the Indian Ocean
    • 4.3 Indus Fan
    • 4.4 Bengal Fan
    • References
  • Chapter 5. Sedimentary Basins Along the East Coast of India
    • 5.1 Introduction
    • 5.2 Regional Geological Setting of the East Coast Basins
    • 5.3 Basin-Wise Analysis of Hydrocarbon Potential
    • References
  • Chapter 6. Subsurface Geology, Depositional History, and Petroleum Systems Along the Western Of


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About the editors

Rabi Bastia

Affiliations and Expertise

Muland (W), Mumbai, India

M. Radhakrishna

Affiliations and Expertise

Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India


"Citing a lack of a basic reference book dealing with all petro-geological aspects of basin evolution in the Indian continental margins as the motivation for this book, Bastia and Radhakrishna present a synthesis of the regional tectonic framework and evolution of the eastern and western continental margins, integrating the regional datasets for the development of petroleum systems in individual basins."--Reference and Research Book News, August 2013