Expert petroleum geologists David Roberts and Albert Bally bring you Regional Geology and Tectonics: Phanerozoic Passive Margins, Cratonic Basins and Global Tectonic Maps, volume three in a three-volume series covering Phanerozoic regional geology and tectonics. Its key focus is on both volcanic and non-volcanic passive margins, and the importance of salt and shale driven by sedimentary tectonics to their evolution. Recent innovative research on such critical locations as Iberia, Newfoundland, China, and the North Sea are incorporated to provide practical real-world case studies in regional geology and tectonics. The vast amount of volcanic data now available to form accurate hydrocarbon assessments and analysis at passive margin locations is also included into this thorough yet accessible reference.

Key Features

  • Named a 2013 Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association's Choice publication
  • A "how-to" practical reference that discusses the impact of the development of passive margins and cratonic basins on the structural evolution of the Earth in regional geology and tectonic applications.
  • Incorporates the increased availability of industry data to present regional seismic lines and cross-sections, leading to more accurate analysis and assessment of targeted hydrocarbon systems
  • Analyses of passive margins and cratonic basins in East Africa, China, Siberia, the Gulf of Suez, and the Laptev Sea in the Russian Arctic provide immediately implementable petroleum exploration applications
  • Summaries of analogue and theoretical models are provided as an essential backdrop to the structure and stratigraphy of various geological settings.


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.

Table of Contents

  1. De Res Salsa: Fundamental Principles of Salt Tectonics. M. Hudec & M. Jackson
  2. Shale Tectonics. L. Woods
  3. The Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Basins. W. Bosworth, P. Huchon & K. McClay
  4. The NE Atlantic Conjugate Margins. F. Tsikalas, J. Faleide & O. Eldholm
  5. Conjugate Margins of the South Atlantic: Namibia –Pelotas. J. Cartwright, R. Swart & B. Corner
  6. Phanerozoic Regional Geology of the Eastern Brazilian Margin. W. Mohriak & R Fainstein
  7. The conjugate margins of Morocco and Nova Scotia. G. Tari et al.
  8. Evolution of Magma Poor Continental Margins: from Rifting to the Onset of Seafloor Spreading. R.B. Whitmarsh & G. Manatschal
  9. The Newfoundland –Iberia Conjugate Margin. B. Tucholke & R.B. Whitmarsh
  10. Labrador Sea, Davis Strait and Baffin Bay. J. Chalmers
  11. Evolution of the Western Mediterranean. E. Carminati. C. Doglioni, B. Gelabert, G. Panza, E. Roca, F. Sabat, & D. Scrocca.
  12. Tyrrhenian Sea. D. Scrocca, E. Carminati, C. Doglioni & D. Procaccanti
  13. Deepwater frontier basins New Zealand. C. Uruski
  14. South Africa’s Mesozoic Basins. D. Broad, E. Jungslager, I. McLachlan, J. Roux & D. van der Spuy
  15. Rift-shear Architecture and Tectonic Development of the Ghana Margin. A. Antobreh, J.I. Faleide, F. Tsikalas & S. Planke
  16. Structural Styles along the Dead Sea Fault. Z. Ben-Avraham, M. Lazar, Z. Garfunkel, M. Reshef, A. Ginzburg, Y. Rotstein, U. Freislander,Y. Bartov & H. Shulman
  17. Columbus Basin Offshore Trinidad: A Detached Pull-Apart Basin in a Transpressional Foreland Setting. R. Gibson, K. Meisling & J. Sydow
  18. Illizzi basin. S. Galeazzi et al
  19. The Moscow Basin. J. Eyer


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About the editors

David G. Roberts

Affiliations and Expertise

BP Exploration Operation Co. Ltd., Middlesex, UK

A.W. Bally

Affiliations and Expertise

Rice University, Houston, TX, USA


CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles, 2013 , American Library Association


"…geologists discuss extensional basins including rifts, passive margins, and inverted extensional basins. The chapters have a broadly similar layout, and where appropriate include a section on the petroleum system. They cover non-volcanic and transform passive margins, cratonic basins on pre-Cambrian and Paleozoic basements, and world maps.", March 2014