Regional Geology and Tectonics: Phanerozoic Passive Margins, Cratonic Basins and Global Tectonic Maps

1st Edition

Editors: David G. Roberts A.W. Bally
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444563576
eBook ISBN: 9780444563620
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 29th May 2012
Page Count: 1200
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Table of Contents

Contributors for Volumes 1A

Foreword and Introduction


Section 1. Passive margins

1. Regional geology and tectonics of sedimentary basins

1.1 Introduction

1.2 A historical perspective

1.3 Some remarks on regional geology and tectonics

1.4 Conclusion


2. De Re Salica: Fundamental principles of salt tectonics

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Mechanics of salt flow

2.3 Processes of diapir growth

2.4 Salt and regional tectonics

2.5 Conclusions


3. Shale tectonics

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Mechanics of shale movement

3.3 Shale implacement and form

3.4 Shale and regional tectonics

3.5 Conclusions


4. The Red Sea and Gulf of Aden basins

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Afar

4.3 Gulf of Aden

4.4 Red Sea

4.5 Plate scale considerations

4.6 Discussion

4.7 Conclusions

4.8 Future research



5. The NE Atlantic conjugate margins

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Conjugate margin setting and segmentation

5.3 Crustal structure

5.4 Pre-breakup basin evolution

5.5 Breakup-related magmatism

5.6 Post-breakup margin evolution

5.7 Summary and Conclusions



6. Conjugate margins of the South Atlantic: Namibia-Pelotas

6.1 Introduction



7. Phanerozoic regional geology of the eastern Brazilian margin

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Previous works

7.3 Main tectonic features of the South Atlantic

7.4 Tectono-sedimentary evolution of the continental margin

7.5 Salt tectonics

7.6 Magmatism

7.7 Hydrocarbon resources and petroleum fields

7.8 Summary and conclusions



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.


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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

About the Editors

David G. Roberts Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

BP Exploration Operation Co. Ltd., Middlesex, UK

A.W. Bally Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

Rice University, Houston, TX, USA