Regional Geology and Tectonics: Phanerozoic Rift Systems and Sedimentary Basins

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9780444563569
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Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 23rd April 2012
Page Count: 500
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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.

Key Features

  • Named a 2013 Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association's Choice publication
  • A practical reference for petroleum geologists that discusses the importance of rift systems and the structural evolution of the Earth
  • Analyses of active rifts in East Africa, China, Siberia, the Gulf of Suez, and the Russian Arctic provide immediately implementable petroleum exploration applications in regions heavily targeted by oil & gas companies
  • Presents overviews of sequence stratigraphy in rifts and structural controls on clastic and carbonate sedimentation—critical to the exact mapping of the most lucrative hydrocarbon locations by exploration geologists


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

Contributors for Volumes 1A

Foreword and Introduction


SECTION 1. Rift Systems

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. From rifts to passive margins

2.1 Rifts (Chapters 2–17)

2.2 Passive margins

2.3 Amagmatic margins

2.4 Magmatic margins

2.5 Transform passive margins


3. Models for the evolution of passive margins

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Subsidence and uplift history

3.3 Thermal and mechanical structure

3.4 Models

3.5 Conclusions



4. Rift sequence stratigraphy

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Fundamental concepts

4.3 Controls on the stratigraphic architecture of rift basins

4.4 Discussion and conclusions: A sequence-stratigraphic model for rift basins



5. Structural control on syn-rift sedimentation, northwestern Red Sea margin, Egypt

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Stratigraphy and structure of the northwestern Red Sea

5.3 Stratigraphic architecture and sedimentology of the Miocene syn-rift strata

5.4 Discussion: Models for the structural control on the Miocene fan delta systems

5.5 Conclusions



6. Carbonate-dominated marine rifts

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Cenozoic of Gulf of Suez–Red Sea–Gulf of Aden case study

6.3 Cretaceous South Atlantic margins subsurface case study

6.4 Synthesis and discussion

6.5 Conclusions

About the Author


SECTION 2. Active and Cenozoic Rifts

7. Evolution of the Cenozoic East African rift system

7.1 Int


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CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles, 2013 , American Library Association


"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