Regional Geology and Tectonics: Principles of Geologic Analysis

1st Edition

Editors: David G. Roberts A.W. Bally
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444530424
eBook ISBN: 9780080951867
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 16th March 2012
Page Count: 900
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Table of Contents

Contributors for Volumes 1A

Foreword and Introduction


Section 1 The Earth

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. The Earth

2.1 Overview

2.2 Methods of investigation

2.3 The lithosphere

2.4 The mantle

2.5 The core


3. Phanerozoic volcanism

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Mid-ocean ridge basalts

3.3 Subduction zones: Andesites, basaltic andesites

3.4 Oceanic intraplate volcanism

3.5 Continental intraplate volcanism

3.6 Discussion


Section 2 Geological megaprovinces

4. Some remarks on basins and basin classification and tectonostratigraphic megasequences

4.1 Tectonstratigraphic megasequences


5. A lithospheric perspective on structure and evolution of Precambrian cratons

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Lateral and depth extent of the cratons

5.3 Correlation between lithospheric thickness and geological age

5.4 Lithosphere modification by mantle convection and plumes

5.5 Correlations between lateral and depth extents of cratonic lithosphere and plate motions


6. Convergent margins and orogenic belts

6.1 Introduction and summary

6.2 Orogens, their types, terminology, and plate tectonic setting

6.3 Orogenic belts and tectonics: Some terms defined

6.4 Andean, Cordilleran, and Tethyan tectonics: Products of plate motions, mantle cooling, and supercontinental cycles

6.5 Sutures and megasutures

6.6 Cordilleran tectonics: Compression above non-compressional subduction

6.7 Segments of steep subduction and tectonics of the arc-trench gap

6.8 Segments of


Expert petroleum geologists David Roberts and Albert Bally bring you Regional Geology and Tectonics: Principles of Geologic Analysis, volume one in a three-volume series covering Phanerozoic regional geology and tectonics. It has been written to provide you with a detailed overview of geologic rift systems, passive margins, and cratonic basins, it features the basic principles necessary to grasping the conceptual approaches to hydrocarbon exploration in a broad range of geological settings globally.

Key Features

  • Named a 2013 Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association's Choice publication
  • A "how-to" regional geology primer that provides a detailed overview of tectonics, rift systems, passive margins, and cratonic basins
  • The principles of regional geological analysis and the main geological and geophysical tools are discussed in detail.
  • The tectonics of the world are captured and identified in detail through a series of unique geographic maps, allowing quick access to exact tectonic locations.
  • Serves as the ideal introductory overview and complementary reference to the core concepts of regional geology and tectonics offered in volumes two and three in the series.


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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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