Regional Geology and Tectonics: Principles of Geologic Analysis

Regional Geology and Tectonics: Principles of Geologic Analysis

Volume 1: Principles of Geologic Analysis

2nd Edition - June 16, 2020

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  • Editors: Nicola Scarselli, Jürgen Adam, Domenico Chiarella
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780444641342
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444641359

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Regional Geology and Tectonics: Principles of Geologic Analysis, 2nd edition is the first in a three-volume series covering Phanerozoic regional geology and tectonics. The new edition provides updates to the first edition’s detailed overview of geologic processes, and includes new sections on plate tectonics, petroleum systems, and new methods of geological analysis. This book provides both professionals and students with the basic principles necessary to grasp the conceptual approaches to hydrocarbon exploration in a wide variety of geological settings globally.

Key Features

  • Discusses in detail the principles of regional geological analysis and the main geological and geophysical tools
  • Captures and identifies the tectonics of the world 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 2 and 3 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

Table of Contents

  • 1. Regional geology and tectonics of sedimentary basins
    Ian James Stewart
    2. The Earth: Core, mantle and crust
    C. Mary R. Fowler
    3. Age of the oceans
    Lucia Perez Diaz
    4. Plate boundaries and driving mechanisms
    Graeme Eagles
    5. Plate kinematic reconstructions
    Graeme Eagles
    6. Resolving geological enigmas using plate tectonic reconstructions and mantle flow models
    Sabin Zahirovic
    7. Tectonostratigraphic megasequences and chronostratigraphy
    Ian James Stewart
    8. Fault classification, fault growth and displacement
    Haakon Fossen
    9. Thrust systems and contractional tectonics
    Rob Butler and Clare Bond
    10. Inverted fault systems and inversion tectonic settings
    Mark Cooper and Marian J. Warren
    11. Salt- and shale-detached gravity-driven failure of continental margins
    Mark G. Rowan
    12. Carbonate systems
    Luis Pomar
    13. Lake systems and their economic importance
    Chris Sladen and Domenico Chiarella
    14. Clastic shorelines and deltas
    M. Royhan Gani
    15. Tidal straits: Basic criteria for recognizing ancient systems from the rock record
    Sergio G. Longhitano and Domenico Chiarella
    16. Submarine landslides: Architecture, controlling factors and encironments
    Nicola Scarselli
    17. Turbidites and turbidity currents
    Roberto Tinterri, Andrea Civa, Michele Laporta and Alberto Piazza
    18. Controls on reservoir distribution, architecture and stratigraphic trapping in slope settings
    Bradford E. Prather
    19. Geological methods
    Patricia Wood Dickerson and William R. Muehlberger
    20. Regional tectonics and basin formation: The role of potential field studies - An application to the Mesozoic West and Central African Rift System
    James Derek Fairhead
    21. Wide-angle refraction and reflection
    Robert S. White
    22. An introduction to seismic reflection data: Acquisition, processing and interpretation
    David R. Cox, Andrew M.W. Newton and Mads Huuse
    23. Sequence stratigraphy
    Octavian Catuneanu
    24. Concepts of conventional petroleum systems
    Jan de Jager
    25. The accumulation of organic matter-rich rocks within an earth system's framework
    Kevin M. Bohacs, Ian O. Norton, Jack E. Neal and Debbie Gilbert
    26. Modelling fluid flow and petroleum systems in sedimentary basins
    Johannes Wendebourg
    27. Tectonic and basin maps of the world
    Albert W. Bally, David G. Roberts, Dale Sawyer and Anton Sinkewich

Product details

  • No. of pages: 894
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2020
  • Published: June 16, 2020
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780444641342
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444641359

About the Editors

Nicola Scarselli

Nicola Scarselli, PhD, is lecturer at Royal Holloway University. He has over ten years of experience in industry-related research on deepwater passive margins. His expertise includes advanced seismic interpretation from regional studies to reservoir level, mapping of complex 3D structural and stratigraphic traps, calculation and interpretation of seismic attributes as well as post-stack seismic filtering. Dr. Scarselli routinely delivers training courses and lectures in seismic interpretation and petroleum geology to the industry and to postgrad & undergrad students. His research interests comprise structural geology, gravity-driven deformation, seismic geomorphology as well as igneous intrusions and seal bypass systems from analysis of seismic and well data.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer, Department of Earth Sciences, Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, UK

Jürgen Adam

Dr. Jürgen Adam has 27 years of professional experience as researcher and lecturer in structural geology, salt tectonics, basin modelling, neotectonics, and geomechanics. Study areas include modern and ancient continental margins, fold-and-thrust belts, and related sedimentary basins. His research focuses on the mechanics of brittle continental deformation at basin-, fault- and fracture scales, on coupled tectonic, climate and sedimentation/erosion processes, on basin modelling and salt tectonics at passive margins, and on the development of innovative physical modelling methods and strain monitoring techniques to support petroleum exploration. He is a member of the Continental Margins Research Group at RHUL and his industry research projects are centered on the simulation of tectonics and sedimentary basin evolution to support hydrocarbon exploration in complex structured sedimentary basins of the North Sea, Atlantic and East Africa margin basins.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, UK

Domenico Chiarella

Dr. Domenico Chiarella is a senior lecturer in sedimentary geology and Director of the MSc in Petroleum Geoscience at the Royal Holloway, University of London. He holds a Ph.D. in sedimentology from the University of Basilicata, Italy. He worked as senior geologist in Norwegian exploration and production companies for 5 years. His expertise is in clastic facies analysis and sedimentology. He has experience from international projects at appraisal, development, and production. His current research interests lies in the understanding of depositional systems and in applying this knowledge to reservoir characterization.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer, Department of Earth Sciences, Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, UK

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