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Convergent Margin Basins

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Places convergent margins in a plate tectonic setting and examines general characteristics. Relates petroleum habitats to theories of basin development. Classifies convergent margin basins and presents examples. Proposes a strategy for petroleum exploration in convergent margin basins.

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Total Number of Subtopics: 8
  • expand/collapse Convergent Margins
    • Introduction
    • Placement in the Plate Tectonic System
    • General Characteristics
    • Significance in Petroleum Geology
    • Exercise No. 1 (Solution)
    • Exercise No. 2 (Solution)
  • expand/collapse Basin Classification and Development
    • General Considerations
    • Crustal Layering
    • B-Type (Benioff, or Sumatra-Type) Basins
    • A-Type (Alpine, or Mediterranean-Type) Basins
    • Andean-Type Basins
  • expand/collapse Basin Development
    • Process Description
    • Trenches
    • Accretionary Wedges
    • Forearc Basins
    • Backarc Basins
    • Variations in Subduction Zones
    • Heat Variations vs. Faulting
    • Basin Development on Cratons and Divergent Margins
    • Basin Development Models
    • Exercise No. 1 (Solution)
  • expand/collapse Foreland Basins and Associated Structures
    • Introduction
    • Quantitative Modeling of Basin Dynamics
    • Development Models: Appalachian Basin
    • Fault Bend, Fault Propagation and Detachment Folds
    • Duplexes and Imbricate Thrust Systems
    • Piggy-Back Basins
    • Other Structural Features
  • expand/collapse Petroleum Habitat
    • Sedimentation and Structure
    • Petroleum Generation
    • Petroleum Migration
    • Petroleum Entrapment
  • expand/collapse Convergent Tectonic Regimes
    • Sumatra/Java
    • Japan
    • Alaska: Cook Inlet Basin
    • California
    • Arkoma Basin, South-Central U.S.
    • Makran Coast, Iran/Pakistan
    • Carpathian Arc
    • Central and Southern Alps and Apennies
    • Caribbean Subduction Complex
    • Papua-New Guinea
    • Zagros Trend
    • Andean Belt
  • expand/collapse Exploration Considerations
    • General Approach
  • expand/collapse Convergent Margin Basins: References and Additional Information
    • References
    • Additional Reading
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