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Basin Analysis: Principles and Applications

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By: PA Allen and JR Allen

549 pages, 343 illus

Wiley-Blackwell

Paperback | Dec 2004 | Edition: 2 | #119929 | ISBN: 0632052074
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Basin Analysis is an up-to-date overview of the essential processes of the formation and evolution of sedimentary basins, and their implications for the development of hydrocarbon resources. The new edition features:

A consideration of the fundamental physical state of the lithosphere.
A discussion on the major types of lithospheric deformation relevant to basin development - stretching and flexure.
A new chapter on the effects of mantle dynamics.
Radically revised chapters on the basin-fill.
A new chapter on the erosional engine for sediment delivery to basins, reflecting the massive and exciting advances in this area in the last decade.
Expansion of the techniques used in approaching problems in basin analysis.
Updated chapters on subsidence analysis and measurements of thermal maturity of organic and non-organic components of the basin-fill.
New material on thermochronological and exposure dating tools.
Inclusion of the important petroleum system concept in the updated section on the application to the petroleum play.

Contents
PART 1: THE FOUNDATIONS OF SEDIMENTARY BASINS.
Chapter 1 Basins in their plate tectonic environment
Chapter 2 The physical state of the lithosphere
PART 2: THE MECHANICS OF SEDIMENTARY BASIN FORMATION.
Chapter 3 Basins due to lithospheric stretching
Chapter 4 Basins due to flexure
Chapter 5 Effects of mantle dynamics
Chapter 6 Basins associated with strike-slip deformation
PART 3 THE SEDIMENTARY BASIN-FILL.
Chapter 7 The sediment routing system
Chapter 8 Basin stratigraphy
Chapter 9 Subsidence and thermal history
PART 4 APPLICATION TO PETROLEUM PLAY ASSESSMENT.
Chapter 10 The petroleum play
References
Index

About the Authors

Philip Allen is a sedimentary geologist with research interests in sedimentology, stratigraphy, physical Earth surface processes, and basin analysis. He has held University appointments at Cardiff, Oxford, and Trinity College, Dublin, and is currently a Professor in the Geological Institute of the Swiss Federal Polytechnic (ETH) in Zürich.


John Allen has 25 years experience as a petroleum geologist in the international oil and gas industry, initially with British Petroleum (BP) and then with BHP Billiton as an exploration advisor and Chief Geologist. He is currently a global business strategist in BHP Billiton's Petroleum division, based in Melbourne, Australia.

This 2nd edition is certainly an awaited text book and a welcome update that can be recommended without any hesitation to both undergraduate and graduate students as well as the practitioner in the field. Journal of Soils and Sediments, November 2005


Contents

PART 1: THE FOUNDATIONS OF SEDIMENTARY BASINS: Chapter 1 Basins in their plate tectonic environment Summary 1.1 Compositional zonation of the Earth 1.2 Rheological zonation of the Earth 1.3 Plate motion 1.4 Classification schemes of sedimentary basins Chapter 2 The physical state of the lithosphere Summary 2.1 Stress and strain 2.2 Heat flow: conduction and convection 2.3 Gravity and isostasy 2.4 Rock rheology PART 2: THE MECHANICS OF SEDIMENTARY BASIN FORMATION: Chapter 3 Basins due to lithospheric stretching Summary 3.1 Introduction to rifts, failed rifts and passive continental margins 3.2 Geological and geophysical observations in regions of continental extension 3.3 Introduction to models of continental extension 3.4 Uniform stretching of the continental lithosphere 3.5 Modifications to the uniform stretching model 3.6 A dynamical approach to lithospheric extension 3.7 Mantle plumes and igneous activity associated with continental extension 3.8 Estimation of the stretch factor and strain rate history Chapter 4 Basins due to flexure Summary 4.1 Basic observations in regions of lithospheric flexure 4.2 Flexure of the lithosphere: geometry of the deflection 4.3 Flexural rigidity of the oceanic and continental lithosphere 4.4 Lithospheric buckling 4.5 The dynamics of orogenic wedges 4.6 The modelling of foreland basins Chapter 5 Effects of mantle dynamics Summary 5.1 Fundamentals and observations 5.2 Dynamic topography Chapter 6 Basins associated with strike-slip deformation Summary 6.1 Overview 6.2 The structural pattern of strike-slip fault systems 6.3 Basins in strike-slip zones PART 3 THE SEDIMENTARY BASIN-FILL: Chapter 7 The sediment routing system Summary 7.1 Introduction 7.2 Weathering 7.3 Terrestrial sediment and solute yields 7.4 Measurements of erosion rates 7.5 The functioning of sediment routing systems Chapter 8 Basin stratigraphy Summary 8.1 A primer on process stratigraphy 8.2 Stratigraphic cycles: definition and recognition 8.3 Driving mechanisms for stratigraphic patterns 8.4 Numerical simulation of stratigraphy 8.5 Depositional systems 8.6 Relation of depositional style to basin setting Chapter 9 Subsidence and thermal history Summary 9.1 Introduction to 'geohistory analysis' 9.2 Porosity loss during basin subsidence 9.3 Subsidence history and backstripping 9.4 Introduction to thermal history 9.5 Theory: the Arrhenius equation and maturation indices 9.6 Factors influencing temperatures and palaeotemperatures in sedimentary basins 9.7 Measurements of thermal maturity in sedimentary basins 9.8 Application of thermal maturity measurements 9.9 Geothermal and palaeogeothermal signatures of basin types PART 4 APPLICATION TO PETROLEUM PLAY ASSESSMENT: Chapter 10 The petroleum play Summary 10.1 From basin analysis to play concept 10.2 The petroleum system and play concept 10.3 The petroleum charge system 10.4 The reservoir 10.5 The regional topseal 10.6 The trap References Index

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Biography

Philip Allen is a sedimentary geologist with research interests in sedimentology, stratigraphy, physical Earth surface processes and basin analysis. He has held University appointments at Cardiff, Oxford and Trinity College, Dublin, and is currently a Professor in the Geological Institute of the Swiss Federal Polytechnic (ETH) in Zurich. John Allen has 25 years experience as a petroleum geologist in the international oil and gas industry, initially with British Petroleum (BP) and then with BHP Billiton as an exploration advisor and Chief Geologist. He is currently a global business strategist in BHP Billiton's Petroleum division, based in Melbourne, Australia.

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