549 pages, 343 illus
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.
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
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
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