The impetus for a volume on Cenozoic Carbonate Systems of Australasia began with oral and poster presentations in SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) and AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists) sessions held at the AAPG International Meeting in Perth, Australia, in November 2006. Those sessions highlighted the diversity of carbonate systems that are and were present in Australasia during the Cenozoic. The papers in this volume, which are drawn from the presentations made at the Perth meeting as well as from a 2009 AAPG Hedberg Conference and other meetings, provide insights into the factors controlling the diverse lithofacies, biofacies, growth morphology, diagenesis, and hydrocarbon reservoir potential of these systems.
The ten papers in this Special Publication are geographically widespread (Fig. 1) and include tropical and cool-water carbonates. They are grouped into sections on Southeast Asian and Australian Region carbonate systems. This overview begins with a brief description of each of the papers, followed by summary sections on the influence of tectonics on the initiation, growth, and demise of carbonate systems, and insights into controls on potential hydrocarbon reservoirs.
Moyra E. J. Wilson and Robert Hall review the role of tectonics on SE Asian carbonate platform evolution, from plate to local fault scales, and its relationship to reservoir development in their paper on Tectonic Influences on SE Asian Carbonate Systems and their Reservoir Development. At the largest scale, this review highlights the importance of carbonate platforms as records of the Cenozoic tectonic evolution and assembly of SE