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The Bolshoi Karatau carbonates of southern Kazakhstan record development of a 4500-m (14,763-ft)-thick platform that evolved close to the North Caspian Basin of western Kazakhstan during the Late Devo-nian and Carboniferous (Cook et al., 1994). Carbonate facies in the Bolshoi Karatau mountains of south-ern Kazakhstan provide outcrop analogs for coeval reservoirs in supergiant oil and gas fields in the North Caspian Basin (Figure 1). The carbonate platforms in the Bolshoi Karatau and the North Caspian Basin are similar in several important ways. First, both the Bolshoi Karatau and the Tengiz oil-field carbonate platforms were initiated in the Upper...

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