Carpathian Foredeep Basin (Poland and Ukraine): Its Sedimentary, Structural, and Geodynamic Evolution
N. Oszczypko, P. Krzywiec, I. Popadyuk, T. Peryt, 2006. "Carpathian Foredeep Basin (Poland and Ukraine): Its Sedimentary, Structural, and Geodynamic Evolution", The Carpathians and Their Foreland: Geology and Hydrocarbon Resources, Jan Golonka, Frank J. Picha
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The Polish and Ukrainian Carpathian Foredeep, about 600 km (376 mi) long and as much as 100 km (62 mi) wide, is part of the large sedimentary basin that stretches for more than 1300 km (816 mi) from the Danube in Vienna (Austria) to the Iron Gate on the Danube (Romania). To the west, the Carpathian Foredeep is linked with the Alpine Molasse Basin, and to the east, it passes into the Balkan foreland basin. Like other foreland basins, the Carpathian Foredeep is asymmetric and filled with predominantly clastic sediments of the Miocene age as much as 3 and 6 km (1.8 and 3.6 mi) thick at the Carpathian front in Poland and Ukraine, respectively. The molasse deposits of the Carpathian Foredeep are underlain by the basement of the European Platform, covered mainly by Permian-Mesozoic terrestrial and shelf sediments and locally by the Paleogene deposits. According to seismic, magneto-telluric, and well data, the platform basement with Miocene molasse cover dips southward underneath the Outer Carpathian nappes to a distance of at least 50 km (31 mi). The early to middle Miocene Carpathian Foredeep developed as a peripheral foreland basin related to the moving Carpathian front. The Paleozoic-Mesozoic and Tertiary strata of the Carpathian Foredeep are oil and gas productive.
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This volume of 30 chapters authored by 107 geologists and geophysicists from Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the USA provides a comprehensive and understandable account of geology and hydrocarbon resources of the entire Carpathian system from northeastern Austria to southern Romania, including the Neogene foredeep, the foreland platform both in front and beneath the thrust belt, the Carpathian thrust belt, and the late and post orogenic intermontane basins. Principal chapters on regional geology are supplemented by thematic contributions on geodynamic reconstructions, regional geophysical investigations, hydrocarbon systems, and case studies of major oil and gas fields. To date, close to 7 billion barrels of oil and more than 53 trillion cubic feet of natural gas have been produced from the entire Carpathian system. Additional new reserves may be found, especially at deeper structural levels below the Neogene foredeep and the thin-skinned Carpathian thrust belt. Seventeen chapters of Memoir 84 have been printed in full. The remaining chapters have been printed as abstracts only, with the full paper for all 30 chapters as .pdf files on the CD-ROM in the back of this publication. The publication is intended as a source of information to schools, governmental and private institutions, oil companies, and potential investors.