Review of the Crust—Lithosphere Research in the Carpathians
Lubomil Pospíšil, Antal Ádám, 2006. "Review of the Crust—Lithosphere Research in the Carpathians", The Carpathians and Their Foreland: Geology and Hydrocarbon Resources, Jan Golonka, Frank J. Picha
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This chapter summarizes the basic information on the development of views and fundamental geophysical data concerning the lithosphere of the Carpathians and the Pannonian Basin. Mostly, those results and interpretations published in the past are mentioned and still keep their validity. It is obvious that the period of syntheses of geoscience information concerning crustal–lithosphere research in the Carpathian region still has not reached its apex. The main reason for it is the absence and limited availability of data from particular countries because of reasons of legislation (Romania and Ukraine) and commercial problems (Poland, Hungary, and currently, the Czech and Slovak Republics).
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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.