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True-Scale Diagrams of Orogenic Basins: (Supplement to Plate Tectonic Evolution of Sedimentary Basins)

William R. Dickinson
William R. Dickinson
Geology Department Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305
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January 01, 1978


The geometric configuration and setting of orogenic sedimentary basins is varied (fig. 26). Figures 27-30 are an attempt to depict the geometry of key types of orogenic basins at true scale without vertical exaggeration. Overall relationships to crust and lithosphere are best seen on such diagrams. Each sketch necessarily represents a generalization and idealization. In the spirit of the text, they are intended here as a stimulus to thinking. Although each is thought to be valid in concept, none should be taken as a direct analogue of any particular basin, whose history and geometry may deviate in important ways from any general model.

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AAPG Continuing Education Course Note Series

Plate Tectonics and Hydrocarbon Accumulation

William R. Dickinson
William R. Dickinson
Professor of Geology Stonford University
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Hunter Yarborough
Hunter Yarborough
Global Exploration Analysts, Inc. and Associates
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American Association of Petroleum Geologists
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