Thermal and Chronological Record of Syn- to Post-Laramide Burial and Exhumation, Sierra Madre Oriental, Mexico
Gary G. Gray, Robert J. Pottorf, Donald A. Yurewicz, Keith I. Mahon, David R. Pevear, Richard J. Chuchla, 2001. "Thermal and Chronological Record of Syn- to Post-Laramide Burial and Exhumation, Sierra Madre Oriental, Mexico", The Western Gulf of Mexico Basin: Tectonics,Sedimentary Basins, and Petroleum Systems, Claudio Bartolini, Richard T. Buffler, Abelardo Cantú-Chapa
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Thermal and thermochronological data from the Sierra Madre Oriental indicate that a foreland basin formed on the leading edge of the fold belt during and after the late stages of the Laramide orogeny. This basin appears to have been at least 4 km thick by 50 Ma and to have reached maximum temperatures of 165° to 170°C under 5 to 7 km of burial. In areas such as the Parras and La Popa Basins, these burial amounts are in addition to the presently preserved Upper Cretaceous-Lower Tertiary section.