Continental Margin Types
The earth's crust is a thin dynamic shell which is constantly changing in both thickness and composition resulting from sub crustal processes and the lateral interaction of crustal plates.
Continental margin basins can be related to a cycle of construction and destruction of continental crust. Such processes form depressions of various types within the earth's crust which hoast continental margin basins.
The type of crust which underlies a continental margin basin determines the basin's physical framework, manner of structuring and bottom configuration at the time of deposition. This, in turn, controls the condition of sedimentation throughout the life of the basin.
Schematic models depicting the various basin types demonstrate the basic tectonic and stratigraphic processes involved in their respective development.