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.
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Written in 1977 the publication presents interpretations of then-new data bearing on the geology and geophysics of continental margins. The book includes a discussion of plate tectonics and evolution of continental margins; presentations on the stratigraphy and structure of pull-apart and compressional margin;, prospective petroleum source rocks, their organic content, rate of burial, and distribution on slopes and rises of different margin types; prospective reservoir rock patterns in relation to depositional processes and to the sedimentary and structural histories for different types of continental margins; and seismic recognition of depositional facies on slopes and rises for different margin types with varying rates of sediment supply during eustatic sea-level changes.