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Nigeria’s under explored and poorly understood frontier basins include the Nigeria, Chad, Bida, Dahomey, Sokoto, and Benue basins. They have their origins in the multi-phased rift systems that were formed during the breakup of Gondwanaland in Early Cretaceous time. The rifting is widely attributed to the stretching and subsidence of the African crustal blocks accompanied by reactivated plate movements in the early Tertiary. These basins are part of the West African Rift Subsystem (WARS) of the West and Central African Rift Systems (CARS).

The Chad basin, the largest, is an intracratonic rift basin having an area of 2,335,000 km...

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