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The Barmer Basin of northwest India is a failed intracontinental rift that has become an established prolific hydrocarbon province in the last decade. Primary source rocks in the basin are the diatomites and interbedded lacustrine shales of the Paleocene Eocene Barmer Hill and Dharvi Dungar formations, although subordinate lacustrine shales in Lower Cretaceous sediments beneath the main rift basin are also high-quality source rocks.

Synrift deposition commenced in the Paleocene and peaked in the Eocene, with Barmer Hill Formation shales maturing as early as 55 Ma. Generation continued across the basin through to the early Miocene. Kinetic variations in...

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