In their article, Basement reactivation in the Alberta Basin: Observational constraints and mechanical rationale, in December 1999 issue of the Bulletin of Canadian Petroleum Geology, Ross and Eaton conclude that, “ . . . direct basement control of the presence and orientation of faults in the sedimentary section seems unlikely... [because]... the strength and thermal age of lithospheric mantle was too great to allow much in the way of reactivation of basement structure.” This conclusion is greatly at odds with the findings of many competent geologists whose papers preceded theirs. I cite a few examples from the last dozen years...

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