There is increasing evidence that thermal subsidence of some passive margins is interrupted by periods of post-breakup compressional deformation. This Geological Society Special Publication comprises ten original research papers (plus a preface) that explore the possible causes and consequences of compressional deformation on passive margins. It focuses on compressional deformation inferred to have occurred in response to regional stresses transmitted through the basement, rather than on the ‘thin-skinned’ gravity-related compression associated with, say, deepwater fold and thrust belts. The volume was inspired by a joint Petroleum Group–Tectonic Studies Group conference ‘Compressional deformation within passive margins: nature, causes and effects’ hosted...

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