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The Carboniferous System in Western Canada Basin (Fig. 4E.1-4E.3) is a thick succesion of strata deposited on the downwarped and downfaulted western margin of the ancestral North American plate, the central to western cratonic platform, and southern Yukon Fold Belt. This succession, representing the upper Kaskaskia sequenceand lower Absaroka sequence of Sloss (1963), comprises two main lithofacies assemblages. The lower assemblage is basinal shale and generally thickens southwestward or basinward (see Fig. 4 E . 9 - 4 E . 1 3) . Upward and northeastward, it passe into an upper assemblage of platform and ramp carbonates (Fig. 4E.4,...

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