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This work describes the interaction between tectonic and stratigraphic/sedimentary processes during deposition of the huge deep-water systems containing sandstones reservoirs in the Campos basin (offshore Brazil). These sandstones established a major oil province with about 10 billion barrels of proven recoverable hydrocarbons. An integrated approach, including quantitative petrography, facies architecture, sequence stratigraphy, and tectonic-structural analysis indicates a complex evolution, rather than the previous scenario of gravitational salt tectonics and eustatic base level fluctuations that implies the lowstand paradigm for deep-water sandstones. The marine phase of deposition in the Campos Basin was far from a steady-state, passive margin model.

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