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1
Basins in their plate tectonic environment
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The physical state of the lithosphere
pdf (3.8 Mb)

Crust and lithosphere dynamics: an overview (by Watts, A.B. 2007 Treatise of Geophysics - Elsevier)

What is the lithosphere

Lithosphere under stress

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Basins due to lithospheric stretching

pdf (6.4 Mb part 1)

pdf (4.5 Mb part 2)

Gawthorpe, R.L. & Leeder, M.R. (2000) Tectono-sedimentary evolution of active extensional basins. Basin Research 12, 195-218.

Extensional processes in continental lithosphere (11Mb)

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Basins due to flexure
pdf (5.4 Mb)
Peripheral and retroarc foreland basin
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Basins associated with subduction zones
pdf (5.4 Mb)
 
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Basins associated with strike-slip deformation
pdf (7.3 Mb)
 
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The sediment routing system
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Basin stratigraphy
pdf (5.4 Mb)
 
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Subsidence and thermal history
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The petroleum play
pdf
 

Web Resources

General

Understanding Plate Motion: USGS

Geophysical Processes in Sedimentary Basin Formation: A. B. Watts at Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford

Advanced Structural Geology: W. F. Waldron at University of Alberta

3. Basins due to lithospheric stretching

From Rifting to Passive Margin: G. Stampfli at Institute of Geology and Paleontology, University of Lausanne

Quantitative Filling Model for Continental Extensional Basins: R. W. Schlische at Dept. of Geological Sciences, Rutgers University

Rift Basin Architecture and Evolution: R. W. Schlische & M. O. Withjack at Dept. of Geological Sciences, Rutgers University

3-D Diagram of a Rift Basin: R. W. Schlische at Dept. of Geological Sciences, Rutgers University

Basin and Range province: The rise and fall of Death Valley's mountain ranges and valleys

4. Basins due to flexure

Gravity, Flexure and Basins: A. B. Watts at Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford

Anatomy of a Mountain Belt: S. Lamb, C. MacNiocaill, A. B. Watts at Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford

Foreland Thrust-and-Fold Belts: W. F. Waldron at University of Alberta

Alpine Foreland Basin in Southeastern France

Ebro Foreland Basin, Spain

Devonian Clastic Wedges of the Acadian Orogeny, N. America

Virtual field trip to the Apulia foreland basin

6. Basins associated with strike-slip deformation

Strike-slip faults

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