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Geology and Hydrocarbon Potential of Neoproterozoic-Cambrian Basins in Asia

Product Code: SP366
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by G.M. Bhat, J. Craig, J.W. Thurow, B. Thusu & A. Cozzi
Publication Date: 14 November 2012
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This volume provides a comprehensive overview of the geology and hydrocarbon potential of the major Neoproterozoic–Cambrian basins of Asia from Oman, across the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent, to China and SE Siberia, along with new research on the region.

Many of these areas (e.g., Oman, Bikaner–Nagaur Basin in India, South China and SE Siberia) host prolific Neoproterozoic–Cambrian petroleum systems with giant to supergiant fields. Three key elements: (1) tectonic stability, (2) relatively late phase of hydrocarbon generation and (3) presence of an effective evaporite seal, seem to be critical for the development of effective Neoproterozoic–Cambrian petroleum systems. These key elements appear of less consequence for the development of ‘unconventional’ hydrocarbons, and the future prospectivity in many of these basins may lie in the exploration for, and production of, shale gas and shale oil directly from the thermally mature, organic-rich source rocks.

This volume follows on from the successful Geological Society SP326 on African basins and documents hydrocarbon exploration potential of basins in Asia that until now were poorly understood and documented. 


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Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-346-2
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 304
Weight: 0.87 kg



BHAT, G. M., CRAIG, J., HAFIZ, M., HAKHOO, N., THUROW, J. W., THUSU, B. & COZZI, A. Geology and hydrocarbon potential of Neoproterozoic–Cambrian Basins in Asia: an introduction

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MISHRA, P. &MUKHOPADHYAY, D. K. Structural evolution of the frontal fold–thrust belt, NW Himalayas from sequential restoration of balanced cross-sections and its hydrocarbon potential

SMITH, A. G. A review of the Ediacaran to Early Cambrian (‘Infra-Cambrian’) evaporites and associated sediments of the Middle East

BUTTERFIELD, N. J. & GROTZINGER, J. P. Palynology of the Huqf Supergroup, Oman

TEWARI, V. C. Neoproterozoic Blaini glacial diamictite and Ediacaran Krol carbonate sedimentation in the Lesser Himalaya, India

SHARMA, M. & SHUKLA, Y. Megascopic carbonaceous compression fossils from the Neoproterozoic Bhima Basin, Karnataka, South India



Review by Pete Webb

Published in Geoscientist Vol 22, November 2013

The book is profusely illustrated, though some of the figures suffer from a reduction in size to the point that pieces of text and numbers in particular are illegible. There is a very comprehensive index.

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