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Stratigraphic and structural evolution of the western Malvinas and southeastern Magallanes basins, Argentina

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Title: Stratigraphic and structural evolution of the western Malvinas and southeastern Magallanes basins, Argentina
Author: Galeazzi, Jose Sebastian
Advisor: Vail, Peter R.
Degree: Master of Arts thesis
Abstract: The area evolved from a Jurassic rifting stage to a Cretaceous sag and a Tertiary foredeep stage. The sedimentary record is subdivided into four tectonostratigraphic units: Jurassic rift deposits, late-Jurassic-Cretaceous sag deposits, latest Cretaceous-Eocene foredeep-transition deposits, and late Eocene-Pliocene foredeep deposits. The rifts are filled with continental volcanics and pyroclastics. The sag deposits form a backstepping marine wedge, which contains the Springhill Formation (main reservoir) and is covered by a muddy and marly aggradational interval deposited in neritic waters of an epeiric sea (main petroleum source and seal). The latest Cretaceous to Eocene is a forestepping-backstepping wedge of glauconitic sandstones and claystones and carbonate buildups of shallow marine origin. The foredeep deepens during the late-Eocene to Oligocene. It is infilled during the Oligocene-late Miocene by a forestepping wedge that prograded from the west and southwest. The age of the foredeep suggests that the southern Andean Orocline formed during the Paleocene-late Eocene interval.
Citation: Galeazzi, Jose Sebastian. (1994) "Stratigraphic and structural evolution of the western Malvinas and southeastern Magallanes basins, Argentina." Masters Thesis, Rice University. http://hdl.handle.net/1911/13833.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1911/13833
Date: 1994

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