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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 67 (1983)

Issue: 12. (December)

First Page: 2175

Last Page: 2193

Title: Global Basin Classification System

Author(s): D. R. Kingston (2), C. P. Dishroon (2), P. A. Williams (4)


A proposed system classifies sedimentary basins, worldwide, into specific as well as general categories. The geologic history of each basin may be subdivided into cycles using three parameters: basin-forming tectonics, depositional sequences, and basin-modifying tectonics. Sedimentary basins may be simple, with one or two tectonic/sedimentary cycles, or they may be complex polyhistory basins with many different cycles and events. There are eight simple cycle types in this classification, which cover continental, continental-margin, and oceanic areas. The eight basic cycle types, their depositional fills, and tectonic modifiers have been given letter and number symbols so that the specific geologic history of each basin may be written as a formula. These formulas may then e compared and similarities or differences between basins noted.

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