Stepwise basin evolution of the Middle Jurassic-Early Cretaceous rift phase in the Central Graben area of Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands

R.M.C.H. Verreussel, R. Bouroullec, D.K. Munsterman, K. Dybkjær, C.R. Geel, A.J.P. Houben, P.N. Johannessen, S.J. Derstholt-Boegehold

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    This paper presents the results of a cross-border study of the Middle Jurassic-Early Cretaceous rift phase in the Danish-German-Dutch Central Graben area. Based on long-distance correlations of palynologically interpreted wells, a stepwise basin evolution pattern was determined. Four phases are defined and described as tectonostratigraphic mega-sequences (TMS). The TMS are governed by changes in the tectonic regime. TMS-1 reflects the onset of rifting, triggered by regional east-west extension. Rift climax was reached during TMS-1, reflected by thick mudstone accumulations. TMS-2 reflects a change in the tectonic regime from east-west to NE-SWextension. NW-SE-trending normal faults became active during this phase, switching the depocentres from the graben axis into adjacent basins. TMS-3 displays divergent basin development. In the Dutch Central Graben area, it is characterized by a basal unconformity and widespread sandstone deposition, indicating continued salt and fault activity. Organic-rich mudstone deposition prevails in the Danish and German Central Graben area, indicating sediment starvation and water-mass stratification. With TMS-4 the rift phase ended, reflected by regionally uniform mudstone deposition. The basin evolution model presented here coherently places the lithostratigraphic units occurring in a stratigraphic framework and provides a valuable basis for hydrocarbon exploration activities in the region.

    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TitelMesozoic resource potential in the Southern Permian Basin
    RedaktørerB. Kilhams, P.A. Kukla, S. Mazur, T. McKie, H.F. Mijnfieff, K. van Ojik
    UdgivelsesstedLondon
    ForlagGeological Society of London
    Sider305-340
    Antal sider36
    ISBN (Trykt)978-1-78620-384-7
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 2018

    Publikationsserier

    NavnGeological Society Special Publications
    ForlagGeological Society of London
    Vol/bind469
    ISSN (Trykt)0305-8719

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    • Programområde 3: Energiressourcer

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