Journal of Earth System Science

, Volume 115, Issue 1, pp 3–22 | Cite as

Proterozoic intracontinental basin: The Vindhyan example

  • Chandan Chakraborty


The features of the Vindhyan succession clearly indicate a vast intracratonic basin that remained within tens of meters of sea level throughout its lifetime. Apparently, shallow water condition was maintained over a large area for a long period of time suggesting that the sub-Vindhyan lithosphere suffered subsidence over a larger area producing a wide shallow ramp type basin. Hundreds of meters thick accumulation of peritidal strata in sequence 5 of the Vindhyan succession indicates that the subsidence rate was in perfect concert with the rate of sediment supply for a considerably long period of time during the end phase of Vindhyan basin evolution — the hallmark of cratonic basins Sloss (1988a, b). It is inferred that during the terminal period of the Vindhyan sedimentation a self-regulating system of uplift, erosion, sedimentation and subsidence controlled the accumulation of strata.


Intracratonic basin Proterozoic depositional environments sedimentation sequence stratigraphy 


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  • Chandan Chakraborty
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  1. 1.Geological Studies UnitIndian Statistical InstituteKolkataIndia

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