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The Geology of the Basins of the Argentine Continental Margin and Malvinas Plateau

  • C. M. Urien
  • J. J. Zambrano

Abstract

The Argentine continental margin, which ranks among the most extensive in the world, has been the scene of intensive geologic and geophysical exploration during the last 15 years. The work was carried out by the Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University, in collaboration with the Hydrographical Service of the Argentine Navy. This has led to very important contributions to our knowledge of the region (Ewing et al., 1963, 1971; Ludwig et al., 1965, 1968; Lonardi and Ewing, 1971), for through these studies the existence of several sedimentary basins has been found, some of which extend into the continental margin. During the last few years, thanks to this pioneering work, the Argentine government has offered several sectors of this region for petroleum exploration, which in turn has contributed to an increased knowledge of the offshore basins, through further seismic work and the drilling of exploration wells. Detailed sedimentary and palaeontologic studies have been carried out on material from these wells.

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Continental Shelf Continental Margin Oceanic Crust Seismic Velocity Seismic Refraction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. M. Urien
    • 1
  • J. J. Zambrano
    • 2
  1. 1.Cabot Petroleum (Argentina), Inc.Buenos AiresArgentina
  2. 2.Direccion Nacional de HidrocarburosSecretariat of EnergyBuenos AiresArgentina

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