Tectonic subsidence and sea-level changes: a reappraisal

  • S. Cloetingh
  • H. Kooi
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Major advances in quantitative basin analysis have been made during the past decade. Lithospheric processes are not only crucial as a cause of long-term subsidence but are also of fundamental importance as a cause for short-term deviations from long-term patterns of thermal subsidence. Regional and global tectonics contribute signficantly to the record of sea-level changes. Both rifting and compression can give rise to phases of rapid subsidence that were hitherto commonly attributed to renewed phases of crustal stretching. These findings allow a critical appraisal of some concepts in basin formation and basin evolution that are vital in modern analysis of tectonic subsidence and basin correlation.


Sequence Boundary Rift Basin Basin Formation Basin Subsidence Hydrocarbon Exploration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Cloetingh
    • 1
  • H. Kooi
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Earth SciencesVrije UniversiteitAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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