High-resolution sequence divisions and stratigraphic models of the Amu Darya right bank

  • Chongyang Wu
  • Bingsong YuEmail author
  • Hongjun Wang
  • Chuanjie Cheng
  • Zhuang Ruan
  • Tongcui Guo
  • Liangjie Zhang
  • Muwei Cheng
Original Paper


The Amu Darya Basin in Turkmenistan is a large petroliferous sedimentary basin. We analyzed the Callovian-Oxfordian succession of the Amu Darya right bank area based on Vail’s classic sequence stratigraphy and drill core, logging, seismic, thin-section petrographic, and geochemical data. We found that the Callovian-Oxfordian sequence can be divided into five third-order sequences (SQ1–SQ5) and 15 fourth-order sequences (sq1–sq15). A stratigraphic framework for the study area was newly established, based on these high-resolution sequence divisions. Two types of carbonate platform models were developed: (i) Callovian, in which the region was likely a ramp platform with a gradual slope to the east. It is mainly developedouter ramp and mid-ramp facies deposition which consists of micritic limestones, shoal grainstones, and reef limestones; (ii) Oxfordian, during which the region likely evolved into a rimmed platform with highly disparate sedimentation rates (low in the east) that were sensitive to sea level change, and a starkly different sedimentary landform that was high in the west and low in the east.


Amu Darya Right Bank Callovian-Oxfordian Sequence stratigraphic framework Carbonate platform 



The anonymous reviewers are acknowledged for their critical reviews, which led to much improvement of this work. I sincerely appreciate the 3 anonymous reviewers for their hard work on the manuscript trying to improve the English.

Funding Information

This study was supported by the National Science and Technology Major Project of China (Nos. 2016ZX05029005, 2017ZX05030-003).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chongyang Wu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bingsong Yu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Hongjun Wang
    • 2
  • Chuanjie Cheng
    • 1
  • Zhuang Ruan
    • 1
  • Tongcui Guo
    • 2
  • Liangjie Zhang
    • 2
  • Muwei Cheng
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Earth Science and ResourcesChina University of GeoscienceBeijingChina
  2. 2.PetroChina Research Institute of Exploration and Development, CNPCBeijingChina

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