Reservoir Type and Spatial Distribution

  • Yongsheng MaEmail author


Paleozoic marine basins developed on stable continental masses in China (Ren et al. in Acta Geol Sichuan 30(1):31–34, 2006). Based on the statistics, there are more than 20 stable continental masses in China and are characterized by a small area. The largest continental mass is the North China Craton with an area of ~170 × 104 km2. The total area of the stable continental masses is ~455 × 104 km2. Compared with the huge cratons in North America and Russia, the area of the North China Craton is 1/12 of that of the North America Craton and 1/5 of that of the Russian Craton. Compared with North America and other huge cratons with stable basements and near-horizontal strata, small cratons such as North China, Yangtze, and Tarim are characterized by basement activation (poor stability), severe deformation of the deposition sequence, high tectonic activity, and multiple cycles and strong differences in time and space, respectively.


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