The Paris Basin, France

  • Zeev Berger


The Paris Basin is a large intracratonic sag that was formed and filled with sediments during Triassic and Jurassic erustal extensional events that are related, in most parts, to the initial separation of the African and North American continents and the creation of the North Atlantic Ocean (Ziegler 1982; Pages 1987; Figs. 13.1 and 13.2). The basin exhibits structural styles that are common to many other intracratonic sags, meaning that the dominant structures are low-amplitude folds, domes, monoclinal flexures and other basement warp features (Harding and Lowell 1979; Figs. 13.3–13.14).


Satellite Imagery Seismic Line Jura Mountain Structural Style Paris Basin 
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References and Further Reading

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  9. Pages L (1987) Exploration of the Paris Basin. In: Brooks J and Glennie K (eds) Petroleum geology of northwest Europe: Graham and Trotman, London, pp 87–93Google Scholar
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  11. Ziegler PA (1982) Geological atlas of western and central Europe. Elsevier, AmsterdamGoogle Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Zeev Berger
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  1. 1.Berger Enterprises Ltd.CalgaryCanada

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