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Anatomy of a Paleozoic Basin: The Permian Basin, USA, Volume 1. Digital Download


Anatomy of a Paleozoic Basin: The Permian Basin, USA, Volume 1. Edited by Stephen C. Ruppel. 412 p., 221 figs., 2019. Copublished with AAPG as AAPG Memoir 118. For Volume 2, please order RI0285-2D. Digital Version.

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RI0285-1. Anatomy of a Paleozoic Basin: The Permian Basin, USA, Volume 1. Edited by Stephen C. Ruppel. 412  p., 221 figs., 2019. ISBN: 978-1-970007-40-4. Copublished with AAPG as AAPG Memoir 118. Downloadable PDF.

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About This Publication
This is Volume 1 of a two-volume set. The set is the first comprehensive analysis of the Permian Basin in more than 60 years. Collectively, these chapters provide a spectrum of data and interpretations that characterize one of the largest hydrocarbon-producing super basins in the world.

This publication will interest all who seek information on the distribution of hydrocarbons in the basin, as well as those wanting to better understand the evolution of the basin during the Phanerozoic.

basins, hydrocarbon reservoirs, mudrocks, New Mexico, Paleozoic, Permian Basin, radiogenic isotopes, sandstone systems, stable isotopes, super basin, Texas, West Texas


About the Editor

In Memoriam - Rodger E. "Tim" Denison

In Memoriam - Bruce Richardson Wardlaw

Chapter 1
Introduction, Overview, and Evolution, by S. C. Ruppel

Section 1: Structure, Tectonics, and Precambrian

Chapter 2  
Constraints on Structural and Tectonic Interpretations of the Permian Basin based on Gravity and Magnetic Data, by G. R. Keller

Chapter 3  
Proterozoic Foundations of the Permian Basin, West Texas and Southeastern New Mexico ­— A Review, by T. E. Ewing, M. A. Barnes, and R. E. Denison

Chapter 4  
Tectonics of the West Texas (Permian) Basin—Origins, Structural Geology, Subsidence, and Later Modification, by T. E. Ewing

Chapter 5
Post-Permian History of the Greater Permian Basin Area, by Alton Brown


Section 2: Paleontology and Biostratigraphy

Chapter 6  
Silurian–Devonian Conodont Biostratigraphy in the Southern Midcontinent Region of North America, by J. E. Barrick and B. D. Meyer

Chapter 7
Pennsylvanian and Lower Permian Fusulinid Biostratigraphy of the Permian Basin Region, Southwestern USA, by G. P. Wahlman

Chapter 8  
Conodont Biostratigraphy of Lower Permian (Wolfcampian–Leonardian) Stratotype Sections of the Glass and Del Norte Mountains, West Texas, USA, by B. R. Wardlaw and M. K. Nestell

Chapter 9
Integrated Fusulinid, Conodont, and Radiolarian Biostratigraphy of the Guadalupian (Middle Permian) in the Permian Basin Region, USA, by M. K. Nestell, G. P. Nestell, and B. R. Wardlaw

Section 3: Paleozoic Stratigraphy and Sedimentology I

Chapter 10
Geologic Review of the Lower Ordovician Ellenburger Group of the Permian Basin, West Texas and Southeast New Mexico, by R. G. Loucks and Charles Kerans

Chapter 11
The Middle–Upper Ordovician Simpson Group of the Permian Basin: Stratigraphy, Llithofacies, and Reservoir Development, by R. R. Harrington

Chapter 12
Patterns of Montoya Group (Middle Ordovician) Deposition, Diagenesis, and Reservoir Development in the Permian Basin, by R. R. Harrington and S.C. Ruppel

Chapter 13
The Fusselman of the Permian Basin: Patterns in Depositional and Diagenetic Facies Development on a Stable Platform during the Late Ordovician–Early Silurian Icehouse, by S. C. Ruppel

Ruppel, S. C., ed., 2019, Anatomy of a Paleozoic Basin: The Permian Basin, USA (vol. 1): The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology Report of Investigations No. 285; AAPG Memoir 118, 399 p., doi:

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