Great South basin, New Zealand, might hold considerable potential

Click here to enlarge imageNew Zealand`s underexplored Great South basin covers an area of about 100,000 sq km off the southeast coast of the South Island (Fig. 1). Much of the basin lies beyond the modern continental shelf area in 100-1,250 m of water (average about 700 m). Port facilities are at Bluff near the small city of Invercargill, about 150 km from the basin center.The Great South basin is a complex intracontinental rift formed during the mid-Cretaceous, with several distinct sub-basins containing up to 8.6 km of sedimentary fill. The extent of the basin can be defined by the 2,000 m total sediment thickness isopach (Fig. 1). Exploration history Click here to enlarge imageHunt...

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