NEW MEXICO ELEVATOR BASINS-1: Petroleum systems studied in southern ancestral Rocky Mountains

01/08/2001
The Tucumcari, Estancia, Carrizozo, and Vaughn basins are in northeast and central New Mexico. These basins began to form during the Atokan (Early Pennsylvanian) and saw continued tectonic development through the Wolfcampian (Early Permian). They are tectonic elements of the southern ancestral Rocky Mountains and were formed along the flanks of the late Paleozoic Sierra Grande and Pedernal uplifts in a strike-slip setting. During the late Paleozoic, Precambrian cores of these uplifts were exposed and were the source of sediments deposited in adjoining basins. Along the boundaries of adjoining uplifts, however, these basins have component elevator basins.Elevator basins are long, narrow, a...
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