NEW MEXICO ELEVATOR BASINS-2 - Petroleum systems described in Estancia, Carrizozo, Vaughn basins

This is the second part of a three part article on late Paleozoic elevator basins of the southern ancestral Rocky Mountains. Click here to enlarge imageThe Estancia basin of central New Mexico (Fig. 1) is an asymmetric, north-south trending structural depression.11The present-day basin covers 1,500 sq miles. It is bordered on the east by the late Paleozoic Pedernal uplift, on the west by the Tertiary-age Los Pinos, Manzano, and Sandia Mountains, on the north by the Espanola basin, and on the south by Chupadera Mesa. The Rio Grande rift lies west of the Los Pinos, Manzano, and Sandia Mountains.The eastern flank of the basin is formed by late Paleozoic tectonic elements and the western fla...

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