Abstract: Prospective Hydrocarbon Provinces of the World
Anny B. Coury, Thomas A. Hendricks, Theodore F. Tyler
A world map of sedimentary provinces that are prospective sources for petroleum or natural gas has been compiled showing basins and structural elements and locations of giant oil and gas fields. A sinusoidal equal-area map at the scale of 1:20,000,000 is used as a base. This map projection divides the world into three parts, shown on separate sheets: North and South America, Europe and Africa, and Asia and Australia. The 200- and 2,500-m isobaths are drawn along continental margins.
Detail-inset maps of the Arctic, Alaska, and North Sea regions are included. The Arctic map inset is on a Lambert azimuthal polar equal-area projection.
Province boundaries have been determined from publicly available sources of information and from written and oral communication with geologists and geophysicists from both the petroleum industry and the U.S. Geological Survey. Generally, a minimum unmetamorphosed sediment thickness of 1 km was used to delineate the margin of a prospective province where it is not defined by a structural feature. More than 400 published references were used in the compilation of the world map; these references are listed in a bibliography which is published separately as U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 76-736 by Coury and Hendricks.
AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90968©1977 AAPG-SEPM Annual Convention and Exhibition, Washington, DC