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Introduction to the thematic set: Tectonics and petroleum systems of East AfricaNormal access

Authors: D. Macgregor, J. Argent and P. Sansom
Issue: Vol 24, No 1, February 2018 pp. 3 - 7
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1144/petgeo2017-105
Special Topic: Tectonics and petroleum systems of East Africa
Language: English
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This paper provides an overview of a series of papers to be published within two issues of Petroleum Geoscience in 2018 expressing the theme ‘tectonics and petroleum systems of East Africa’. These papers partly result from the Geological Society of London’s Petroleum Group conference in April 2016 on ‘East Africa; From Research to Reserves’. The theme of this conference highlighted the advances that have been made since a previous East Africa conference as a result of the recent major exploration efforts. This issue (February 2018) concentrates on the regional tectonics and include overviews of our current understanding of Permian to Mesozoic rifting (Macgregor), Tertiary rifting (Purcell), the plate tectonic model (Reeves), and of the development of the East African margin (Davison & Steel). The August 2018 issue is planned to include more basin and regional specific papers on the Kenyan rift system, offshore Somalia, offshore Tanzania and offshore Mozambique.

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