The Palaeocene-Eocene record of far-field effects of the India-Asia collision and foreland uplift
Yani Najman Steve Goodlad Premanand Mishra
Cairn India Limited / Lancaster University
B.Sc (Hons.) — Geology and Physical Geography Ph.D in Structural Geology — Keele University
Email: Michael.Kelly@cairnindia.com Tel: +91 (0) 1244593654
The timing of the Indian plate collision within the Asian plate to create the Himalayas is broadly considered to be dated at ca 55-50 Ma. However, influence of this collision on the development of basins in the foreland, on the Indian carton to the south, is not well understood; for example the nature and extent of the initial Himalayan fore-bulge is poorly defined, and the basins potentially associated with reactivation of basement highs incompletely known. This project will seek to determine the evolution of the key parts of the foreland region where outcrop and subsurface geophysical and geological data are available, and define sediment fill provenance. The Barmer Basin, Rajasthan, is one such basin that is a major oil producing region, with hydrocarbon generation and migration potentially influenced by Himalayan tectonic events. Yet the controls on the evolution of this and related basins are largely unknown; a rift-related setting but with regional tilting and reactivation of basement highs on the Indian craton potentially due to the India-Asia collision.