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Basin Structure Group

Petroleum Leeds

Our Research

The Basin Structure Group consists of Faculty, Post Doctoral Research Fellows and PhD Research Students. We are using examples from basins spanning the globe to address fundamental questions on sedimentary basin evolution.

We have a range of ongoing research in both onshore and offshore areas of Europe, Africa, Australasia. Some of our key areas of interest are outlined below. Our sponsors have access to all of our research outputs via a fully searchable database. 

If you already sponsor us, the button below will take you to our interactive search tool.

Our Research

All of our research has both regional and generic implications across the globe. The broad 'Research Themes' that we are investigating are:

  • Rift Systems
  • Passive Margins
  • Salt Tectonics
  • Inversions Tectonics
  • Compressional Systems

In addition, we have also arranged our research results into 'Regional Projects' to make it easier for you if you have a specific area that you want to focus on. You'll find these at the end of the Research search results. Some of our current regional projects include:

  • Borneo
  • Mediterranean
  • Southern Africa
  • Southern Atlantic
  • West Greenland



Current Research Themes:  

Rift Systems:

Evolution of a young rift

  • Influence of pre-existing structure on rift basin evolution
  • Normal fault growth and basin fill evolution
  • Interaction of rifting and volcanics

Passive Margins:

Post-rift evolution

  • Evolution of rift to passive margins
  • Integrated structural / sequence stratigraphic analysis of passive margins
  • Post-rift margin deformation
  • Implications of margin evolution on structure, sedimentology, hydrocarbon potential of continental margins


Compressional Systems:

Structural controls on fold-thrust belts

  • Structural controls on fold-belt systems evolution
  • Interplay of structures and sedimentology in fold-belts
  • Integrated approach using field and sub-surface data