Tectonic and stratigraphic evolution of the Punta del Este and Pelotas basins (offshore Uruguay)
E. Morales, H.K. Chang, M. Soto, F. Santos Correa, G. Veroslavsky, H. de Santa Ana, B. Conti and G. Daners
Journal name: Petroleum Geoscience
Issue: Vol 23, No 4, November 2017 pp. 415 - 426
Organisations: Geological Society of London
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Regional seismic reflection profiles and well data from the Uruguayan margin were integrated in order to analyse and illustrate its tectonic and stratigraphic evolution. The evolution of the Punta del Este and Pelotas basins is divided into four major phases: pre-rift (Palaeozoic); rift (Jurassic–Early Cretaceous); transition (Barremian–Aptian) and post-rift (Aptian– Present). Each of these phases is characterized by a specific structural configuration and a stratigraphic architecture related to basin type, tectonic elements, sediment supply and base-level changes. During the geological evolution of the Uruguayan continental margin, a NE migration of depocentres occurred. The Cretaceous depocentre is located in the Punta del Este Basin, while the Cenozoic depocentre is located in the Pelotas Basin.