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IGA Lecture, 27 October: Evolution and Resources of the Sedimentary Basins of Central Algeria by Dr Kara English (UCD)

27 October, 2021 @ 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM IST


The evolution of the sedimentary basins in Algeria began with the amalgamation of the Gondwana supercontinent. By the Upper Cambrian, the northern margin of Gondwana was open to the Proto Tethys, leading to the deposition of a vast clastic Cambro– dominated sequence from the Ordovician onwards. The Saharan platform was segmented into NStrending basins due to the Hercynian orogeny, and intervening uplifts. The resultant basins evolved variably, particularly with the development of an extensive Triassic saltbasin across much of the northeast sector. Large-scale uplift (1-3 km) of intracratonic highs in the central platform during the Eocene, including the Hoggar Massif, further changed the geometry of the northwestern African basins, due to extensive exhumation, erosion and tilting. Late Eocene exhumation had a major impact on the region ’ s hydrogeological regime and petroleum systems due to structural modification and fluid remigration. Algeria remains an important and fascinating region in terms of resources including Saharan aquifers, petroleum, and carbon storage.


Dr Kara English has a BSc from the University of Victoria (Canada) and a PhD in basin analysis from the University of Manchester (UK), where she focussed on the exhumation history of Algerian sedimentary basins. Kara started her career in the petroleum industry in Canada and has since worked on projects in over 40 countries throughout North, South, and Central America; Europe; Africa, and the middle East. She was also a technical lead for the government and industry initiative that redefined the stratigraphic framework of Ireland s offshore sedimentary basins and is a founding member of the Stratigraphic Commission of Offshore Ireland. Kara is currently Assistant Professor of Sedimentology at UCD and lead of the Sustainable GeoEnergy Research Group, which focusses on energy transition research and our energy future. On weekends she can mostly likely be found on the sideline of a football or hockey pitch.

When: Wednesday 27th October, 2021, 7pm

Where: TO REGISTER CLICK Online via Zoom HERE or send an email to info@geology.ie

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27 October, 2021
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM IST
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