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Development of the Lower Cambrian–Middle Ordovician Carbonate Platform: North Atlantic Region

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Svend Stouge
Svend Stouge
Geological Museum, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
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David A. T. Harper
David A. T. Harper
Geological Museum, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
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William D. Boyce
William D. Boyce
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Natural Resources, Geological Survey, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
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Ian Knight
Ian Knight
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Natural Resources, Geological Survey, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
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Jørgen L. Christiansen
Jørgen L. Christiansen
Holbaek College of Education, Holbæk, Denmark
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Published:
January 01, 2012

Abstract

The northeastern margin of Laurentia formed an important part of the Iapetus Ocean and includes the development of the Franklinian Basin in North Greenland and Arctic Canada. The uninterrupted continental margin bordering the North American craton is represented by well-exposed successions in Northeast and eastern North Greenland, together with Svalbard and Bjørnøya. Physiographically, the northeastern margin of Laurentia during the early Paleozoic history of Greenland was a northward extension of the passive rifted continental margin of the Caledonian continental edge of Laurentia. It was a transform-rifted margin and represents the part of the Laurentian margin that borders the Arctic part of the North Atlantic Ocean. Geologically, the northwestern segment of the continental margin has a somewhat different setting and development from farther south in the Northeast Greenland–Svalbard segment but both regions overlie a thick and extensive package of Neoproterozoic rocks and were affected by the Caledonian orogeny.

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Memoir

Great American Carbonate Bank: The Geology and Economic Resources of the Cambrian—Ordovician Sauk Megasequence of Laurentia

James Derby
James Derby
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Richard Fritz
Richard Fritz
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Susan Longacre
Susan Longacre
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William Morgan
William Morgan
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Charles Sternbach
Charles Sternbach
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American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Volume
98
ISBN electronic:
9781629810201
Publication date:
January 01, 2012

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