Tertiary sediments: distribution and structural setting
The distribution and structural setting of Tertiary sediments in the British Isles and adjacent areas of NW Europe largely re?ects tectonic elements (basins and highs) inherited from the major Mesozoic rifting accompanying the inception and opening of the North Atlantic, separating the North American and Eurasian plates. General aspects of Tertiary palaeogeography, basin development, tectonics and igneous activity, both in the British Isles and in wider NW European contexts, have been documented in many publications, including Ziegler (1990), Knox (2002), Evans et al. (2003), Stoker et al. (2005a, b, c), King (2006), Anell et al. (2009), Knox et al. (2010a, b), Ritchie et al. (2011), Brunstad et al. (2013) and Hitchen et al. (2013). Only a brief summary is given here based largely on these sources.
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This Special Report comprehensively describes the stratigraphy and correlation of the Tertiary (Paleogene-Neogene) rocks of NW Europe and the adjacent Atlantic Ocean and is the summation of fifty years of research on Tertiary sediments by Chris King. His book is essential reading for all geologists who deal with Tertiary rocks across NW Europe, including those in the petroleum industry and geotechnical services as well as academic stratigraphers and palaeontologists.
Introductory sections on chronostratigraphy, biostratigraphy and other methods of dating and correlation are followed by a regional summary of Tertiary sedimentary basins and their framework and an introduction to Tertiary igneous rocks. The third and largest segment comprises the regional stratigraphic summaries. Regions covered are the North Sea Basin, on shore areas of southern England and the eastern English Channel area, the North Atlantic margins (including non-marine basins in the Irish Sea and elsewhere) and the Paleogene igneous rocks of Scotland.