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The North Sea Basin and adjacent areas: general aspects

January 01, 2016


The North Sea Basin (or NW European Tertiary Basin) is by far the largest Tertiary basin in NW Europe. The main depocentres (apart from localized halokinetic subsidence features) are in the central and northern North Sea. The Tertiary North Sea Basin lies between the Variscan and Caledonian massifs of the Pennines, the Scottish Highlands, Fennoscandia and the Rhenish-Bohemian Massif. It is centred on a series of Mesozoic rifts running through the North Sea, which are the sites of the greatest water depths and the highest rates of sedimentation (Figs 9 & 19). Most of this area is characterized by marine sediments, probably with relatively narrow peripheral areas of marginal-marine and non-marine sediments: these have now largely been eroded by basin margin uplift, except around the southern and SE margins of the Basin.

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Geological Society, London, Special Reports

A revised correlation of Tertiary rocks in the British Isles and adjacent areas of NW Europe

C. King
C. King
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A. S. Gale
A. S. Gale
School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Portsmouth, Burnaby Building, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 3QL, UK
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T. L. Barry
T. L. Barry
Department of Geology, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK
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January 01, 2016




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