The North Sea Basin: Early Paleocene (Danian)
The lower and upper boundaries of this interval correspond to the boundaries of the Danian. The basal surface is everywhere well defined, and through much of the basin is apparently conformable (at the level of biostratigraphic resolution) or a minor disconformity, except in areas subject to halotectonics. High-resolution biostratigraphic data at this level is, however, very limited. In Denmark, where high-resolution biostratigraphy is available, both conformable and disconformable contacts have been identified. Towards the basin margins, and over some structural features, the basal contact develops into a major unconformity in some areas. The boundary is sharply defined biostratigraphically, marked by the major biotic turnover at the Cretaceous-Tertiary (K-T) boundary.
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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.