The North Sea Basin: Middle and Late Paleocene (Selandian and Thanetian)
2016. "The North Sea Basin: Middle and Late Paleocene (Selandian and Thanetian)", A revised correlation of Tertiary rocks in the British Isles and adjacent areas of NW Europe, C. King, A. S. Gale, T. L. Barry
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The Danian-Selandian boundary is well defined throughout the North Sea Basin, as discussed in Chapter 8, although there is some ambiguity in the dating of some marginal non-marine units close to the boundary. The Selandian-Thanetian boundary has been directly identified by magnetostratigraphy only in East Anglia (southern England). The Thanetian-Ypresian (Paleocene-Eocene) boundary is well defined by the isotopic and biotic response to the PETM (Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum). In the centre of the Basin and adjacent areas, it is apparently conformable. However, in more proximal settings, including all onshore areas, there is a hiatus or disconformity at this level (Fig. 51).
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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.