The North Sea Basin: Eocene
The Paleocene-Eocene boundary is well defined in many areas of the North Sea Basin, often corresponding to (or close to) a signi?cant lithostratigraphic boundary. In the North Sea, this boundary is within the Sele Formation (in UK usage) and the Dornoch Formation. The entire Dornoch Formation is included in this chapter for convenience (Fig. 71). In onshore areas of the southern North Sea Basin (including the Paris Basin), the lower limit for the purpose of this chapter is at the base of the Tienen Formation (Belgium) and the Mont Bernon Group (Paris Basin). This is a close approximation to the Paleocene-Eocene 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.