The Western Approaches Basin and Celtic Sea marine basins
2016. "The Western Approaches Basin and Celtic Sea marine basins", 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 (Late Cretaceous-Tertiary) Western Approaches Basin trends ENE-WSW, extending 400 km from the western English Channel to the North Atlantic continental slope. It overlies the Western Approaches Trough, a Permian-mid-Cretaceous rifted basin, inverted in the mid-Cretaceous. It is bounded to the north and south by Variscan basement massifs; the Cornubian Massif to the north and the Armorican Massif to the south (Figs 42 & 167). It is entirely subsea, except for small outliers in Cornwall and on the Cotentin peninsula (see below). It lies partly in the UK offshore sector and partly in the French sector
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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.