The Rockall Basin and adjacent areas
The Rockall Basin is a large NE-SW-trending basin, approximately 800 km in length, underlying the deep-water Rockall Trough (Figs 1, 170 & 171). (N.B. Rockall Trough, Rockall Plateau and other topographical terms have also been commonly applied to the corresponding structural features. In the Irish sector, these are now differentiated as Basins and Highs (Naylor et al. 1999), but this terminology is not always followed in the UK sector (see Stoker et al. 2001).)
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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.