The Faroe Islands and adjacent areas
A thick and extensive sheet of Paleogene flood basalts (Faroe Volcanic Group (FVG)) dominates this area, extending over a wide area from the seawards-dipping reflectors (SDRs) at the oceanic margin to the Faroe-Shetland Basin (FSB) and the Wyville-Thomson Ridge, cropping out extensively at the sea-floor (Figs 171 & 176). In most areas, the pre-FVG (‘subbasalt’) section is almost unknown due to difficulties in seismic interpretation below the basalts and very limited penetration by wells. To the east and SE of the Faroe Islands, the upper surface of the FVG forms a relatively flat platform (Faroe Platform), dipping gently SE. To the south and SW of the Faroe Islands, however, it has been deformed by post-FVG tectonics into a series of basins and highs, with thick overlying Cenozoic sediments in some areas. These areas are summarized here, approximately from south to north (Figs 180 & 181).
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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.