The Faroe–Shetland Basin and adjacent areas
The Faroe-Shetland Basin (FSB) is a narrow but deep-rifted structure, trending NE-SW, with its orientation controlled by Caledonian basement thrusts. It lies between the Precambrian and Paleozoic Caledonian basement of the West Shetland Platform (part of the Orkney-Shetland Platform) and the Faroe Platform. It corresponds approximately to the topographical deep-water Faroe-Shetland Channel. It is bounded to the SW by the Sula Sgeir High and the Wyville-Thomson Ridge. The western margin lies under the flood basalts of the Faroe Platform and is imperfectly delimited. The NE margin is formed by the Erlend Central Complex (forming the Erlend Platform) (Figs 171 & 176).
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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.
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