Abstract

Single-channel seismic reflection profiles obtained across the Avalon Platform, offshore Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland, have been studied for seismic reflections and interpreted in conjunction with lithologic and biostratigraphic data. Formline structural mapping revealed a 4000 m thick Ordovician–Silurian marine shale sequence that is gently folded about north-northwest–south-southeast axes and is unconformably overlain by a synclinal outlier of Devonian(?) redbeds approximately 700 m thick.The Avalon Platform on the Grand Banks may represent a mildly deformed Acadian terrane, which is contiguous with onshore Avalonian sequences, or it may be part of a foreland zone adjacent to an overthrust belt, or both.

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