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The Hampshire Basin was first characterized by Prestwich (1847a, b) as a tectonic/depositional feature (as the ‘Isle of Wight Basin ’). It is an east-west-orientated, broadly synclinal but asymmetrical structure, within which are smaller similarly orientated folds, preserving up to 800 m of Paleogene strata. It extends from southern England into the eastern English Channel (Figs 42, 135 & 136). It is limited in the south by the steep, en echelon monoclinal Purbeck 2 Isle of Wight folds. Upper Paleocene-lowest Oligocene strata are represented. Upper Eocene and Early Oligocene strata are preserved only in the northern half of the...

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