Burial depth and post-Early Cretaceous uplift of Lower-Middle Jurassic strata in the Fennoscandian Border Zone based on organic maturity

Henrik I. Petersen, Lars H. Nielsen, Torben Bidstrup, Erik Thomsen

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Abstract

The burial depth and the magnitude of Late Cretaceous - Early Cenozoic and Neogene-Pleistocene uplift of Lower-Middle Jurassic strata in the Fennoscandian Border Zone are estimated from measurements of huminite reflectance and comparison with a regional coalification gradient. The regional coalification curve is constructed by plotting uplift-corrected sample depths against more than 300 huminite/vitrinite reflectance values from Upper Triassic - Lower Cretaceous deposits in the Danish Basin and the Fennoscandian Border Zone. The present sample depths are corrected for Late Cretaceous inversion in the Sorgenfrei-Tornquist Zone and for Neogene-Pleistocene regional uplift. A coalification curve is erected; it cuts the abscissa at 0.2 %R o corresponding to the reflectance of peat. This curve is considered to approximate to a reliable coalification profile over much of the Study area. The Jurassic coals from the Fennoscandian Border Zone are of low rank and, based on the regional coalification curve, they have been buried to c. 625-2450 m. In the eastern part of the Rønne Graben, in the Kolobrzeg Graben and in the Arnager-Sose Fault Block, the Jurassic strata were subsequently uplifted c. 290-1400 m, corresponding to the amount of Late Cretaceous - Early Cenozoic inversion observed on seismic sections. Thus, it appears that Neogene-Pleistocene uplift did not influence the Bornholm area significantly. The data from the Höganäs Basin and Fyledal indicate a total uplift of c. 1450-2450 m, corresponding to estimates from the inversion zone in the Kattegat. The data from Anholt, on the eastern margin of the inversion zone, indicate c. 975 m of uplift.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)611-630
Number of pages20
JournalGeological Survey of Denmark and Greenland Bulletin
Volume1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2003

Keywords

  • Burial depth
  • Coalification curve
  • Danish Basin
  • Fennoscandian Border Zone
  • Late Cretaceous - Early Tertiary inversion
  • Lower-Middle Jurassic
  • Neogene-Pleistocene uplift
  • Organic maturity

Programme Area

  • Programme Area 3: Energy Resources
  • Programme Area 5: Nature and Climate

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