The stratigraphy and the geological evolution of the West Greenland margin from the Labrador Sea to Baffin Bay in both the onshore and offshore areas are described. The primary data sets include seismic reflection surveys, wells, and outcrops. In addition, seabed samples, seismic refraction and magnetic data, onshore and offshore maps, and stratigraphic compilations were used. The basins of the West Greenland continental margin are described in three regions from the south to the north: southern West Greenland basins, central West Greenland basins, and northern West Greenland basins. Each region includes a description of the stratigraphy and evolution from the Archean to the Quaternary, divided into six phases: pre-rift and early extension, early rift, subsidence and rifting, late rift, drift, and post-drift. Finally, the regions are correlated and described in a tectonostratigraphic context together with analogues from the Canadian conjugate margin.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeological synthesis of Baffin Island (Nunavut) and the Labrador–Baffin Seaway
EditorsL.T. Dafoe, N. Bingham-Koslowski
PublisherGeological Survey of Canada
Number of pages63
ISBN (Electronic)2560-7219
ISBN (Print)978-0-660-30386-4
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2022

Publication series

SeriesGeological Survey of Canada, Bulletin


  • West Greenland
  • Tectonostratigraphy
  • Labrador-Baffin Seaway
  • Continental margin
  • seismic stratigraphy

Programme Area

  • Programme Area 3: Energy Resources


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