The Faeroe-Shetland Margin

T.C.E. van Weering, A. Kuijpers, M.S. Stoker

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The present day general bathymetry of this part of the NE Atlantic margin was largely shaped following basin formation related to rifting associated with the onset of opening of the northeast Atlantic Ocean (Talwani and Eldholm 1972; Doré et al. 1999). Presumably subaerially extruded basalts of late Paleocene or early Eoeene age (Waagstein and Clausen 1995) extend over the entire Faeroe-Rock-all Plateau (Boldreel and Andersen 1995), associated with the formation of the Greenland-Iceland-Faeroe-Seotland Ridge. This ridge has formed a major barrier for deep water circulation since the late Oligocene/early Miocene, causing local erosion and formation of unconformities. The basalts form the seabed over extensive areas of the Faeroe shelf, the ENE-extending Fugloy Ridge, and the Munkagrunnur Ridge. Basalts also form aseries of banks to the SW of the Fareoe Shetland Channel, including the Wyville Thomsen Ridge which separates the Faeroe Shetland Channel from the Rockall Trough (Fig. 1).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean margin sediment dynamics. Side-scan sonar and seismic images
EditorsJürgen Mienert, Philip Weaver
Place of PublicationHeidelberg, Germany
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-55846-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-62689-0, 978-3-540-42393-5
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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  • Programme Area 3: Energy Resources


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