The West Greenland Rifted Margin Composite Tectono-Sedimentary Element

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The West Greenland Rifted Margin Composite Tectono-Sedimentary Element is composed of two distinct sedimentary accumulations: (1) pre-rift (pre-Cretaceous) and (2) syn-rift (Early Cretaceous-Danian), which represent individual tectono-sedimentary elements. The pre-rift tectono-sedimentary element includes the oldest sedimentary basins poorly known offshore, which mainly evolved in a cratonic platform setting and with initial rifting. In contrast, Cretaceous to lower Paleocene sedimentary basins of the syn-rift tectono-sedimentary element are known from several wells, outcrops and sea-bed samples, and basins are mapped in most parts of the margin. This element is the most prospective part of the margin, where hydrocarbon shows occur in some wells and seeps are known from outcrops in central West Greenland.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSedimentary successions of the Arctic region and their hydrocarbon prospectivity
EditorsS.S. Drachev, H. Brekke, E. Henriksen, T. Moore
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherGeological Society of London
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 Nov 2021

Publication series

SeriesGeological Society, London, Memoirs


  • West Greenland
  • Tectonostratigraphy

Programme Area

  • Programme Area 3: Energy Resources


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