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The NE Atlantic Region: A Reappraisal of Crustal Structure, Tectonostratigraphy and Magmatic Evolution

Product Code: SP447
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by G. Péron-Pinvidic, J.R. Hopper, M.S. Stoker, C. Gaina, J.C. Doornenbal, T. Funck and U.E. Árting
Publication Date: 27 October 2017
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Special Publication 447

The NAG-TEC project was a collaborative effort by the British Geological Survey, the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, the Geological Survey of Ireland, the Geological Survey of the Netherlands, the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland, the Geological Survey of Norway, Iceland GeoSurvey and the Faroese Geological Survey (Jarðfeingi), along with a number of academic partners and significant support from industry. The main focus was to investigate the tectonic evolution of the region with a particular emphasis on basin evolution along conjugate margins. A key outcome was the development of a new tectonostratigraphic atlas and database that includes comprehensive geological and geophysical information relevant for understanding the Devonian to present evolution of the NE Atlantic margins. These provide the foundation upon which ongoing research and exploration of the area can build. This Special Publication provides some of the first scientific results and analysis based on the project, including regional stratigraphic analysis and correlations, crustal structure and interpretation of geophysical data sets, plate kinematics and the evolution of igneous provinces.

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Published online on the Lyell Collection 03 October 2017. The online content for this title is Open Access.

The papers present some of the key findings and analysis based on the Tectonostratigraphic Atlas of the Northeast Atlantic Region.

The Tectonostratigraphic Atlas of the North-East Atlantic Region

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 9781786202789
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 468
Weight: 1.2 kg


PÉRON-PINVIDIC, G., HOPPER, J. R., STOKER, M., GAINA, C., FUNCK, T., ÁRTING, U. E. & DOORNENBAL, J. C. The NE Atlantic region: a reappraisal of crustal structure, tectonostratigraphy and magmatic evolution – an introduction to the NAG-TEC project


STOKER, M. S., STEWART, M. A., SHANNON, P. M., BJERAGER, M., NIELSEN, T., BLISCHKE, A., HJELSTUEN, B. O., GAINA, C., MCDERMOTT, K. & ÓLAVSDÓTTIR, J. An overview of the Upper Palaeozoic–Mesozoic stratigraphy of the NE Atlantic region

Geochronology and volcanism

WILKINSON, C. M., GANERØD, M., HENDRIKS, B. W. H. & EIDE, E. A. Compilation and appraisal of geochronological data from the North Atlantic Igneous Province (NAIP)

Á HORNI, J., HOPPER, J. R., BLISCHKE, A., GEISLER, W. H., STEWART, M., MCDERMOTT, K., JUDGE, M., ERLENDSSON, Ö. & ÁRTING, U. Regional distribution of volcanism within the North Atlantic Igneous Province

HJARTARSON, Á., ERLENDSSON, Ö. & BLISCHKE, A. The Greenland–Iceland–Faroe Ridge Complex

GEISSLER, W. H., GAINA, C., HOPPER, J. R., FUNCK, T., BLISCHKE, A., ARTING, U., HORNI, J.  Á., PÉRON-PINVIDIC, G. & ABDELMALAK, M. M. Seismic volcanostratigraphy of the NE Greenland continental margin

Crustal structure

FUNCK, T., ERLENDSSON, Ö., GEISSLER, W. H., GRADMANN, S., KIMBELL, G. S., MCDERMOTT, K. & PETERSEN, U. K. A review of the NE Atlantic conjugate margins based on seismic refraction data

FUNCK, T., GEISSLER, W. H., KIMBELL, G. S., GRADMANN, S., ERLENDSSON, Ö ., MCDERMOTT, K. & PETERSEN, U. K. Moho and basement depth in the NE Atlantic Ocean based on seismic refraction data and receiver functions

HAASE, C., EBBING, J. & FUNCK, T. A 3D regional crustal model of the NE Atlantic based on seismic and gravity data

Focused studies

KIMBELL, G. S., STEWART, M. A., GRADMANN, S., SHANNON, P. M., FUNCK, T., HAASE, C., STOKER, M. S. & HOPPER, J. R. Controls on the location of compressional deformation on the NW European margin

GRADMANN, S., HAASE, C. & EBBING, J. Isostasy as a tool to validate interpretations of regional geophysical datasets – application to the mid-Norwegian continental margin

BLISCHKE, A., GAINA, C., HOPPER, J. R., PÉ RON-PINVIDIC, G., BRANDSDÓTTIR, B., GUARNIERI, P., ERLENDSSON, Ö. & GUNNARSSON, K. The Jan Mayen microcontinent: an update of its architecture, structural development and role during the transition from the Ægir Ridge to the mid-oceanic Kolbeinsey Ridge

ÓLAVSDÓTTIR, J., EIDESGAARD, Ó . R. & STOKER, M. S. The stratigraphy and structure of the Faroese continental margin 339

PETERSEN, U. K. & FUNCK, T. Review of velocity models in the Faroe–Shetland Channel

GERLINGS, J., HOPPER, J. R., FYHN, M. B. W. & FRANDSEN, N. Mesozoic and older rift basins on the SE Greenland Shelf offshore Ammassalik

The oceanic domain and regional kinematics

GAINA, C., NASUTI, A., KIMBELL, G. S. & BLISCHKE, A. Break-up and seafloor spreading domains in the NE Atlantic 393

GAINA, C., BLISCHKE, A., GEISSLER, W. H., KIMBELL, G. S. & ERLENDSSON,  Ö. Seamounts and oceanic igneous features in the NE Atlantic: a link between plate motions and mantle dynamics

The oil perspective

VIS, G.-J. Geology and seepage in the NE Atlantic region



Gavin Elliott

The scale, remoteness and challenging geology of the North-East Atlantic means that the majority of scientific work has been carried out in a patchwork fashion. Comparison to conjugate and adjourning margins was difficult due to the lack of a regional stratigraphic scheme and a homogenised database.
However, this is no longer the case thanks to the multinational, industry supported, Northeast Atlantic Geoscience TECtonostratigraphic Atlas (NAG-TEC) project. The project ran from 2008 to 2014, and involved 8 geological surveys and partner universities, with the aim of re-examining the evolution of the North-East Atlantic from the Devonian to the present day. The outputs of the project are available in publication by The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), but this special publication contains 17 papers that outline the more scientific aspects of the NAG-TEC project.
The area of interest ranges from the Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone to offshore Svalbard with a particular emphasis on conjugate margin studies and the insights that they provide for our understanding of North-East Atlantic evolution. The topics covered include stratigraphy, plate kinematics, geochronology, volcanism and crustal structure. A series of papers also cover interesting aspects that arose from the project.
This book will become a standard reference work for those working in the area, for the foreseeable future

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