Exhumation of the North Atlantic Margin: Timing, Mechanisms and Implications for Petroleum Exploration (Geological Society Special Publication, No. 196)

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Special Publication 196. Exhumation of the North Atlantic Margin: Timing, Mechanisms and Implications for Petroleum Exploration. Northwest Europe has undergone repeated episode of exhumation (the exposure of formerly buried rocks) due to such factors as post-orogenic unroofing, rift-shoulder uplift, hotspot activity, compressive tectonics, eustatic seal-level change, glaciation and isostatic re-adjustment. Of particular importance was the widespread uplift and emergence of large section of the North Atlantic Margin during Cenozoic time, a process that included major denudational episodes in the Paleocene and Late Neogene. Despite a rapid increase in the understanding of this phenomenon, there are still many critical questions: the relative intensity of the various exhumation phases and their geographical variation; mechanisms of uplift; nature of the link between onshore denudation and offshore sedimentation. Tied to these problems is the larger-scale question of whether the circum-North Atlantic is unique or whether its behaviour is typical for passive margins. There have been several attempts in recent years to bring together researchers to address these questions, but these have often focused on one specific geographical area or one particular exhumation phase. Before an integrated story can emerge, disciplines that have traditionally remained apart need to come together: geomorphology and offshore seismic interpretation; Palaeogene and Neogene studies; Scandinavian and British-Irish research schools.

This volume represents a first step in this direction by providing an inter-disciplinary set of studies over a wide latitudinal range of the NW European margin.

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