Linking onshore and offshore structures; Mesozoic extension in the Scottish Highlands

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doi: 10.1144/gsjgs.156.6.1061
Authors:Roberts, A. M.; Holdsworth, R. E.
Author Affiliations:Primary:
Badley Earth Sciences, Spilsby, United Kingdom
University of Durham, United Kingdom
Volume Title:Journal of the Geological Society of London
Source:Journal of the Geological Society of London, Vol.156(Part 6), p.1061-1064. Publisher: Geological Society of London, London, United Kingdom. ISSN: 0016-7649
Publication Date:1999
Note:In English. 23 refs.; sect., geol. sketch map
Summary:Geological relationships in the offshore basins flanking northern Scotland suggest that a regional Caledonian control on the structure of these basins is far from proven, but conversely Mesozoic faults of the offshore set may extend onshore. The Strathconnon fault, long held to be late Caledonian, may be Mesozoic in age, forming the principal kinematic link between the east and west coast basins of northern Scotland. The numerous outcrops of Precambrian basement within the Minch/Hebrides basin nearly all lie in the uplifted footwalls of Mesozoic faults. Similar fault controls on the distribution of onshore outcrop within the Precambrian may exist.
Subjects:Caledonian Orogeny; Extension; Extension tectonics; Faults; Marine environment; Mesozoic; Paleozoic; Precambrian; Reactivation; Tectonics; Terrestrial environment; Atlantic Ocean; Europe; Great Britain; Moray Firth; Scotland; Scottish Highlands; United Kingdom; Western Europe
Abstract Numbers:00M/2043
Record ID:2000009720
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2019 American Geosciences Institute.
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