Lava geochemistry as a potential aid to predictive stratigraphy offshore

John Michael Millett

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Geochemical analyses of the volcanics within the onshore successions of the North Atlantic Igneous Province (NAIP) are widespread and comprise high quality analyses commonly covering the complete stratigraphy of a given area. Within the volcanic pile of the Faroe Islands, situated centrally in the NAIP, distinct geochemical trends along with geochemical ‘events’ are observed which can in some cases be correlated to other onshore volcanic sequences of the NAIP. Using the geochemical stratigraphy observed on the Faroe Islands as an index section for the NAIP volcanics in the Faroe-Shetland Basin we propose the viability of attaining geochemical data sets of sufficient quality as to allow improved stratigraphic resolution and correlation within the offshore setting. The integration of geochemical volcanic stratigraphy data with the already well constrained biostratigraphic framework for the Palaeogene evolution of the Faroe-Shetland Basin may provide a highly valuable line of evidence not yet readily available to prospective hydrocarbon exploration targets to the S and E of the Faroe Islands.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 1 May 2012
Event4th Faroe Islands Exploration Conference - Torshavn, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 May 20102 May 2012


Conference4th Faroe Islands Exploration Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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