The pre-Permian residual gravity field for the Dutch onshore and adjacent offshore

J B Dirkzwager, R A Stephenson, O V Legostaeva, Randell Stephenson

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The current paper presents the results of a 3D analysis of the contribution of successive sedimentary layers within the Netherlands basin to the total observed gravity anomaly field. A 3D gravity back-stripping technique is used to highlight anomalous features in the crust and upper mantle beneath the Permian and younger sedimentary succession. A residual gravity anomaly map, derived by subtracting the gravity effect of the sedimentary succession from the observed gravity anomaly field, reveals a distinctive continuous positive gravity anomaly trending NW-SE across the Netherlands that increases in amplitude towards the north-northwest, concordant with increasing sediment thickness. One profile crossing the main residual anomaly has been quantitatively modelled using a 2D inverse modelling program, the residual anomaly can be explained as the result of sources beneath the post-Carboniferous sedimentary succession, either in the crust or at the crust-mantle boundary. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-66
Number of pages14
JournalGlobal and Planetary Change
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2000


  • 3D gravity back-stripping
  • 3D gravity analysis
  • Netherlands
  • 2D gravity modelling


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