Tectonics of the Palaeogene Forlandsundet Basin, Spitsbergen: a preliminary report

K. L. Kleinspehn, C. Teyssier

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Controversy exists concerning the timing and tectonic setting for the development of the Palaeogene Forlandsundet Basin relative to deformation of western Spitsbergen and the opening of the Nowergian-Greenland Sea. New data and observations from this basin lead us to advocate abandonment of the concept of the basin as a fault-bounded graben with a simple extensional history. The basin's modern structural geometry, that of a graben, is a response to late tectonism and should not be used to infer the origin and early development of the basin, an origin that was coeval with Palaeogene shortening and strike-slip deformation along Svalbard's western margin. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-104
Number of pages12
JournalNorsk Geologisk Tidsskrift
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

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