D013 FRONTIER EXPLORATION IN NW EUROPE: RECENT RESULTS FROM IRELAND TO NORWAY 1 BY K. HØGSETH A. M. SPENCER G. J. ALLINSON B. MACTIERNAN & Ø. BIRKELAND Frontier exploration basins lie in a line along the Atlantic margin from Ireland to Norway. All underwent Mesozoic rifting and some suffered volcanism in Paleocene-Eocene. Atlantic Ocean opening started in the south (Cretaceous) and occurred everywhere from Eocene times onwards. Many basins have thick Cretaceous - Cenozoic sections but the Barents Sea region underwent major uplift in Cenozoic times. Some frontier basins are near areas with proven Jurassic (oil) and Carboniferous (gas) petroleum


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