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Wednesday, 25 June 2008

New Paper on Silverpit (Impact ??) Structure, North Sea

New Paper on Silverpit (Impact ??) Structure, North Sea

Paul bristolia at
Wed Jun 25 15:31:00 EDT 2008

Dear Friends,

In the Journal of the Geological Society, there is a new paper on the proposed
Silverpit Impact Structure. It is:

Wall, M.L.T. , and J. Cartwright and R.J. Davies, 2008, An Eocene
age for the proposed Silverpit Impact Crater. Journal of the Geological
Society. vol. 165, no. 4, pp. 781-794
DOI: 10.1144/0016-76492007-138

Using seismic stratigraphy, and microfossil, including calcareous nanofossil,
data from regional wells, they dated the age of the first sediments onlapping
into this structure. This relationship suggests that the structure is Middle
Eocene in age. As a result, they conclude that this structure is 10 to 15 million
years younger than previous age estimates and this structure is far too young
to be associated with the K-T boundary. They also argue that the Silverpit
structure is considerably younger than when regional folding and salt
flowage occurred. This, they argue makes it too young to have been created
by this regional folding and salt flowage as argued by other papers.

Silverpit crater

North Sea crater shows its scars


Paul H.

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