Tectonic evolution of the Plymouth Bay Basin
Proceedings of the Ussher Society
The Ussher Society
A synthesis of offshore seismic data in the Plymouth Bay and Western Approaches, and onshore basement structures and mineralisation history has allowed new constraints to be placed on the structural evolution of the late Carboniferous- Triassic Plymouth Bay Basin. These data have been combined to produce a model for the late- and post- Variscan tectonics of the Plymouth Bay area. Additional controls on the timing and magnitude of Variscan uplift and late-Variscan low-angle extensional deformation onshore are used to infer a late Carboniferous age for the earliest basin fill. These sediments were accommodated in a northeast — south-west oriented basin formed during late-orogenic extension. A change in the orientation of the depocentre in the early Permian signalled a switch to a north-west — south-east, strike-slip dominated tectonic environment.
Vol. 8 (3), pp. 271 - 278