The Application of Middle Jurassic-Early Cretaceous Agglutinated Foraminifera to the Offshore Correlation of Humber Group Sediments in the North Viking Graben

  • Peter H. Morris
  • Robin Dyer
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Agglutinated foraminifera are described from Middle to Upper Jurassic sediments of the North Viking Graben region with reference to UKCS Well 211/12-1 (Magnus Field). Four microfaunal associations are determined within the Bathonian to Lower Volgian sequence, and these are shown to relate to regional biofacies developments within the East Shetland Basin and North Viking Graben. Ten major bioevents among the assemblages of agglutinated foraminifera are correlated between wells 211/12–1 and 211/18a-21 (Don Field), providing a detailed stratigraphic framework for the interpretation of complex syn-rift packages.


Continental Shelf Early Cretaceous Late Jurassic Middle Jurassic Petroleum Geology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter H. Morris
    • 1
  • Robin Dyer
    • 1
  1. 1.Geostrat Ltd.MotherwellScotland

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