Doklady Earth Sciences

, Volume 483, Issue 1, pp 1388–1393 | Cite as

New Data on the Tectonics of Franz Joseph Land (Archipelago and Shelf, Northern Segment of the Continental Margin of the Barents Sea)

  • E. V. ShipilovEmail author
  • S. I. Shkarubo
  • G. G. Matishov
  • M. V. Mityaev
  • O. V. Kozlova


The current block structure of the archipelago and the surrounding shelf are associated with the tectonic framework of the diagonal system of faults. The northeast-striking faults are in correlation with the series of normal faults in the flank of the Eastern Barents megabasin at the initial, rift-induced stage of the formation in the Middle–Late Paleozoic. The northwest-striking faults were formed in the Jurassic–Cretaceous time, during the tectonic–magmatic stage related to the dominating rift-induced spreading processes in the Arctic affected by the plume. In the archipelago and adjacent shelf, these faults control the zone of transtension about 400 km wide, which appears to be an alteration of grabens and horsts combined with traces of echelon dikes. Therefore, the crossing structural plan of the arched-block rise was formed. This structure was activated in the neotectonics epoch and modified by exaration and erosion.



The study was performed with financial support of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, research, project no. 18-05-70012.


  1. 1.
    E. M. Makar’eva and B. G. Lopatin, The 1 : 1 000 000 State Geological Map of the Russian Federation, New Ser., Sheet no. T-37-40-Frantz Josef Land (Southern Islands), Explanatory Note (Karpinsky Russ. Geol. Res. Inst., St. Petersburg, 2004).Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    G. G. Matishov, V. I. Myslivets, and S. L. Forman, in Habitat and Ecosystems of Franz Josef Land (Archipelago and Shelf) (Kola Sci. Center Russ. Acad. Sci., Apatity, 1994), pp. 7–18 [in Russian].Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    M. V. Mityaev and M. V. Gerasimova, Tr. Kol’sk. Nauchn. Tsentra Ross. Akad. Nauk, Iss. 2, No. 4 (23), 5–60 (2014).Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    A. L. Piskarev, G. S. Kazanin, A. A. Kireev, et al., Razved. Okhr. Nedr, No. 1, 44–48 (2016).Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    B. V. Senin, E. V. Shipilov, G. G. Matishov, and G. A. Tarasov, in Biological Processes and Evolution of Marine Ecosystems at Conditions of Marine Periglacial (Russ. Laplandiya, Murmansk, 1996), pp. 63–64 [in Russian].Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    S. Yu. Sokolov, A. S. Abramova, Yu. A. Zaraiskaya, et al., Monit. Nauka Tekhnol., No. 4 (29), 14–19 (2016).Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Solid Mineral Resources of Archipelagoes and Islands of Eurasian Arctic Continental Margin, Ed. by V. D. Kaminskii (Gramberg All-Russ. Res. Inst. Geol. Miner. Resour. World Ocean, St. Petersburg, 2010) [in Russian].Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    E. V. Shipilov, Geotectonics 38 (5), 343–365 (2004).Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    E. V. Shipilov, Russ. Geol. Geophys. 57 (12), 1668–1687 (2016).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. 10.
    E. V. Shipilov and Yu. V. Karyakin, Dokl. Earth Sci. 457 (1), 814–818 (2014).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. 11.
    S. I. Shkarubo and E. V. Shipilov, Razved. Okhr. Nedr, No. 9, 32–47 (2007).Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    S. I. Shkarubo, E. V. Shipilov, and D. A. Kostin, The 1 : 1 000 000 State Geological Map of the Russian Federation, New Ser., Sheet no. T-37-40-Frantz Josef Land (Southern Islands), Explanatory Note (Karpinsky Russ. Geol. Res. Inst., St. Petersburg, 2004), pp. 80–97.Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    K. L. Buchan and R. E. Ernst, in Dyke Swarms: Time Markers of Crustal Evolution, Ed. by E. Hanski, S. Mertanen, T. Rämö, and J. Vuollo (Balkema Publ., Rotterdam, 2006).Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    G. G. Matishov, N. S. Cherkis, M. S. Vermillion, and S. L. Forman, Bathymetric Map of the Franz Josef Land Area, Scale 1 : 500 000 (Geol. Soc. Am., Boulder, CO, 1995).Google Scholar
  15. 15.
    A. Solheim, E. Musatov, and N. Heintz, Meddelelser No. 151 (Norsk Polarinst., Oslo, 1998).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Pleiades Publishing, Ltd. 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. V. Shipilov
    • 1
    Email author
  • S. I. Shkarubo
    • 2
  • G. G. Matishov
    • 3
  • M. V. Mityaev
    • 4
  • O. V. Kozlova
    • 2
  1. 1.Polar Geophysical Institute, Kola Science Center, Russian Academy of SciencesMurmanskRussia
  2. 2.OAO Marine Arctic Geological Expedition MurmanskRussia
  3. 3.Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences MoscowRussia
  4. 4.Murmansk Marine Biological Institute, Kola Science Center, Russian Academy of SciencesMurmanskRussia

Personalised recommendations