Geology and Crustal Structure of the Faeroe Islands - A Review

  • P. Hedebol Nielsen
Part of the Nato Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 8)


The Faeroe Islands consist of plateau basalts extruded during the opening of the Norwegian-Greenland Sea in the early Tertiary. On the shelf outside the 200 m contour line the basalts are overlain by sediments reaching a thickness of 2 km. The shelf is separated from the Iceland-Faeroe Ridge by a scarp with a gravimetric anomaly, and the Faeroese crust has lower velocities (6.2 km/s or less) than the crust of the ridge (6.7 km/s). The Faeroese crust is more than 25 km thick and is probably continental.


Bouguer Anomaly Faeroe Island Plateau Basalt Reykjanes Ridge Lava Pile 
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  • P. Hedebol Nielsen
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  1. 1.Faeroe BranchGeological Survey of DenmarkThorshavnFaeroe Islands

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