Isotopic Dating and Palaeomagnetic Polarity in the Faeroe Islands


THE Faeroe Islands consist of almost 3,000 m of plateau basaltic lavas in which three main series have been recognized1. The Lower Series consists of forty to fifty moderately massive flows of average thickness 20 m, separated from the thin flows of the Middle Series by about 10 m of sediment containing coal horizons2 of probable Eocene age. The Middle Series occupies about 1,300 m. The Upper Series consists of well marked flows intercalated with tuffs; the flows (which average 10 m in thickness) are somewhat less massive than those of the Lower Series, and appear to have been erupted without noticeable break from those of the Middle Series. Intrusive rocks are uncommon, although some sills are very well developed within the Middle Series.

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TARLING, D., GALE, N. Isotopic Dating and Palaeomagnetic Polarity in the Faeroe Islands. Nature 218, 1043–1044 (1968).

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