Evolution of the central West Greenland margin and the Nuussuaq Basin: Localised basin uplift along a stable continental margin proposed from thermochronological data

Scott Jess (Corresponding Author), Randell Stephenson, Roderick Brown

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Abstract

The Late Cenozoic is typically considered a time of widespread episodic tectonic uplift along the West Greenland continental margin (36 Ma – 2 Ma), similar to other margins across the North Atlantic, such as Norway, East Greenland and the UK. The present study re‐examines and re‐models onshore thermochronological data from central West Greenland and the Cretaceous Nuussuaq Basin, utilising a Bayesian modelling approach and new concepts related to radiation damage within apatite. These new thermal histories indicate slow protracted cooling has occurred across the southern extent of the margin during the Mesozoic and Cenozoic, whereas those from within the Nuussuaq Basin display reheating through the Late Cretaceous/Palaeogene and cooling to present. Results suggest no significant Late Cenozoic uplift has occurred along the southern margin, while cooling in the Nuussuaq Basin is consistent with events outlined in the basin's stratigraphy and imply uplift during volcanism and an isostatic response to the unroofing of the lithosphere has elevated the modern topography. These results imply significant tectonism in the region ceased by ~45 Ma, yet have wider implications regarding how low temperature thermochronology data are treated and our understanding of the post rift evolution of passive margins.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1230-1246
Number of pages17
JournalBasin Research
Volume30
Issue number6
Early online date24 May 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

Keywords

  • modelling
  • passive margins
  • stratigraphy
  • tectonics and sedimentation
  • thermochronology

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