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The southern part of the BABEL project, ie. the Baltic Sea survey, is the first activity within the Commission's new R&D programme, Deep Reservoir Geology (DRG), which started in 1989. This new programme will contribute in particular to one of the main objectives of the Non-Nuclear Energy programme, namely to increase the long-term energy supply. The aim of the research is to improve knowledge and understanding of the processes of continental crust formation and evolution, with special emphasis on the development of sedimentary basins in various tectonic settings and ages. The seismic and electromagnetic studies to be undertaken within the DRG programme will provide detailed sections of the crust and upper mantle in areas that could lead to the identification of new and previously unsuspected geothermal reservoirs, hydrocarbon and mineral deposits. The field campaign, which ran from September to October 1989, provided a unique dense coverage of deep reflection lines recorded by the marine technique in an ancient shield area, with 68 land stations clustered intensely in the neighbourhood. Results of early work on the data are presented. The Baltic Shield is seen to contain many different provinces with distinct and sometimes strong reflectivity throughout the whole crust, which reaches depths up to 60 km. Major boundaries in the Proterozoic terrain were observed and the results of more than 1000 million years old magmatic processes imaged.

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Authors: MEISSNER R, Christian-Albrechts Universität zu Kiel, Institut für Geophysik (DE);SNYDER D, University of Cambridge, British Institutions Reflection Profiling Syndicate (BIRPS) (GB);BALLING N, Aarhus Universitet, Geologisk Institut, Laboratoriet for Geofysik (DK);STAROSTE E, CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 14429 EN (1992) 155 pp.
Availability: Available from E. Staroste, CEC, DG XII/E-4, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1040 Bruxelles (BE)
ISBN: ISBN 2-87263-078-3
Record Number: 199211090 / Last updated on: 1994-11-29
Original language: en
Available languages: en