Special Publication 8/1997: Skagerrak in the past and the present
The Skagerrak is an area of considerable interest, in terms of both environmental and industrial issues. Sedimentary rocks, generally of the same type as in the North Sea, provide a potential for economic hydrocarbon resources. Large glaciers have carved out the Skagerrak basin by repeated ice advances during the last ice ages, and because of this, the Skagerrak is now the deepest part of the North Sea. Major ocean currents transport sediments into the Skagerrak from the Atlantic Oceanm the North Sea, the Baltic Sea and the surrounding land areas, A large volume of the contaminants (e.g. trace metals and organic compounds) released into the marine environment of the North Sea is therefore deposited in the Skagerrak, which has populary been termed "the dustbin of the North Sea".
This multi-diciplinary report gives an overview of the geological history and state-of-the-art knowledge of the sea-bed environment at the present day for use by a broad public. It should provide the basic knowledge needed in planning further utilisation (fisheries, underwater engineering, hydrocarbon exploration etc.), in management by governmental bodies such as the Ministries of Environment, Industry, and Oil and Energy, and in further scientific investigation.
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