Exploration efforts around the Falklands were given renewed impetus following the Sea Lion discovery in 2010. Uncertainty, however, remains as to the commercialisation of these frontier assets.
Map of Region
CASP and its scientific partners (Centro de Investigaciones Geologicas, La Plata, Argentina; University of Texas Institute for Geophysics, Austin, Texas; and the universities of Aberdeen and Edinburgh) carried out pioneering fieldwork in the Falklands-Malvinas, Argentina and South Africa between 1995 and 2000. This resulted in important new information on the stratigraphy and hydrocarbon potential of pre-rift strata in the region and innovative new palinspastic reconstructions of Gondwana. This work, combined with evidence from South Africa, confirmed suggestions that the Falklands Plateau was situated off the southeast coast of South Africa prior to Gondwana break-up and has subsequently been rotated by ~180°.
Most Recent Reports
- Stratigraphy and sedimentology of the Permian of the Falkland Islands: Lithostratigraphic and Palaeoenvironmental links with South Africa CASP.SAP.8
- Lithostratigraphy and sedimentology of Falkland Island Permian (Pre-rift) strata: Current developments CASP.SAP.19
- Structural geology of the Cantera area, East Falkland: Regional implications CASP.SAP.12
- Falkland Islands geological field guide CASP.SAP.FG
- Falkland/Malvinas Islands and Falkland/Malvinas Plateau: Keyworded Bibliography CASP.SAP.5