We appreciate especially the contributions of:
  • all committee members of SKS whose efforts made this work possible;
  • other scientists who made valuable contributions, especially: A. Dalland, C. Dons, P.W. Grogan, T. Hellem, K. Kleinspehn, R. Knarud, G. B. Larssen, S. Olaussen, N. Pickard, K. Saalmann, M. Smelror;
  • the then chairman of NSK, J.P. Nystuen, who supported the realisation of this project over many years and greatly improved the manuscript by his profound review;
  • the reviewers K.-S. Lervik and N. Spjeldnæs, who contributed significantly to the improvement of the manuscript;
  • F. Gustavson and I. Fossen, who redrew all type sections on the computer, standardising them from an extremely variegated original material.


We are grateful to the following institutions for allowing their employees to work on this project:
  • Norsk Polarinstitutt, Oslo and Tromsø
  • IKU Petroleum Research, Trondheim
  • Norsk Hydro ASA, Oslo and Bergen
  • Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, Harstad
  • VNIIOkeangeologija, Lomonosov/St. Petersburg
  • Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków
  • Saga Petroleum ASA, Sandvika and Harstad
  • Statoil, Stavanger
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Oslo
  • VNIIOkeangeologija, St. Petersburg


We are grateful to the following institutions for their financial support to the present publication:
  • Amerada Hess Norge AS
  • Conoco Norway Inc.
  • Elf Petroleum Norge AS
  • Mobil Exploration Norway Inc.
  • Norske Shell A/S
  • Norsk Hydro ASA
  • Saga Petroleum ASA
  • Statoil
  • Total Norge A.S.


for the financial support to the Secretariat for correlation of the stratigraphy of Svalbard and the Barents Sea Shelf:
  • Conoco Norway Inc.
  • Elf Petroleum Norge AS
  • Mobil Exploration Norway Inc.
  • Norske Shell A/S
  • Norsk Hydro ASA
  • Saga Petroleum ASA
  • Statoil
  • Total Norge A.S.


and for the financial support given to the translation of the "Stratigrafičeskij Slovar' Špicbergena" from Russian to English (1991):
  • IKU Petroleum Research, Trondheim
  • Norsk Hydro ASA
  • Saga Petroleum ASA
  • Statoil


We also thank
  • the Commissioner of Mines at Svalbard for logistic support;
  • S. Teigre, S. Holstad and A. Igesund for technical support.


English review by David Worsley
Type sections drawn by Finn Gustavson and Ingrid Fossen
Biostratigraphic tables drawn by Atle Mørk and Inger Nilsson
All other figures and tables drawn by Winfried Dallmann Technical editing by Annemor Brekke


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