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New Caledonia: Geology, Geodynamic Evolution and Mineral Resources

Product Code: M0051
Series: GSL Memoirs
Author/Editor: Edited by P. Maurizot and N. Mortimer
Publication Date: 09 July 2020
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Memoir 51

Published online 16/06/2020. Print copies available from 09/07/2020.

This memoir summarizes the current knowledge of New Caledonia’s geology, geodynamic evolution, and mineral resources, based on published and unpublished information. It comprises 10 research papers, each addressing a particular geological assemblage or topic. After an introductory chapter, and a review of the published geodynamic models of evolution of the SW Pacific, chapters 3 to 5 focus on the main geological assemblages of Grande Terre: the Pre-Late Cretaceous basement terranes, the Late Cretaceous to Eocene cover, and the Eocene subduction-obduction complex, one of the largest and best-preserved in the world. Chapter 6 is devoted to the Loyalty Islands and Ridge. Chapter 7 deals with the mostly terrestrial post-obduction units including regolith. Chapter 8 deals with palaeobiogeography and discuss plausible scenarios of biotic evolution. Chapters 9 and 10 provide an comprehensive review of New Caledonia’s mineral resources. The volume will interest stratigraphers, sedimentologists, marine geologists, palaeontologists, palaeogeographers, igneous and metamorphic petrologists, geochemists, geochronologists, and specialists in tectonics, geodynamic evolution, regolith, ophiolites, and economic geology.

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Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 9781786204660
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 284
Weight: 1.3 kg



Maurizot, P., Robineau, B., Vendé-Leclerc, M. and Cluzel, D. Chapter 1 Introduction to New Caledonia: geology, geodynamic evolution and mineral resources

Collot, J., Patriat, M., Sutherland, R., Williams, S., Cluzel, D., Seton, M., Pelletier, B., Roest, W. R., Etienne, S., Bordenave, A. and Maurizot, P. Chapter 2 Geodynamics of the SW Pacific: a brief review and relations with New Caledonian geology
Maurizot, P., Cluzel, D., Meffre, S., Campbell, H. J., Collot, J. and Sevin, B. Chapter 3 Pre-Late Cretaceous basement terranes of the Gondwana active margin of New Caledonia
Maurizot, P., Bordenave, A., Cluzel, D., Collot, J. and Etienne, S. Chapter 4 Late Cretaceous to Eocene cover of New Caledonia: from rifting to convergence
Maurizot, P., Cluzel, D., Patriat, M., Collot, J., Iseppi, M., Lesimple, S., Secchiari, A., Bosch, D., Montanini, A., Macera, P. and Davies, H. L. Chapter 5 The Eocene Subduction–Obduction Complex of New Caledonia
Maurizot, P., Collot, J., Cluzel, D. and Patriat, M. Chapter 6 The Loyalty Islands and Ridge, New Caledonia 
Sevin, B., Maurizot, P., Cluzel, D., Tournadour, E., Etienne, S., Folcher, N., Jeanpert, J., Collot, J., Iseppi, M., Meffre, S. and Patriat, M. Chapter 7 Post-obduction evolution of New Caledonia
Maurizot, P. and Campbell, H. J. Chapter 8 Palaeobiogeography of New Caledonia
Maurizot, P., Sevin, B., Lesimple, S., Collot, J., Jeanpert, J., Bailly, L., Robineau, B., Patriat, M., Etienne, S. and Monnin, C. Chapter 9 Mineral resources and prospectivity of non-ultramafic rocks of New Caledonia
Maurizot, P., Sevin, B., Lesimple, S., Bailly, L., Iseppi, M. and Robineau, B. Chapter 10 Mineral resources and prospectivity of the ultramafic rocks of New Caledonia


Cover image: View southwards from the Col de Poya showing the distant high massifs of the Peridotite Nappe thrust over the low hills of the Poya Terrane in the foreground. Drone image by S. Lesimple (Geological Survey of New Caledonia, September 2019)


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