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Continental Tectonics

Product Code: SP164
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by C. MacNiocaill and P. D. Ryan
Publication Date: 30 November 1999
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Geological Society Special Publication 164

The evolution of oceanic plates is very well described by plate tectonic theory, but the study of continental tectonics is more complicated. Continental plates have a different rheology, a greater mean age, a higher heat productivity, and are more heterogeneous in composition. An understanding of continental tectonics requires, therefore, that these effects upon rigid plate behaviour be taken into account. This book brings together a series of papers which explore various aspects of the deformation of continental lithosphere, covering different tectonic settings from the Palaeozoic to the present day. These include the processes of terrane accretion and juxtaposition, the exhumation of high-pressure terrains, and mechanisms of crustal extension and rifting. The book will be of general interest to a broad audience of earth scientists concerned with global tectonics, continental growth processes, and the deformation of the continents during collision, exhumation and extension.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 1-86239-051-7
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-051-5
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 350
Weight: 1.10 kg


Introduction • Simplification of the Southwest Pacific Neogene arcs: inherited complexity and control by a retreating pole of rotation • The kinematics of backarc basins, examples from the Tyrrhenian, Aegean & Japan seas • Petrology of Ordovician and Silurian sediments in the Western Irish Caledonides: tracers of short-lived Ordovician continent-arc collision orogeny and the evolution of the Laurentian Appalachiann/ Caledonian margin • Regional geochemistry, terrane analysis and metallogeny in the British Caledonides • Taconian seismogenic deformation in Appalalchian orogen and the North American craton • Thermal and mechanical models for the structural and metamorphic evolution of the Zanskar High Himalaya • Separate episodes of eclogite and blueschist facies metamorphism in the Aegean metamorphic core complex of Ios, Cyclades, Greece • The Northern Sacramento mountains, southwest United Sates, part I: structural profile through a crustal extensional system • The Northern Sacramento mountains, southwest United States, part II: exhumation history and detachment faulting • Evolution and development of the Levant (Dead Sea Rift) Transform System: a historical-chronological review of a structural controversy • The Lithospheric structure of the Kenya Rift as revealed by wide-angle seismic measurements • Style, timing and distribution of tectonic deformation across the Exmouth Plateau, northwest Australia, determining from stratal architecture and quantitative basin modelling • Structural and magmatic segmentation of the teriary east Greenland volcanic rifted margin • Index


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