The tectonic context of the Early Palaeozoic southern margin of Gondwana

Pankhurst, Robert J.; Vaughan, Alan P.M.. 2009 The tectonic context of the Early Palaeozoic southern margin of Gondwana. In: Bassett, M.G., (ed.) Early Palaeozoic Peri-Gondwana terranes : new insights from tectonics and biogeography. London, UK, Geological Society of London, 171-176. (Geological Society Special Publications, 325).

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The oceanic southern margin of Gondwana, from southern South America through South Africa, West Antarctica, New Zealand (in its pre break-up position), and Victoria Land to Eastern Australia is one of the longest and longest-lived active continental margins known. Its construction was initiated in late Neoproterozoic times following the break-up of the pre-existing supercontinent of Rodinia. Gondwana was established by the amalgamation of Australian, Indian, Antarctic, African and South American continental fragments mostly derived from Rodinia. Its ‘Pacific’ margin continued to develop as the site of the 18,000 km Terra Australis orogen, predominantly facing subducting ocean floor and involving some terrane accretion events, through Palaeozoic and Mesozoic times until, and during, the eventual break-up of Gondwana itself.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2009 > NERC Isotope Geoscience Laboratory
ISBN: 9781862392861
Date made live: 10 Mar 2010 13:51 +0 (UTC)

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