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Precambrian Basins of India: Stratigraphic and Tectonic Context

Product Code: M0043
Series: GSL Memoirs - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by R. Mazumder & P.G. Eriksson
Publication Date: 30 March 2015
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Memoir 43

This Memoir provides a comprehensive review of the Precambrian basins of the four Archaean nuclei of India (Dharwar, Bastar, Singhbhum and Aravalli-Bundelkhand), encompassing descriptions of the time-space distribution of sedimentary-volcanic successions, the interrelationship between tectonics and sedimentation, and basin histories. Studies of 22 basins within the framework of an international basin classification scheme deepen an understanding of the basin architecture especially for cratonic basins. Most Indian sedimentary successions formed as cratonic to extensional-margin rift and thermal-sag basins, some reflecting mantle plume movement, subcrustal heating or far-field stress. This Memoir shows that Phanerozoic plate-tectonic and sequence stratigraphic principles can be applied to the Precambrian basins of large Archaean provinces. The differences between the stratigraphic architecture of the Indian Precambrian and examples of Phanerozoic basin-fill successions elsewhere are ascribed to variable rates and intensities of the controls on accommodation and sediment supply, and changes inherent in the evolution of the hydrosphere-atmosphere and biosphere systems.

Published online 03/03/2015. Print copies available from 30 March 2015.

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Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-723-1
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 352
Weight: 1.7 kg


Chapter 1  MAZUMDER, R. & ERIKSSON, P. G. Precambrian basins of India: stratigraphic and tectonic context


General area

Chapter 2  ALLEN, P. A., ERIKSSON, P. G., ALKMIM, F. F., BETTS, P. G., CATUNEANU, O., MAZUMDER, R., MENG, Q. & YOUNG, G. M. Classification of basins, with special reference to Proterozoic examples

Chapter 3  MEERT, J. G. & PANDIT, M. K. The Archaean and Proterozoic history of Peninsular India: tectonic framework for Precambrian sedimentary basins in India


Aravalli–Bundelkhand Craton

Chapter 4  ROY, A. B. & PUROHIT, R. Lithostratigraphic, geochronological and depositional framework of the Precambrian basins of the Aravalli Mountains and adjoining areas, Rajasthan, India

Chapter 5  CHAKRABORTY, P. P., PANT, N. C. & PAUL, P. P. Controls on sedimentation in Indian Palaeoproterozoic basins: clues from the Gwalior and Bijawar basins, central India

Chapter 6  BOSE, P. K., SARKAR, S., DAS, N. G., BANERJEE, S., MANDAL, A. & CHAKRABORTY, N. Proterozoic Vindhyan Basin: configuration and evolution


Singhbhum Craton

Chapter 7  HOFMANN, A. & MAZUMDER, R. A review of the current status of the Older Metamorphic Group and Older Metamorphic Tonalite Gneiss: insights into the Palaeoarchaean history of the Singhbhum craton, India

Chapter 8  VAN LOON, A. J. & DE, S. Archaean sedimentation on the Singhbhum Craton: depositional environments of conglomerates in Jharkhand (east India)

Chapter 9  GHOSH, G., GHOSH, B. & MUKHOPADHYAY, J. Palaeoarchaean–Mesoproterozoic sedimentation and tectonics along the west-northwestern margin of the Singhbhum Granite body, eastern India: a synthesis

Chapter 10  MAZUMDER, R., DE, S., OHTA, T., FLANNERY, D., MALLIK, L., CHAUDHURY, T., CHATTERJEE, P., RANAIVOSON, M. A. & ARIMA, M. Palaeo-Mesoproterozoic sedimentation and tectonics of the Singhbhum Craton, eastern India, and implications for global and craton-specific geological events


Bastar Craton

Chapter 11  MOHANTY, S. P. Palaeoproterozoic supracrustals of the Bastar Craton: Dongargarh Supergroup and Sausar Group

Chapter 12  CHAUDHURI, A. K., DEB, G. K. & PATRANABIS-DEB, S. Conflicts in stratigraphic classification of the Puranas of the Pranhita–Godavari Valley: review, recommendations and status of the ‘Penganga’ sequence

Chapter 13  CHAKRABORTY, P. P., SAHA, S. & DAS, P. Geology of Mesoproterozoic Chhattisgarh Basin, central India: current status and future goals

Chapter 14  DAS, K., CHAKRABORTY, P. P., HAYASAKA, Y., KAYAMA, M., SAHA, S.& KIMURA, K. c. 1450 Ma regional felsic volcanism at the fringe of the East Indian Craton: constraints from geochronology and geochemistry of tuff beds from detached sedimentary basins


Dharwar Craton

Chapter 15  SUNDER RAJU, P. V. & ERIKSSON, P. G. Evolution of c. 3.5–2.5 Ga basins of the Dharwar Craton

Chapter 16  MATIN, A. Tectonics of the Cuddapah Basin and a model of its evolution: a review

Chapter 17  CHAKRABARTI, G., ERIKSSON, P. G. & SHOME, D. Sedimentation in the Papaghni Group of rocks in the Papaghni sub-basin of the Proterozoic Cuddapah Basin, India

Chapter 18  SAHA, D., SAIN, A., NANDI, P., MAZUMDER, R. & KAR, R. Tectonostratigraphic evolution of the Nellore schist belt, southern India, since the Neoarchaean

Chapter 19  DEY, S. Geological history of the Kaladgi–Badami and Bhima basins, south India: sedimentation in a Proterozoic intracratonic setup

Chapter 20  SENGUPTA, P., RAITH, M. M., KOOIJMAN, E., TALUKDAR, M., CHOWDHURY, P., SANYAL, S., MEZGER, K. & MUKHOPADHYAY, D. Provenance, timing of sedimentation and metamorphism of metasedimentary rock suites from the Southern Granulite Terrane, India


Concluding topics

Chapter 21  DEB, M. & PAL, T. Mineral potential of Proterozoic intracratonic basins in India

Chapter 22  MISHRA, B. Precambrian metallic mineralization in India

Chapter 23  MIALL, A. D., CATUNEANU, O., ERIKSSON, P. G. & MAZUMDER, R. A brief synthesis of Indian Precambrian basins: classification and genesis of basin-fills





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