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Earth Accretionary Systems in Space and Time

Product Code: SP318
Series: GSL Special Publications
Author/Editor: Edited by P A Cawood and A Kroner
Publication Date: 28 July 2009
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Accretionary orogens form at convergent plate boundaries and include the supra-subduction zone forearc, magmatic arc and backarc components. They can be broken into retreating and advancing types, based on their kinematic framework and resulting geological character.

Accretionary systems have been active throughout Earth history, extending back until at least 3.2 Ga, and provide an important constraint on the initiation of horizontal motion of lithospheric plates on Earth.

Accretionary orogens have been responsible for major growth of the continental lithosphere, through the addition of juvenile magmatic products, but are also major sites of consumption and reworking of continental crust through time.

The aim of this volume is to provide a better understanding of accretionary processes and their role in the formation and evolution of the continental crust. Fourteen papers deal with general aspects of accretion and metamorphism and discuss examples of accretionary orogens and crustal growth through Earth history, from the Archaean to the Cenozoic.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 1-86239-278-1
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-278-6
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 424
Weight: 1.13 kg

Contents

Preface

Accretionary orogens through Earth history, P A Cawood, A Kröner, W J Collins, T M Kusky, W D Mooney & B F Windley

Metamorphic patterns in orogenic systems and the geological record, M Brown

Arc–continent collisions, sediment recycling and the maintenance of the continental crust, P D Clift, H Schouten & P Vannucchi

Implications of estimated magmatic additions and recycling losses at the subduction zones of accretionary (non-collisional) and collisional (suturing) orogens, D W Scholl & R Von Huene

Eoarchaen crustal growth in West Greenland (Itsaq Gneiss Complex) and in northeastern China
(Anshan area): review and synthesis, A P Nutman, V C Bennett, C R L Friend, F Jenner, W Yusheng & L Dunyi

Archean crustal growth processes in southern West Greenland and the southern Superior Province: geodynamic and magmatic constraints, A Polat, R Kerrich & B Windley

Correlation of Archaean and Palaeoproterozoic units between northeastern Canada and western Greenland: constraining the pre-collisional upper plate accretionary history of the Trans-Hudson orogen, M R St-Onge, J A M Van Gool, A A Garde & D J Scott

Palaeoproterozoic accretionary processes in Fennoscandia, R Lahtinen, A Korja, M Nironen, & P Heikkinen

The underestimated Proterozoic component of the Canadian Cordillera accretionary margin, D B Snyder, M Pilkington, R M Clowes & F A Cook

A Palaeozoic Northwest Passage: incursion of Caledonian, Baltican and Siberian terranes into eastern Panthalassa, and the early evolution of the North American Cordillera, M Colpron & J L Nelson

Arc imbrication during thick-skinned collision within the northern Cordilleran accretionary orogen, Yukon, Canada, A M Tizzard, S T Johnston & L M Heaman

Palaeozoic Lachlan orogen, Australia; accretion and construction of continental crust in a marginal ocean setting: isotopic evidence from Cambrian metavolcanic rocks, D A Foster, D R Gray, C Spaggiari, G Kamenov & F P Bierlein

The Eurasian SE Asian Margin as a modern example of an accretionary orogen, R Hall

Evolution from an oblique subduction back-arc mobile belt to a highly oblique collisional margin: the Cenozoic tectonic development of Thailand and eastern Myanmar, C K Morley

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