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The SE Asian Gateway: History and Tectonics of the Australia-Asia collision

Product Code: SP355
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by R Hall, M Cottam and M E J Wilson
Publication Date: 11 July 2011
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Collision between Australia and SE Asia began in the Early Miocene and reduced the former wide ocean between them to a complex passage which connects the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Today, the Indonesian Throughflow passes through this gateway and plays an important role in global thermohaline flow, and the region around it contains the maximum global diversity for many marine and terrestrial organisms. Reconstruction of this geologically complex region is essential for understanding its role in oceanic and atmospheric circulation, climate impacts, and the origin of its biodiversity.

The papers in this volume discuss the Palaeozoic to Cenozoic geological background to Australia and SE Asia collision, and provide the background for accounts of the modern Indonesian Throughflow, oceanographic changes since the Neogene, and aspects of the region’s climate history.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 1-86239-329-X
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-329-5
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 384
Weight: 1.1 kg


HALL, R., COTTAM, M. A. &WILSON, M. E. J. The SE Asian gateway: history and tectonics of the Australia–Asia collision

METCALFE, I. Palaeozoic–Mesozoic history of SE Asia

CLEMENTS, B., BURGESS, P. M., HALL, R. & COTTAM, M. A. Subsidence and uplift by slab-related mantle dynamics: a driving mechanism for the Late Cretaceous and Cenozoic evolution ofcontinental SE Asia?

GRANATH, J. W., CHRIST, J. M., EMMET, P. A. & DINKELMAN, M. G. Pre-Cenozoic sedimentary section and structure as eflected in the JavaSPANTM crustal-scale PSDM seismic survey, and its implications regarding the basement terranes in the East Java Sea

HALL, R. Australia–SE Asia collision: plate tectonics and crustal flow

KOPP, H. The Java convergent margin: structure, seismogenesis and subduction processes

WIDIYANTORO, S., PESICEK, J. D. & THURBER, C. H. Subducting slab structure below the eastern Sunda arc inferred from non-linear seismic tomographic imaging

WATKINSON, I. M. Ductile flow in the metamorphic rocks of central Sulawesi

COTTAM, M. A., HALL, R., FORSTER, M. A. & BOUDAGHER-FADEL, M. Basement character and basin formation in Gorontalo Bay, Sulawesi, Indonesia: new observations from the Togian Islands

WATKINSON, I. M., HALL, R. & FERDIAN, F. Tectonic re-interpretation of the Banggai-Sula–Molucca Sea margin, Indonesia

RIGG, J.W. D. & HALL, R. Structural and stratigraphic evolution of the Savu Basin, Indonesia

AUDLEY-CHARLES, M. G. Tectonic post-collision processes in Timor

TILLINGER, D. Physical oceanography of the present day Indonesian Throughflow

HOLBOURN, A., KUHNT, W. & XU, J. Indonesian Throughflow variability during the last 140 ka: the Timor Sea outflow

VON DER HEYDT, A. S. & DIJKSTRA, H. A. The impact of ocean gateways on ENSO variability in the Miocene

MORLEY, R. J. & MORLEY, H. P. Neogene climate history of the Makassar Straits, Indonesia

LELONO, E. B. & MORLEY, R. J. Oligocene palynological succession from the East Java Sea

WILSON, M. E. J. SE Asian carbonates: tools for evaluating environmental and climatic change in equatorial tropics over the last 50 million years



The SE Asian Gateway: History and Tectonics of the Australia-Asia Collision, Geological Society of London Special Publication No. 355,

Review By Jason R Ali, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Hong Kong

………………all of the papers in GSSP represent quality studies, and the editors should be commended for shepherding them to press.
In summary, those workers actively researching the geology and tectonics of SE Asia ought to buy the Hall-Cottam-Wilson volume. For those who are less committed (the book costs UK£100 for Geological Society Members, UK£200 for the rest of us), then a request for your institute/company to purchase a library copy would be the next best thing. In making such a proposal, it would be worthwhile to point out that the key images in many of the papers have been produced in colour (funded largely by Niko Resources [Indonesia]), thereby making the volume especially useful and attractive.

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