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Antarctica and Supercontinent Evolution

Product Code: SP383
Series: GSL Special Publications
Author/Editor: Edited by S.L. Harley, I.C.W. Fitzsimons and Y. Zhao
Publication Date: 21 January 2014
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Special Publication 383.

Antarctica preserves a rock record that spans three and a half billion years of history and has a remarkable story to tell about the evolution of our Earth, from the hottest crustal rocks yet found in an orogenic system, to the assembly and breakup of Gondwana in the Phanerozoic. This volume highlights our improved understanding of the tectonic events that have shaped Antarctica and how these potentially relate to supercontinent assembly and fragmentation. The internal constitution of the East Antarctic Shield is assessed using information available from the basement geology and from detritus preserved as Mesozoic sediments in the Trans Antarctic Mountains. Accretionary orogenesis along the proto-Pacific margin of Antarctica is examined and the volumes of intracrustal melting compared with juvenile magma additions in these complex orogenic systems assessed. This special volume demonstrates the diversity of approaches required to elucidate and understand crustal evolution and evaluate the supercontinent concept.

This volume (and SP381 Antarctic Palaeoenvironments and Earth-Surface Processes) results from an agreement with the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) for books resulting from SCAR’s Earth Science activities. This agreement promotes and encourages greater understanding of, and education in, the Antarctic Earth sciences. These volumes are from the International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences in Edinburgh in August 2011.

Published online 02/12/2013. Print copy available from 21/01/2014.

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Antarctic Palaeoenvironments and Earth-Surface Processes 

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-367-7
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 237
Weight: 0.86 kg

Contents

HARLEY, S. L., FITZSIMONS, I. C. W. & ZHAO, Y. Antarctica and supercontinent evolution: historical perspectives, recent advances and unresolved issues     

MIKHALSKY, E. V., SHERATON, J. W., KUDRIAVTSEV, I. V., SERGEEV, S. A., KOVACH, V. P., KAMENEV, I.A. & LAIBA, A. A. The Mesoproterozoic Rayner Province in the Lambert Glacier area: its age, origin, isotopic structure and implications for Australia–Antarctica correlations    

FLOWERDEW, M. J., TYRRELL, S., BOGER, S. D., FITZSIMONS, I. C. W., HARLEY, S. L., MIKHALSKY, E. V. & VAUGHAN, A. P. M. Pb isotopic domains from the Indian Ocean sector of Antarctica: implications for past Antarctica–India connections   

GREW, E. S., CARSON, C. J., CHRISTY, A. G. & BOGER, S. D. Boron- and phosphate-rich rocks in the Larsemann Hills, Prydz Bay, East Antarctica: tectonic implications     

LIU, X., ZHAO, Y. & HU, J. The c. 1000–900 Ma and c. 550–500 Ma tectonothermal events in the Prince Charles Mountains–Prydz Bay region, East Antarctica, and their relations to supercontinent evolution              

ADACHI, T., HOKADA, T., OSANAI, Y., NAKANO, N., BABA, S. & TOYOSHIMA, T. Contrasting metamorphic records and their implications for tectonic process in the central Sør Rondane Mountains, eastern Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica     

KAWASAKI, T., ADACHI, T., NAKANO, N. & OSANAI, Y. Possible armalcolite pseudomorph-bearing garnet–sillimanite gneiss from Skallevikshalsen, Lützow-Holm Complex, East Antarctica: Implications for ultrahigh-temperature metamorphism

YAKYMCHUK, C., SIDDOWAY, C. S., FANNING, C. M., MCFADDEN, R., KORHONEN, F. J. & BROWN, M. Anatectic reworking and differentiation of continental crust along the active margin of Gondwana: a zircon Hf–O perspective from West Antarctica

ELSNER, M., SCHöNER, R., GERDES, A. & GAUPP, R. Reconstruction of the early Mesozoic plate margin of Gondwana by U–Pb ages of detrital zircons from northern Victoria Land, Antarctica    

Index

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James Montgomery
31.03.2015


Featured in Geoscientist April 2015

Antarctica’s geological record spans 3.5 billion years and provides a remarkable window into the geological history of the world. This book has a summary chapter followed by eight detailed chapters providing an insight into current understanding of the evolution of Antarctica, and where Antarctica may have been incorporated into supercontinents of old.

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