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Continent Formation Through Time

Product Code: SP389
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by N.M.W. Roberts, M. van Kranendonk, S. Parman, S. Shirey and P.D. Clift
Publication Date: 17 February 2015
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Special Publication 389.

The continental crust is our archive of Earth history, and the store of many natural resources; however, many key questions about its formation and evolution remain debated and unresolved:

  • What processed are involved in the formation, differentiation and evolution of continental crust, and how have these changed throughout Earth history?
  • How are plate tectonics, the supercontinent cycle and mantle cooling linked with crustal evolution?
  • What are the rates of generation and destruction of the continental crust through time?
  • How representative is the preserved geological record?

A range of approaches are used to address these questions, including field-based studies, petrology and geochemistry, geophysical methods, palaeomagnetism, whole-rock and accessory-phase isotope chemistry and geochronology. Case studies range from the Eoarchaean to Phanerozoic, and cover many different cratons and orogenic belts from across the continents.

Published online 26/01/2015. Print copy published 17/02/2015.

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Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-375-2
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 362
Weight: 0.99 kg


ROBERTS, N. M. W., VAN KRANENDONK, M. J., PARMAN, S. & CLIFT, P. D. Continent formation through time

Geophysics and Numerical Modelling

O’NEILL, C., LENARDIC, A. & CONDIE, K. C. Earth’s punctuated tectonic evolution: cause and effect

BASTOW, I. D., EATON, D. W., KENDALL, J.-M., HELFFRICH, G., SNYDER, D. B., THOMPSON, D. A., WOOKEY, J., DARBYSHIRE, F. A. & PAWLAK, A. E. The Hudson Bay Lithospheric Experiment (HuBLE): insights into Precambrian plate tectonics and the development of mantle keels

PIPER, J. D. A. Supercontinent integrity between 0.8 and 0.6 Ga: the nemesis of Rodinia?

Geology and Geochemistry

VAN KRANENDONK, M. J., SMITHIES, R. H., GRIFFIN, W. L., HUSTON, D. L., HICKMAN, A. H., CHAMPION, D. C., ANHAEUSSER, C. R. & PIRAJNO, F. Making it thick: a volcanic plateau origin of Palaeoarchean continental lithosphere of the Pilbara and Kaapvaal cratons

NUTMAN, A. P., BENNETT, V. C. & FRIEND, C. R. L. The emergence of the Eoarchaean proto-arc: evolution of a c. 3700 Ma convergent plate boundary at Isua, southern West Greenland

DEY, S., NANDY, J., CHOUDHARY, A. K., LIU, Y.& ZONG, K. Neoarchaean crustal growth by combined arc–plume action: evidence from the Kadiri Greenstone Belt, eastern Dharwar craton, India

KLEINHANNS, I. C., FULLGRAF, T., WILSKY, F., NOLTE, N., FLIEGEL, D., KLEMD, R. & HANSEN, B. T. U–Pb zircon ages and (isotope) geochemical signatures of the Kamanjab Inlier (NW Namibia): constraints on Palaeoproterozoic crustal evolution along the southern Congo craton


ROBERTS, N.M.W. & SPENCER, C. J. The zircon archive of continent formation through time

CLAESSON, S., BIBIKOVA, E., SHUMLYANSKYY, L., DHUIME, B. & HAWKESWORTH, C. J. The oldest crust in the Ukrainian Shield – Eoarchaean U–Pb ages and Hf–Nd constraints from enderbites and metasediments

LANCASTER, P. J., STOREY, C. D. & HAWKESWORTH, C. J. The Eoarchaean foundation of the North Atlantic Craton

PETERSSON, A., SCHERSTE´N, A., ANDERSSON, J. & MöLLER, C. Zircon U–Pb and Hf – isotopes from the eastern part of the Sveconorwegian Orogen, SW Sweden: implications for the growth of Fennoscandia

BOEKHOUT, F., ROBERTS, N. M. W., GERDES, A. & SCHALTEGGER, U. A Hf-isotope perspective on continent formation in the south Peruvian Andes

HIESS, J., YI, K., WOODHEAD, J., IRELAND, T. & RATTENBURY, M. Gondwana margin evolution from zircon REE, O and Hf signatures of Western Province gneisses, Zealandia



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