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Circum-Arctic Lithosphere Evolution

Product Code: SP460
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by V. Pease and B. Coakley
Publication Date: 03 January 2018
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Special Publication 460

Selected articles available via Online First from the Lyell Collection. What is Online First?

The 5-year Circum-Arctic Lithosphere Evolution (CALE) program developed new constraints on the tectonic history of the central Amerasia basin of the Arctic Ocean. This volume is the final synthesis of the CALE program, which brought together an international team of scientists to develop integrated, multi-disciplinary understanding of the region. This approach, based on the integration of much new geological and geophysical data from onshore and offshore , is necessary to advance our understanding of this basin. Regional onshore-to-offshore transects are central to the 18 papers in this volume. The diverse science supporting these crust-to-mantle regional transects includes structural, geochronological, isotopic, potential fields, and seismic reflection and refraction data.  Four chapters present circum-Arctic investigations by the regional CALE teams. The final chapter addresses pan-Arctic themes. This unique collaboration, relying on new data and new syntheses of existing data sheds new light on the history of the Arctic Ocean.

Published online 08/01/2018. Print copies available from 03/01/2018.

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Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 9781786203236
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 476
Weight: 1.21 kg




PEASE, V. & COAKLEY, B. Circum-Arctic lithosphere evolution  


STEPHENSON, R., PIEPJOHN, K., SCHIFFER, C., VON GOSEN, W., OAKEY, G. N. & ANUDU, G. Integrated crustal–geological cross-section of Ellesmere Island  

SCHIFFER, C. & STEPHENSON, R. Regional crustal architecture of Ellesmere Island, Arctic Canada  

PIEPJOHN, K. & VON GOSEN, W. Structural transect through Ellesmere Island (Canadian Arctic): superimposed Palaeozoic Ellesmerian and Cenozoic Eurekan deformation 

Alaska and Chukotka

MILLER, E. L., MEISLING, K. E., AKININ, V. V., BRUMLEY, K., COAKLEY, B. J., GOTTLIEB, E. S., HOILAND C. W., O’BRIEN, T. M., SOBOLEVA, A. & TORO, J. Circum-Arctic Lithosphere Evolution (CALE) Transect C: displacement of the Arctic Alaska–Chukotka microplate towards the Pacific during opening of the Amerasia Basin of the Arctic  

HOILAND, C. W., MILLER, E. L., PEASE, V. & HOURIGAN, J. K. Detrital zircon U–Pb geochronology and Hf isotope geochemistry of metasedimentary strata in the southern Brooks Range: constraints on Neoproterozoic–Cretaceous evolution of Arctic Alaska  

PEASE, V., MILLER, E., WYLD, S. J., SOKOLOV, S., AKININ, V. & WRIGHT, J. E. U–Pb zircon geochronology of Cretaceous arc magmatism in eastern Chukotka, NE Russia, with implications for Pacific plate subduction and the opening of the Amerasia Basin  

GOTTLIEB, E. S., PEASE, V., MILLER, E. L. & AKININ, V. V. Neoproterozoic basement history of Wrangel Island and Arctic Chukotka: integrated insights from zircon U–Pb, O and Hf isotopic Studies   

MILLER, E. L., AKININ, V. V., DUMITRU, T. A., GOTTLIEB, E. S., GROVE, M., MEISLING, K. & SEWARD, G. Deformational history and thermochronology of Wrangel Island, East Siberian Shelf and coastal Chukotka, Arctic Russia  

Laptev Sea region

PIEPJOHN, K., LORENZ, H., FRANKE, D., BRANDES, C., VON GOSEN, W., GAEDICKE, C., LABROUSSE, L., SOBOLEV, N. N., SOLOBEV, P., SUAN, G., MRUGALLA, S., TALARICO, F. & TOLMACHEVA, T. Mesozoic structural evolution of the New Siberian Islands  

DRACHEV, S. S. & SHKARUBO, S. I. Tectonics of the Laptev Shelf, Siberian Arctic 

Barents/Kara shelf region

FALEIDE, J. I., PEASE, V., CURTIS, M., KLITZKE, P., MINAKOV, A., SCHECK-WENDEROTH, M., KOSTYUCHENKO, S. & ZAYONCHEK, A. Tectonic implications of the lithospheric structure across the Barents and Kara shelves   

ZHANG, X., PEASE, V., CARTER, A., KOSTUYCHENKO, S., SULEYMANOV, A. & SCOTT, R. Timing of exhumation and deformation across the Taimyr fold–thrust belt: insights from apatite fission track dating and balanced cross-sections  

ZHANG, X., PEASE, V., CARTER, A. & SCOTT, R. Reconstructing Palaeozoic and Mesozoic tectonic evolution of Novaya Zemlya: combing geochronology and thermochronology  

CURTIS, M. L., LOPEZ-MIR, B., SCOTT, R. A. & HOWARD, J. P. Early Mesozoic sinistral transpression along the Pai-Khoi–Novaya Zemlya fold–thrust belt, Russia  

MINAKOV, A., YARUSHINA, V., FALEIDE, J. I., KRUPNOVA, N., SAKOULINA, T., DERGUNOV, N. & GLEBOVSKY, V. Dyke emplacement and crustal structure within a continental large igneous province, northern Barents Sea  

KNUDSEN, C., HOPPER, J. R., BIERMAN, P. R., BJERAGER, M., FUNCK, T., GREEN, P. F., INESON, J. R., JAPSEN, P., MARCUSSEN, C., SHERLOCK, S. C. & THOMSEN, T. B. Samples from the Lomonosov Ridge place new constraints on the geological evolution of the Arctic Ocean  

Circum-Arctic themes

LEBEDEV, S., SCHAEFFER, A. J., FULLEA, J. & PEASE, V. Seismic tomography of the Arctic region: inferences for the thermal structure and evolution of the lithosphere  

SCHIFFER, C., TEGNER, C., SCHAEFFER, A. J., PEASE, V. & NIELSEN, S. B. High Arctic geopotential stress field and implications for geodynamic evolution  



Simon Kettle

The Special Publication Circum-Arctic Lithosphere Evolution delivers the state-of-the-art for circum-Arctic tectonics and lithosphere evolution. This publication is the place to understand the evolution of the lithosphere north of 66°N; it is the result of the Circum-Arctic Lithosphere Evolution (CALE) project.

This volume summarizes the findings of the CALE project, with the aim of bringing together the onshore and offshore geology to better understand the lithospheric evolution of the region and, more specifically, to develop a self-consistent set of constraints for the opening of the Amerasia Basin. These findings are presented in a geographic structure taking the reader around the Arctic by region (including Greenland & Arctic Canada, Alaska & Chukotka, the Laptev Sea, Siberia, Barents & Kara Sea) and finishing on the larger scale with pan-Arctic themes and further research ideas.

These individual papers synthesise both published and new data that make a significant contribution to the regional geology of the Arctic. Interestingly, onshore studies of Arctic islands, including Wrangel and New Siberian Islands, has shed light on the relationship between the lithospheric history of the area.

This publication contributes to the dating of the Lomonosov ridge—that unmistakable ridge visible on a bathymetric map of the Arctic Ocean, north of Greenland. It is discussed how the Lomonosov ridge is a slice of continental crust dividing the Eurasia and Ameriasia plates, where a sample-gathering expedition took place to analyse the sediments found therein. The analysis and their implications are discussed and indicate that the ridge was part of a major Mid-Ordovician orogenic event whilst forming part of the Caledonian belt. This paper provides a significant leap forward in the understanding of the tectonic evolution of the Arctic Ocean.

The papers in this Special Publication are the forefront in our knowledge of Arctic
tectonics and lithospheric evolution. The lithospheric structure and surface geology in most areas of the Arctic remain poorly defined and are therefore open for significant debate and plenty of exploratory science. The results of this project are necessary to complete our understanding of global tectonics by developing a consistent set of constraints on the opening of the Ameriasia basin.

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