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Supercontinents, Orogenesis and Magmatism

Product Code: SP542
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by R.D. Nance, R.A. Strachan, C. Quesada and S. Lin
Publication Date: 24 April 2024
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Special Publication 542

This volume is a tribute to the career of J. Brendan Murphy and features papers by over 100 authors from countries all over the world: a testament to the high-profile and far-reaching influence of Brendan’s work. The topics covered fall into three broad categories that encompass Brendan’s main fields of influence: (1) supercontinents and the supercontinent cycle, including reconstructions and modelling; (2) orogenesis and terranes, with a focus on the Appalachian–Variscan and Central Asian orogenic belts and the oceans with which they are associated; and (2) magmatism and magmatic processes, centring on the geochemistry and isotopic compositions of magmas in arc and rift setting. Like Brendan’s own research, the scope of the papers spans the globe and ranges from strongly field-based studies to conceptual analyses. All of the articles, however, are focused on unravelling some critical aspect of geology or aimed at clarifying some crucial geological process. Hence, they also share a theme common to Brendan’s many contributions in emphasizing the importance of process-oriented research.

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Published online on the Lyell Collection 23 April 2024

Type: Book
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Thirteen Digit ISBN: 9781786205995
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 816
Weight: 1.8 kg


Martin, E.L., Cawood, P.A., Murphy, J.B., Nance, R.D. and Heron, P.J. 2023. The tectonics of introversion and extroversion: redefining interior and exterior oceans in the supercontinent cycle.

Johnston, S.T., Lahtinen, R., Saumur, B.M. and Guarnieri, P. 2023. Reconstructing the Paleoproterozoic Heart of Nuna, from Fennoscandia to Northeastern Laurentia.

Dalziel, I.W.D. 2023. Rodinia Palaeogeography: Laurentia as the geological ‘Key’.

Slagstad, T. and Kulakov, E.V. 2023. Rodinia without Baltica? Constraints from Sveconorwegian orogenic style and palaeomagnetic data.

Heron, P.J., Gün, E. et al. 2023. The role of subduction in the formation of Pangaean oceanic large igneous provinces.

Dang, Z., Zhang, N., Li, Z.-X. and Yan, P. 2023. Pangaea's breakup: the roles of mantle plumes, orogens and subduction retreat.

Keppie, J.D. and Keppie, D.F. 2023. Review and tectonic interpretation of Precambrian Avalonia.

Keppie, J.D., Keppie, D.F. and Landing, E. 2023. A tectonic solution for the Early Cambrian palaeogeographical enigma.

Landing, E., Webster, M. and Bowser, S.S. 2023. Terminal Ediacaran–Late Ordovician evolution of the NE Laurentia palaeocontinent: rift–drift–onset of Taconic Orogeny, sea-level change and ‘Hawke Bay’ onlap (not offlap). Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 542,

Hamilton, M.A., Álvaro, J.J. et al. 2023. U–Pb zircon ages from tuffaceous beds in the Terreneuvian to Cambrian Series 2 sections of southern New Brunswick, Canada: new constraints on chronostratigraphic correlations and the Cambrian time scale.

Zagorevski, A., van Staal, C.R. and Joyce, N.L. 2023. The provenance and tectonic history of Dashwoods and the associated Baie Verte Margin during the Ordovician to Silurian.

Piette-Lauzière, N., Larson, K.P., Kellett, D.A., Harris, L., Cleven, N. and Rogers, N. 2023a. Late Devonian syntaxis in the Northern Appalachian Orogen

Piette-Lauzière, N., Larson, K.P., Kellett, D.A., Rogers, N. and Powel, J. 2023b. Late Devonian shear zone reactivation in the Canadian Appalachian Orogen

Dennis, A.J., Shervais, J.W. and Maher, H.D., Jr 2023. Structural inheritance in Carolinia, external to the excised Rheic suture: Savannah River Site, South Carolina, USA.

Franke, W. 2023. The Rheic Riddle: ocean closed, but no orogen.

Villeneuve, M., Gärtner, A., Mueller, P.A., Guillou, O. and Linnemann, U. 2023. Colliding cratons: linking the Variscan Orogeny in West Africa and North America .

Zieger, J., Zieger-Hofmann, M., Gärtner, A. and Linnemann, U. 2023. Variscan zircons everywhere? Multi-stage sedimentary recycling in Central Europe .

Linnemann, U., Zweig, M. et al. 2023. The Harz Mountains (Germany) – Cadomia meets Avalonia and Baltica: U–Pb ages of detrital and magmatic zircon as a key for the decoding of Pangaea’s central suture.

Casas, J.M., Sánchez-García, T. et al. 2023. Extent and significance of the Upper Ordovician felsic volcanism in the Pyrenees and Mouthoumet massifs, SW Europe.

Álvaro, J.J., Sánchez-García, T. and Casas, J.M. 2023. The Cambrian Atlas – Ossa–Morena – North Armorican Rift, West Gondwana: along- and off-axis, stratigraphic and volcano-tectonic patterns.

Arenas, R., Vérard, C. et al. 2023. Cadomia origins: paired Ediacaran ophiolites from the Iberian Massif, the opening and closure record of peri-Gondwanan basins.

Díez Fernández, R., Novo-Fernández, I., Moreno-Martín, D., Arenas, R., Rojo-Pérez, E., Martín Parra, L.M. and Matas, J. 2023. Exhumation of high-pressure rocks: role of late faulting (Eastern Ossa–Morena Complex, Iberian Massif).

Dias da Silva, Í., Pereira, M.F. et al. 2023. The influence of synorogenic extension on the crustal architecture of North Gondwana during the assembly of Pangaea (Ossa–Morena Zone, SW Iberia).

Dan, W., Yu, Z.-W., Wang, Q., Tang, G.-J., Zhang, X.-Z. and Wang, J. 2023b. Origin of the Songpan-Garzê terrane, Tibetan Plateau: a view from the Palaeo-Tethys Ocean.

Hong, T., van Staal, C., Lin, S., Santos, G.S. and Wang, K. 2023. Evolving Permian magmatism associated with arc migration in the southern Beishan Orogenic Collage, Central Asian orogenic belt, NW China.

Lin, S. and Wang, L. et al. 2023. The early Paleozoic Wuyi–Yunkai orogeny in South China: a collisional orogeny with a major lag in time between onset of collision and peak metamorphism in subducted continental crust.

Xia, Y., Wang, L. et al. 2023. Metamorphic P–T–t evolution deciphered from episodic monazite growth in granulites of the Chencai Complex and implications for the Early Paleozoic Orogeny, West Cathaysia terrane, South China.

van Rooyen, D., Sappin, A-A., Corrigan, D., Rayner, N. and Houlé, M.G. 2023. The Corrugated Hills Continental Flood Basalt: a c. 2.17 Ga flood basalt province related to breakup of the Superior craton . Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 542,

Archibald, D.B., Murphy, J.B. and Creaser, R.A. 2023. The genetic relationship between coeval Ediacaran mafic and granitoid plutons in the Antigonish Highlands, Nova Scotia.

Pe-Piper, G. and Piper, D.J.W. 2023. Late Paleozoic igneous rocks at Clarke Head, Nova Scotia: magmatism at an arc to back-arc transition.

Rojo-Pérez, E., Arenas, R., Fuenlabrada, J.M., Novo-Fernández, I., Sánchez Martínez, S., Moreno-Martín, D. and Díez Fernández, R. 2023. Lower Cambrian magmatism in the SW Iberian sector of the African-Gondwana margin: geochemical and isotopic keys to incipient tectonic switching.

Cousens, B.L., Timm, C. et al. 2023. Isotopic and geochemical characteristics of mid- to-late-Miocene continental and oceanic arc volcanic and intrusive rocks, central North Island and offshore, New Zealand.





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