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Crustal Cross Sections from the Western North American Cordillera and Elsewhere: Implications for Tectonic and Petrologic Processes

Product Code: USPE456
Series: GSA Special Papers
Author/Editor: Edited by Robert B. Miller and Arthur W. Snoke
Publication Date: 21 September 2009
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GSA Special Paper 456

Exposed crustal cross sections provide a unique direct view of continental crust, and are a major source of insights into variations in lithologic and geochemical composition, structural style, metamorphism, plutonism, and rheology with progressive depth through the crust. This volume provides a synthesis of crustal cross sections with a special emphasis on Phanerozoic sections from the western North American Cordillera, supplemented by articles on lower- and mid-crustal sections through Proterozoic crust in North America and Australia, and the classic crustal section of Fiordland, New Zealand. Many of the papers describe multidisciplinary research on crustal sections and include data from various combinations of structural analysis, geochemistry, geothermobarometry, geochronology, geophysics, and other disciplines. The volume also discusses common problems for the interpretation of crustal cross sections, including how sections that expose deep-crustal rocks are eventually exhumed, and leading to the conclusion that there is no simple “standard model” for continental crust. This volume will be useful to those interested in structural geology, tectonics, geodynamics, regional geology, petrology, geochemistry/isotope geology, and geophysics.

 

Type: Book
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Thirteen Digit ISBN: 9780813724560
Publisher: GSA
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 286
Weight: 1.10 kg

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Acknowledgments

The utility of crustal cross sections in the analysis of orogenic processes in contrasting tectonic settings, R.B. Miller and A.W. Snoke
Petrology and geochronology of crustal xenoliths from the Bering Strait region: Linking deep and shallow processes in extending continental crust, V.V. Akinin, E.L. Miller, and J.L. Wooden
Construction and evolution of the Kodiak Talkeetna arc crustal section, southern Alaska, D.W. Farris
Mid-Cretaceous–Recent crustal evolution in the central Coast orogen, British Columbia and southeastern Alaska, M.L. Crawford, K.A. Klepeis, G.E. Gehrels, and J. Lindline
Plutonism at different crustal levels: Insights from the ~5–40 km (paleodepth) North Cascades crustal section, Washington, R.B. Miller, S.R. Paterson, and J.P. Matzel
Granulite- to amphibolite-facies metamorphism and penetrative deformation in a disrupted ophiolite, Klamath Mountains, California: A deep view into the basement of an accreted oceanic arc, S.R. Garlick, L.G. Medaris Jr., A.W. Snoke, J.J. Schwartz, and S.M. Swapp
Mesozoic magmatism in an upper- to middle-crustal section through the Cordilleran continental margin arc, eastern Transverse Ranges, California, S.K. Needy, J.L. Anderson, J.L. Wooden, R.J. Fleck, A.P. Barth, S.R. Paterson, V. Memeti, and G.S. Pignotta
Perspectives on the architecture of continental crust from integrated field studies of exposed isobaric sections, M.L. Williams, K.E. Karlstrom, G. Dumond, and K.H. Mahan
Evolution of the middle and lower continental crust during the transition from contraction to extension in Fiordland, New Zealand, K.A. Klepeis and D.S. King
A granulite-facies normal shear zone exposed in the Arunta inlier of central Australia: Implications for deep-crustal deformation during oblique divergence, C. Waters-Tormey, L.B. Goodwin, B. Tikoff, K. Staffier, and P. Kelso

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