Ancient Supercontinents and the Paleogeography of Earth

Ancient Supercontinents and the Paleogeography of Earth
Author: Lauri J. J Pesonen,Johanna Salminen,Sten-Ake Elming,David A.D. A.D. Evans,Toni Veikkolainen
Publsiher: Elsevier
Total Pages: 664
Release: 2021-10-06
Genre: Science
ISBN: 9780128185346

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Ancient Supercontinents and the Paleogeography of Earth offers a systematic examination of Precambrian cratons and supercontinents. Through detailed maps of drift histories and paleogeography of each continent, this book examines topics related to Earth’s tectonic evolution prior to Pangea, including plate kinematics, orogenic development, and paleoenvironments. Additionally, this book discusses the methodologies used, principally paleomagnetism and tectonostratigraphy, and addresses geophysical topics of mantle dynamics and geodynamo evolution over billions of years. Structured clearly with consistent coverage for Precambrian cratons, this book combines state-of-the-art paleomagnetic and geochronologic data to reconstruct the paleogeography of the Earth in the context of major climatic events such as global glaciations. It is an ideal, up-to-date reference for geoscientists and geographers looking for answers to questions surrounding the tectonic evolution of Earth. Provides robust paleogeographies of Precambrian cratons based on high-quality paleomagnetic and geochronologic data and critically tested by global geological datasets Includes links to updated databases for the Precambrian such as PALEOMAGIA and the Global Paleomagnetic Database (GPMDB) Presents full-color maps of the drift histories of each continent as well as their paleogeographies Discusses key questions regarding continental drift, the supercontinent cycle, and the geomagnetic dipole hypothesis and analyzes palaeography in the context of Earth’s holistic evolution

Earth History and Palaeogeography

Earth History and Palaeogeography
Author: Trond H. Torsvik,L. Robin M. Cocks
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2017
Genre: Science
ISBN: 9781107105324

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This book provides a complete Phanerozoic story of palaeogeography, using new and detailed full-colour maps, to link surface and deep-Earth processes.

The Changing Face of the Earth

The Changing Face of the Earth
Author: Bruno Vrielynck,Philippe Bouysse
Publsiher: UNESCO
Total Pages: 38
Release: 2003
Genre: Continental drift
ISBN: MSU:31293027564503

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Some 250 million years ago, at the beginning of the Mesozoic era, the world's continents were grouped into a single supercontinent known as Pangaea. This publication contains information on the key stages in the break-up of this supercontinent into the geological face of the Earth as we know it today. It includes 11 maps, based on recent scientific work, with explanatory notes, a glossary of terms and a CD-ROM of the map images in bmp, tiff, pict and powerpoint formats.

The Continental Drift Controversy

The Continental Drift Controversy
Author: Henry R. Frankel
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 493
Release: 2012-04-26
Genre: Science
ISBN: 9780521875066

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This book describes the expansion of the land-based paleomagnetic case for drifting continents and recounts the golden age of marine geoscience.

Analysis of Geological Structures

Analysis of Geological Structures
Author: Neville J. Price,John W. Cosgrove
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 524
Release: 1990-08-16
Genre: Science
ISBN: 0521319587

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A knowledge of structural geology is fundamental to understanding the processes by which the earth's crust has evolved. It is a subject of fundamental importance to students of geology, experienced field geologists and academic researchers as well as to petroleum and mining engineers. In contrast to many structural textbooks which dwell upon geometrical descriptions of geological structures, this book emphasises mechanical principles and the way in which they can be used to understand how and why a wide range of geological structures develop. Structures on all scales are considered but the emphasis of the book is on those that can be seen on the scale of hand specimen or outcrop. Drawing on their considerable teaching experience the authors present a coherent and lucid analysis of geological structures which will be welcomed by a wide variety of earth scientists.

Supercontinent Cycles Through Earth History

Supercontinent Cycles Through Earth History
Author: Z.X. Li,D.A.D. Evans,J.B. Murphy
Publsiher: Geological Society of London
Total Pages: 298
Release: 2016-05-20
Genre: Science
ISBN: 9781862397330

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The supercontinent-cycle hypothesis attributes planetary-scale episodic tectonic events to an intrinsic self-organizing mode of mantle convection, governed by the buoyancy of continental lithosphere that resists subduction during the closure of old ocean basins, and the consequent reorganization of mantle convection cells leading to the opening of new ocean basins. Characteristic timescales of the cycle are typically 500 to 700 million years. Proposed spatial patterns of cyclicity range from hemispheric (introversion) to antipodal (extroversion), to precisely between those end members (orthoversion). Advances in our understanding can arise from theoretical or numerical modelling, primary data acquisition relevant to continental reconstructions, and spatiotemporal correlations between plate kinematics, geodynamic events and palaeoenvironmental history. The palaeogeographic record of supercontinental tectonics on Earth is still under development. The contributions in this Special Publication provide snapshots in time of these investigations and indicate that Earth’s palaeogeographic record incorporates elements of all three end-member spatial patterns.

Laurentia

Laurentia
Author: Steven J. Whitmeyer,Michael L. Williams,Dawn A. Kellett,Basil Tikoff
Publsiher: Geological Society of America
Total Pages: 824
Release: 2023-01-04
Genre: Science
ISBN: 9780813712208

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"This Memoir focuses on 7 'turning points' that had specific and lasting impacts on Laurentian evolution: The Neoarchean, characterized by cratonization; the Paleoproterozoic and the initial assembly of Laurentia; the Mesoproterozoic southern margin of Laurentia; the Midcontinent rift and the Grenville orogeny; (5) the Neoproterozoic breakup of Rodinia; the mid-Paleozoic phases of the Appalachian-Caledonian orogen; and the Jurassic-Paleogene assembly of the North American Cordillerar"--

Regional Geology and Tectonics Principles of Geologic Analysis

Regional Geology and Tectonics  Principles of Geologic Analysis
Author: David G. Roberts,A.W. Bally
Publsiher: Elsevier
Total Pages: 908
Release: 2012-03-26
Genre: Science
ISBN: 9780444530424

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Expert petroleum geologists David Roberts and Albert Bally bring you Regional Geology and Tectonics: Principles of Geologic Analysis, volume one in a three-volume series covering Phanerozoic regional geology and tectonics. It has been written to provide you with a detailed overview of geologic rift systems, passive margins, and cratonic basins, it features the basic principles necessary to grasping the conceptual approaches to hydrocarbon exploration in a broad range of geological settings globally. Named a 2013 Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association's Choice publication A "how-to" regional geology primer that provides a detailed overview of tectonics, rift systems, passive margins, and cratonic basins The principles of regional geological analysis and the main geological and geophysical tools are discussed in detail. The tectonics of the world are captured and identified in detail through a series of unique geographic maps, allowing quick access to exact tectonic locations. Serves as the ideal introductory overview and complementary reference to the core concepts of regional geology and tectonics offered in volumes two and three in the series.