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Australo-Antarctica in Gondwana: a view from the edge


Halpin, JA and Daczko, NR and Whittaker, JM and Fitzsimmons, ICW, Australo-Antarctica in Gondwana: a view from the edge, Programs and Abstracts, Rodinia 2017 Conference, 11-14 June 2017, Townsville, Australia, pp. 7-8. (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Plate reconstructions that consider Neoproterozoic (770-750 Ma) paleomagnetic data from India and Australia imply significant (∼3000-5000 km) relative displacement between these continents before they reached their unified Gondwana fit by ∼540 Ma (Fig. 1; e.g., Li et al., 2013). Therefore, these models require a plate boundary (or boundaries) between Neoproterozoic India and Australia, with or without accreted terranes that may have been in between. The inferred plate boundary must also penetrate East Antarctica, separating the Indo-Antarctic and Australo-Antarctic blocks. However, there is considerable flexibility around the magnitude of displacement, as well as the nature of the motion, depending on: (1) the Euler pole selected using the 95% confidence level ellipses of the paleomagnetic data, and (2) the location and geometry of the plate boundary. These constraints have implications for the width of a pre-Gondwanan ocean basin between Indo-Antarctica and Australo-Antarctica, the timing of collision along the margin, and the tectonic style expected to be recorded in the rocks.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:Antarctica, Gondwana, plate boundary
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Geochronology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
UTAS Author:Halpin, JA (Dr Jacqueline Halpin)
UTAS Author:Whittaker, JM (Associate Professor Jo Whittaker)
ID Code:131202
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Oceans and Cryosphere
Deposited On:2019-03-06
Last Modified:2019-03-06

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