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Proterozoic metamorphism in Tasmania: Implications for tectonic reconstructions


Berry, RF and Steele, DA and Meffre, SJM, Proterozoic metamorphism in Tasmania: Implications for tectonic reconstructions, Precambrian Research, 166, (1-4) pp. 387-396. ISSN 0301-9268 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.precamres.2007.05.004


Tasmania forms an enigmatic province within the Neoproterozoic history of Australia. While now part of Australia, it was closer to East Antarctica in the Cambrian. It also lies at the boundary between Australia and North America in most Rodinia reconstructions. The Tasmanian Proterozoic stratigraphy has some common features with South Australia but there are major differences. New chemical U-Th-Pb monazite dating demonstrates that Tasmania was metamorphosed at 1290 Ma and again at 920 Ma, and intruded by granitoids at 1050 Ma. These results and a compilation of other data relevant to the Proterozoic evolution of Tasmania are used to test several aspects of Rodinia reconstructions. The Mesoproterozoic tectonic history of Tasmania is similar to the Musgrave Block in central Australia. However, the best correlation of Proterozoic history for Tasmania is with the Transantarctic Mountains. We conclude that the Western Tasmanian Terrane rifted from the East Antarctic margin at 580 Ma and was trapped outboard of the Cambrian Ross-Delamerian Orogen. The Victoria Land-Transantarctic Mountains-Western Tasmania block has many similarities to southwest Laurentia and provides additional support for the AUSWUS reconstruction of Rodinia. © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Structural geology and tectonics
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
UTAS Author:Berry, RF (Associate Professor Ron Berry)
UTAS Author:Steele, DA (Dr David Steele)
UTAS Author:Meffre, SJM (Professor Sebastien Meffre)
ID Code:56615
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:51
Deposited By:Centre for Ore Deposit Research - CODES CoE
Deposited On:2009-05-18
Last Modified:2009-05-21

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