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GS SP 357 - The Formation and Evolution of Africa: A Synopsis of 3.8 Ga of Earth History

Edited by D.J.J. van Hinsbergen, S.J.H. Buiter, T.H. Torsvik, C. Gaina and S.J. Webb


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The African continent preserves a long geological record that covers almost 75% of Earth's history. The Pan-African orogeny (c. 600-500 Ma) brought together old continental kernels (West Africa, Congo, Kalahari, and Tanzania) to form Gondwana and subsequently the supercontinent Pangaea by the late Palaeozoic. The break-up of Pangaea since the Jurassic and Cretaceous, primarily through opening of the Central Atlantic, Indian, and South Atlantic oceans, in combination with the complicated subduction history to the north, gradually shaped the African continent.

A Synopsis of 3.8 Ga of Earth History, this volume contains 18 contributions that discuss the geology of Africa from the Archaean to the present day. It celebrates African geology in two ways: first, it highlights multidisciplinary Earth science research by viewing the formation and evolution of Africa from 18 different angles; second, it celebrates the work of Kevin Burke and Lewis Ashwal and portrays the wide range of interests and research angles that have characterized these two scientists throughout their careers, working in Africa, and studying African geology.

Geological Society of London Special Publication 357
Product Code:1189
Publisher:Geological Society of London
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ISBN:978-1-86239-335-6
Media:hardcover
Pages:378

 

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