European Lithosphere Dynamics

European Lithosphere Dynamics

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Europe provides an outstanding field laboratory for studying lithospheric processes through time, for tracing the tectonic evolution of crust and mantle from the present far back into the early Precambrian. Two things are particularly striking: the importance of plate tectonics during the Phanerozoic and through the Proterozic into the Archeaen, and the significance of tectonic inheritance, older structures and rheologies guiding the younger evolution. 'European Lithosphere Dynamics' grew out of a major European Science Foundation programme, EUROPROBE, with participation of many hundreds of Earth scientists from all over Europe. The main research activities focused on specific target areas and involved integration of geological, geophysical and geochemical methods. Defining surface-depth relationships was a prerequisite for interpretation of the processes, present and past, responsible for the formation of the lithosphere.1) a simple flow diagram showing the break-up and amalgamations of the major European terranes and their associated orogenies ... much of the period in different time slices (Cocks 2000; Cocks aamp; Torsvik 2002, 2004; Torsvik et al. ... of them in the landmark publication edited by McKerrow aamp; Scotese (1990) as well as in our own previous papers listed above. ... The chief terranes are labelled in Figure 2.

Title:European Lithosphere Dynamics
Author: D. G. Gee, Randell A. Stephenson
Publisher:Geological Society of America - 2006-01-01

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