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GEO-4840 TECTONICS-S05. PART 1: LECTURES [ Wed 12-14 (16) ] 19/1 - 09/3. PART 2: STUDENT PROJECTS [ Presentations ] 13/4. PART 3: FIELD TEACHING [ Corsica ] end April. PART 4: FIELD REPORTS [ Hand in ] 11/5. PART 5: EVALUATION [PROJECTS, REPORTS & EXAM] 14/6.

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geo 4840 tectonics s05
GEO-4840 TECTONICS-S05

PART 1: LECTURES [Wed 12-14 (16)] 19/1 - 09/3

PART 2: STUDENT PROJECTS [Presentations] 13/4

PART 3: FIELD TEACHING [Corsica] end April

PART 4: FIELD REPORTS [Hand in] 11/5

PART 5: EVALUATION [PROJECTS, REPORTS & EXAM] 14/6

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GEO-4840 TECTONICS-S05

LECTURES:

Introduction and course content; Anatomy and tectonic processes

in mountain belts.

Main themes:

1) Material balance and properties

Uplift and subsidence.

Topography, crustal and lithospheric thicknesses/structure

2) Wilson cycle tectonics,

Ocean-continent transition,

Oceanic complexes, exotic terranes.

Ophiolite obduction, (Oman, Caledonian and Appalachian).

Andean margins,

Incipient continental collision, Australia - Banda Arc collision. 

Continental collision

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LECTURES (continued):

3) Examples of Continental collision zones:

The Himalayan-Tibetan region

The Caledonides, with emphasis on Scandinavia

Mediterranean 

4) From collision to extension,

Dynamics of orogenic wedges,

Exhumation,

Renewed rifting.

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Student projects (written and oral presentation):

All projects are related to the field-course/work/excursions.

The student seminar day will be Wed. 13. April

The Herzynian basement of Corsica ()

The main tectonic units of the Alps and their correlation

with Alpine Corsica. ()

The structural geology of Alpine Corsica, an overview ()

The high-pressure metamorphism of Alpine Corsica ()

5) Exhumation of high-pressure rocks in the transect from

Corsica to the Apennines in Italy ()

The Alpine ophiolitic rocks of Corsica ()

Formation of Pseudotachylytes ()

Formation of Olistostromes ()

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MOUNTAIN CHAINS ARE THE MOST IMPRESSIVE

VISIBLE TOPOGRAPHIC FEATURES ON THE

EARTH´S SURFACE

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The anatomy of mountain belts:

The product of complex interactions of thrusting and extension

accompanied by pro- and retrograde metamorphic reactions and

erosional denudation

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MOUNTAIN BELTS, OLD (at least from Mid Proterozoic) and YOUNG,

  • HAVE VERY SIMILAR INTERNAL STRUCTURES:
    • FORELAND
    • CONTINENTAL BASEMENT-CORED NAPPES
    • SUTURE WITH OCEANIC AND EXOTIC TERRANES
    • HINTERLAND / PLATEAU REGIONS
    • FORELAND
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Various

stages of

orogenic

maturity

along strike

Andean

margins

Foreland

flexure

Suture(s)

Common

internal

structure

of orogenic

belts (in

space and time)

Hinterland orogenic plateau

Foreland

basin

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Schematic view of stages in a classical Wilson cycle

5) Remnant stage

Continental collision, suture zones, deform-

ation and metamorphism, mountain building

Extensional collapse, faulting and collapse

basins

4) Terminal stage

Near closure of ocean, mature arcs and

back-arc, accreationary wedges, HP-LT

metamorphic complexes

(Mediterranean See area)

3) Vaning stage: Intra-oceanic subduction

and island arcs transition to Andean margins.

(SE Asia and Western Passific)

2) Mature stage Passive margins with large

shelf-areas (Atlantic Ocean)

1) Embryonic to Young stage.

Rifts to small ocean basin with sea-floor

spreading. (East African rift and Red Sea)

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ESTIMATES OF MISSING CONTINENTAL MATERIAL

Topography and erosional levels are taken into consideration:

Dewey et al. (1986) ca 1,2 x 104 km2

Le Pichon et al (1993)

Linear shortening between 1850 - 2600 km

Surface loss during the past 45 myr from 57 to 62 x 105 km2

Rate of surface loss: ≈ 1,1 x 10 km2 x 10-6yr

Arial deficit in sections ≈ 33 - 52 x 105 km2 (max)

18 - 30 x 105 km2 (min)

(Depends on estimates of original surface elevation)

WHAT IS THE EXPLANATIONS FOR THE DEFICIT?

erosion

India

Tarim

Present continental

crust

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The lateral extrusion model

For SE Asia

Tapponnier et al., 1982, 1986

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Fournier

Jolivet et al.

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2) VERTICAL TRANSPORT OF MATERIAL

(SUBDUCTION / EDUCTION)