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Geology of the USSR: A Plate-Tectonic Synthesis

Geology of the USSR: A Plate-Tectonic Synthesis

Lev P. Zonenshain (Editor), Michael I. Kuzmin (Editor), Lev M. Natapov (Editor), Benjamin M. Page (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-66988-4

Mar 2013, American Geophysical Union

242 pages

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Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Geodynamics Series, Volume 21.

The Soviet Union includes about one-seventh of the land area on Earth, and Soviet geologists most likely number more than one-seventh of the world's geologists. Moreover, Soviet geologists are probably considerably more familiar with the geological literature of North America and western Europe than the geologists from those regions are with the literature of the Soviet Union.

General summaries of Soviet geology in English have been available, but they are fairly old by now and do not reflect the more recent theoretical developments in the science, in particular the plate-tectonic paradigm. Zonenshain, Kuzmin, and Natapov have mastered that paradigm and are thoroughly familiar with its ramifications; between them they are also familiar with most parts of their vast country.

Foreward  xiii

Abstract  xv

Introduction  xvii

Acknowledgements  xvii

Chapter I - Tectonic Framework  1

Chapter II - East European Platform  3

Chapter III- Siberian Platform  17

Chapter IV - Uralian Foldbelt  27

Chapter V - Central Asian Foldbelt, Western Part: Central Kazakhstan and Tien Shan  55

Chapter VI - Central Asian Foldbelt, Eastern Part: Altay-Sayan Region and Baikal Upland  73

Chapter VII - Mongol-Okhotsk Foldbelt 97

Chapter VIII- S ikhote-Alin Sakhalin Foldbelt 109

Chapter IX - Foldbelts of the Northeast USSR, Taimyr and the Arctic 121

Chapter X - Koryak-Kamchatka Foldbelt 148

Chapter XI - Alpine-Himalayan Foldbelt Within the USSR 167

Chapter XII- Late Paleozoic and Mesozoic-Cenozoic Sedimentary Basins  197

Chapter XIII - Recent Plate Tectonics 200

Chapter XIV - Summary of the Tectonic Development of the USSR Territory  206

Precambrian history  206

Conclusions  224