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Structure and Evolution of the Australian Continent

Structure and Evolution of the Australian Continent

Jean Braun (Editor), Jim Dooley (Editor), Bruce Goleby (Editor), Robert D. van der Hilst (Editor), Chris Klootwijk (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-67009-5

Mar 2013, American Geophysical Union

186 pages

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Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Geodynamics Series, Volume 26.

Recent geophysical, geochemical and geological studies have led to a much improved understanding of the structure and evolution of the Australian continent from its Archaean nuclei to its present-day morphology. This new wealth of information has raised additional questions on the continent's geological past, and has led to the formulation of new hypotheses on continental growth and dynamics which will serve to inspire further investigations. This volume compiles the most current geological and geophysical data pertaining to the formation and evolution of the Australian continent through geological time. Although the main focus of this monograph is the structure and evolution of the Australian continent, many of the observations and interpretations are discussed in a global framework and are relevant for studies of other continents.

J. Braun, J. C. Dooley, B. R. Goleby, R. D. van der Hilst, and C. T. Klootwijk iv

Secular Variation in the Composition of Subcontinental Lithospheric Mantle: Geophysical and Geodynamic Implications
W. L. Griffin, S. Y. O'Reilly, C. G. Ryan, O. Gaul, and D. A. Ionov 1

Hypotheses Relevan to Crustal Growth
A. L. Hales 27

Upper Mantle Structure beneath Australia from Portable Array Deployments
R. D. van der Hilst, B. L. N. Kennett, and T. Shibutani 39

Mapping of Geophysical Domains in the Australian Continental Crust Using Gravity and Magnetic Anomalies
P. Wellman 59

Complex Anisotropy in the Australian Lithosphere from Shear-wave  Splitting in Broad-band SKS  Records
G. Clitheroe and R.. D. van der Hilst 73

A Brief Review of Differences in Lithosphere Seismic Properties Under Western and Eastern            Australia Stimulated by Seismograms from the Marry at Creek Earthquakes of 1986
B. J. Drummond 79

Lithospheric Structure in Southeast Australia: a Model Based on Gravity, Geoid and Mechanical Analyses
Y. Zhang, E. Scheibner, B. E. Hobbs, A. Ord, B. J. Drummond, and S. J. D. Cox 89

The Mount Isa Geodynamic Transect-Crustal Implications
B. R. Goleby, T. MacCready, B. J. Drummond, and A. G. Goncharov 109

Intra-Crustal "Seismic Isostasy" in the Baltic Shield and Australian Precambrian Cratons from Deep Seismic Profiles and the Kolai Superdeep Bore Hole Data
A. G. Goncharov, M. D. Lizinsky , C. D. N. Collins, K. A. Kalnin, T. N. Fomin, B. D. Drummond, B. R. Goleby, and L. N. Platonenkova 119

Contrasting Styles of Lithospher Dice formation Along the Northern Margin of the Amadeus Basin, Central Australia
J. Braun and R. Shaw 139

Extension in the Fitzroy Trough, Western Australia: an Example of Reactivation Tectonics
J. Braun and R. Shaw 157

Granite-Greenstone Zircon U-Pb Chronology of the Gum Creek Greenstone Belt, Southern Cross    Province, Yilgarn Craton: Tectonic Implications
Q. Wang, J. Beeson, and J. H. Campbell  175