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Ross Sea Mylonites and the timimg of intracontinental extension within the West Antarctic rift system

Smith Siddoway, Christine; Baldwin, Suzanne; Fitzgerald, Paul G; Fanning, Christopher; Luyendyk, Bruce


There are few direct constraints on the timing and style of faulting in the Ross Sea sector of the West Antarctic rift system, although Cretaceous plate reconstructions indicate that Ross Sea extension between East and West Antarctica occurred prior to breakup of the Gondwana margin ca. 80 Ma. Mylonitic gneisses dredged from the eastern Ross Sea indicate shear-zone deformation considerably earlier, at 98-95 Ma. Strain analysis of fabrics indicates 85%-100% extension. Overprinting brittle...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
Source: Geology
DOI: 10.1130/G20005.1


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