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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 65 (1981)

Issue: 5. (May)

First Page: 929

Last Page: 930

Title: Plate Tectonic Evolution of Southern South America-Scotia Sea-Antarctica Area: ABSTRACT

Author(s): W. K. Gealey

Article Type: Meeting abstract


Jurassic, Cretaceous, and Tertiary stratigraphy is analyzed

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in relation to its plate tectonic significance. Based on the I. O. Norton-J. G. Sclater reconstructions for the breakup of southern Gondwana, a scheme is developed illustrating the plate tectonic evolution from Triassic to present that includes (1) opening of the south Atlantic-Indian Ocean areas, (2) the formation of a marginal basin in the southern Andes in Late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous and its subsequent destruction by arc-continent collision and attendant ophiolite obduction, and (3) interaction during the Tertiary of the convergent Pacific margin and a northward migrating RRR triple junction.

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