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Neoproterozoic-Cambrian Tectonics, Global Change and Evolution: A Focus on South Western Gondwana

Series: Developments in Precambrian Geology Volume: 16

Edited By: Claudio Gaucher, Alcides N Sial, Galen P Halverson and Hartwig E Frimmel

498 pages, illus


Hardback | Oct 2009 | #186587 | ISBN-13: 9780444532497
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The book deals with the record of important Neoproterozoic to early Palaeozoic events in southwestern Gondwana, that heralded the Cambrian explosion and the dawn of modern ecosystems. It contains a detailed account of the Neoproterozoic to Cambrian geological record in a poorly-known part of the world, which is at the same time key to understanding fundamental processes at the Proterozoic-Cambrian transition.



PART 1 Introduction

1. The Neoproterozoic and Cambrian: a Time of Upheavals, Extremes, and Innovations (C. Gaucher, A.N. Sial, G.P. Halverson, and H.E. Frimmel)


PART 2 Neoproterozoic-Cambrian Evolution of the Amazonian Palaeocontinent

2. The Amazonian Palaeocontinent (C. J.S. de Alvarenga, P.C. Boggiani, M. Babinski, M.A.Dardenne, M. Figueiredo, R.V.Santos, and E.L. Dantas)

PART 3 Neoproterozoic-Cambrian Evolution of the Sao Francisco Palaeocontinent

3. The S o Francisco Palaeocontinent (A.N. Sial, M.A. Dardenne, A. Misi, A.J. Pedreira, C. Gaucher, V.P. Ferreira, M.A. Silva Filho, A. Uhlein, A.C. Pedrosa-Soares, R.V. Santos, M. Egydio-Silva, M. Babinski, C.J.S. Alvarenga, T.R. Fairchild, and M.M. Pimentel)

PART 4 Neoproterozoic-Cambrian Evolution of the Rio de la Plata Palaeocontinent

4.1. Extension and General Evolution of the R o de la Plata Craton (J. Bossi,and C. Cingolani). 4.2. Lithostratigraphy (D.G. Poire, and C. Gaucher). 4.3. Biostratigraphy (C. Gaucher,and D.G. Poire). 4.4. Chemostratigraphy (C. Gaucher, A.N. Sial, D.G. Poire L. Gomez Peral, V.P. Ferreira, and M.M. Pimentel). 4.5. Palaeoclimatic Events (C. Gaucher, and D.G. Poire). 4.6. Palaeogeography (C. Gaucher, J. Bossi, and G. Blanco)

PART 5 Neoproterozoic to Early Palaeozoic Evolution of Southwestern Africa

5.1. Configuration of Pan-African Orogenic Belts in Southwestern Africa (H.E. Frimmel). 5.2. Continental Rifting (H.E. Frimmel). 5.3. Passive Continental Margin Evolution (R.McG. Miller, H.E. Frimmel, and G.P. Halverson). 5.4. Syn- to Late-Orogenic Sedimentary Basins of Southwestern Africa (G.J.B. Germs, R.McG. Miller, H.E. Frimmel, and C. Gaucher). 5.5. Orogenic Tectono-Thermal Evolution (T.M. Will, R.McG. Miller, and H.E. Frimmel). 5.6. Syn- to Post-Orogenic Magmatism (R.McG. Miller,and H.E. Frimmel). 5.7. Mineral Deposits (H.E. Frimmel,and R.McG. Miller). 5.8. Geodynamic Synthesis of the Damara Orogen sensu lato (R.McG. Miller, H.E. Frimmel,and T.M. Will)

PART 6 Neoproterozoic-Cambrian Evolution of the Pampean Orogen

6. The Pampean Orogen: Ediacaran-Lower Cambrian Evolutionary History of Central and Northwest Region of Argentina (F.G. Ace olaza, and A. Toselli)

PART 7 Microcontimnents and Suspect Terranes

7.1. The Paranapanema Lithospheric Block: Its Nature and Role in the Accretion of Gondwana (M.S.M. Mantovani, and B.B. Brito Neves). 7.2. The Evolution and Tectonic Setting of the Luis Alves Microplate of Southeastern Brazil: an Exotic Terrane during the Assembly of Western Gondwana (M.A.S. Basei, A. Nutman, O. Siga Junior, C.R. Passarelli, and C.O. Drukas)


PART 8 Palaeogeographic Evolution from Rodinia to Gondwana

8. Tectonic Events and Palaeogeographic Evolution of Southwestern Gondwana in the Neoproterozoic and Cambrian (C. Gaucher, H.E. Frimmel, and G.J.B. Germs)

PART 9 Neoproterozoic-Cambrian Biota

9.1. Neoproterozoic Acritarch Evolution (C. Gaucher, and P. Sprechmann). 9.2. Skeletonised Metazoans and Protists (C. Gaucher, and G.J.B.Germs). 9.3. Trace Fossils and the Agronomic Revolution at the Neoproterozoic-Cambrian Transition in Southwest Gondwana (G.F. Acenolaza, G.J.B.Germs, and F.G. Acenolaza)

PART 10 Neoproterozoic-Cambrian Biochemical Evolution

10. Neoproterozoic-Cambrian Biogeochemical Evolution (G.P. Halverson, M.T. Hurtgen, S.M. Porter, and A.S. Collins)

PART 11 Neoproterozoic-Cambrian Palaeoclimatic Events

11.1. Neoproterozoic to Cambrian Palaeoclimatic Events in Southwestern Gondwana (A.J. Kaufman, A.N. Sial, H.E. Frimmel, and A. Misi). 11.2. Neoproterozoic Glacial Events in Eurasia (N.M Chumakov)

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