Arc-Continent Collision by Dennis Brown, Paul D. Ryan

By Dennis Brown, Paul D. Ryan

Arc-continent collision has been one of many vital tectonic techniques within the formation of mountain belts all through geological time, and it is still so this present day alongside tectonically lively plate barriers equivalent to these within the SW Pacific or the Caribbean. Arc-continent collision is assumed to were probably the most very important technique eager about the expansion of the continental crust over geological time, and will additionally play an immense position in its recycling again into the mantle through subduction. knowing the geological procedures that occur in the course of arc-continent collision is accordingly of significance for our realizing of the way collisional orogens evolve and the way the continental crust grows or is destroyed. moreover, zones of arc-continent collision are manufacturers of a lot of the worlds fundamental monetary wealth within the type of minerals, so knowing the approaches that ensue in the course of those tectonic occasions is of significance in modeling how this mineral wealth is shaped and preserved. This booklet brings jointly seventeen papers which are devoted to the research of the tectonic techniques that occur in the course of arc-continent collision. it really is divided into 4 sections that deal to start with with the most avid gamers keen on any arc-continent collision; the continental margin, the subduction region, and eventually the volcanic arc and its mineral deposits. the second one part offers 8 examples of arc-continent collisions that diversity from being presently lively via to Palaeoproterozoic in age. The 3rd part includes papers, person who bargains with the obduction of large-slab ophiolites and a moment that provides a variety of actual types of arc-continent collision. The fourth part brings every little thing that comes prior to jointly right into a dialogue of the techniques of arc-continent collision.

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Geology 17:173–176 Krawczyk CM (1995) Detachment tectonics during continental rifting off the west Iberia margin: seismic reflection and drilling constraints. Dissertation, University of Kiel, p 127 Krawczyk CM, Reston TJ, Beslier MO, Boillot G (1996) Evidence for detachment tectonics on the Iberia Abyssal Plain margin. In: Whitmarsh R, Sawyer D, Klaus A (eds) Proc ODP, Scientific Results 149, Ocean Drilling Program, College Station, TX, pp 603–615 Kusznir N, Karner G (2007) Continental lithospheric thinning and breakup in response to upwelling divergent mantle flow: application to the Woodlark, Newfoundland and Iberia margins.

Schmidt and Poli 1998). This process controls the shape and internal circulation pattern of a subduction channel. Widening of the subduction channel due to hydration of the hanging wall mantle results in the onset of forced return flow in the channel. This may explain why the association of high- and/or ultrahighpressure metamorphic rocks with more or less hydrated (serpentinized) mantle material is often characteristic for high-pressure metamorphic complexes. Complicated non-steady geometry of weak hydrated subduction channels (Figs.

1999). According to the most popular corner flow model (Hsu 1971; Cloos 1982; Cloos and Shreve 1988a, b; Shreve and Cloos 1986; Gerya et al. 2002), exhumation of highpressure metamorphic crustal slices at rates on the order of the plate velocity is driven by forced flow in a wedge-shaped subduction channel. Gerya et al. (2002) investigated numerically the self-organizing evolution of the accretionary wedge and the subduction channel during intra-oceanic subduction (Fig. 5). In this model the geometry of the accretionary wedge and the subduction channel are neither prescribed nor assumed to represent a steady state.

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