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Geosciences 2013, 3(2), 311-330; doi:10.3390/geosciences3020311

Geodynamic Reconstructions of the Australides—1: Palaeozoic

Institute of Earth Science, University of Lausanne, Géopolis, Quartier Mouline, Lausanne CH–1015, Switzerland
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Received: 23 March 2013 / Revised: 29 April 2013 / Accepted: 13 May 2013 / Published: 4 June 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sedimentary Basins and Orogenic Belts)
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A full global geodynamical reconstruction model has been developed at the University of Lausanne over the past 20 years, and is used herein to re-appraise the evolution of the Australides from 600 to 200 Ma. Geological information of geodynamical interest associated with constraints on tectonic plate driving forces allow us to propose a consistent scenario for the evolution of Australia–Antarctica–proto-Pacific system. According to our model, most geodynamic units (GDUs) of the Australides are exotic in origin, and many tectonic events of the Delamerian Cycle, Lachlan SuperCycle, and New England SuperCycle are regarded as occurring off-shore Gondwana. View Full-Text
Keywords: Australia; Antarctica; Gondwana; Gondwanides; Australides; Palaeozoic; plate tectonics; geodynamic reconstructions Australia; Antarctica; Gondwana; Gondwanides; Australides; Palaeozoic; plate tectonics; geodynamic reconstructions

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Vérard, C.; Stampfli, G.M. Geodynamic Reconstructions of the Australides—1: Palaeozoic. Geosciences 2013, 3, 311-330.

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