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Geology of Southwest Gondwana

  • Siegfried Siegesmund
  • Miguel A. S. Basei
  • Pedro Oyhantçabal
  • Sebastian Oriolo
  • Presents state-of-the-art insights into the geological evolution of Southwest (SW) Gondwana

  • Offers a review of the accretion of South America and Southern Africa

  • Includes an updated contribution on the plate tectonics of South America and Southern Africa


Part of the Regional Geology Reviews book series (RGR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Paleomagnetism, Geophysics and Adamastor

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Miguel Angelo Stipp Basei, Hartwig Ernest Frimmel, Mario da Costa Campos Neto, Carlos Eduardo Ganade de Araujo, Neivaldo Araujo de Castro, Claudia Regina Passarelli
      Pages 63-85
  3. Old Continental Landmasses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Pedro Oyhantçabal, Carlos A. Cingolani, Klaus Wemmer, Siegfried Siegesmund
      Pages 89-105
    3. Denis Thiéblemont, Yannick Callec, Max Fernandez-Alonso, Frédéric Chène
      Pages 107-132
    4. Pedro Oyhantçabal, Sebastián Oriolo, Ruy Paulo Philipp, Klaus Wemmer, Siegfried Siegesmund
      Pages 161-188
    5. Claudia Regina Passarelli, Miguel Angelo Stipp Basei, Oswaldo Siga Jr., Ossama Mohamed Milah Harara
      Pages 189-215
    6. Hielke A. Jelsma, Steve McCourt, Samantha H. Perritt, Richard A. Armstrong
      Pages 217-239
  4. Neoproterozoic Fold Belts related to Western Gondwana Formation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-241
    2. Ruy Paulo Philipp, Marcio Martins Pimentel, Miguel Angelo Stipp Basei
      Pages 243-265
    3. Mathias Hueck, Pedro Oyhantçabal, Ruy Paulo Philipp, Miguel Angelo Stipp Basei, Siegfried Siegesmund
      Pages 267-302
    4. Ben Goscombe, David A. Foster, David Gray, Ben Wade
      Pages 303-352
    5. Hartwig Ernest Frimmel
      Pages 353-386
    6. Renata da Silva Schmitt, Rafael de Araújo Fragoso, Alan Stephen Collins
      Pages 411-432
    7. Mónica G. López de Luchi, Carmen I. Martínez Dopico, Klaus Wemmer, Siegfried Siegesmund
      Pages 433-466

About this book


This book highlights the geological evolution of Southwest (SW) Gondwana and presents state-of-the-art insights into its evolution. It summarizes the geological evolution of Southwest (SW) Gondwana, which comprises parts of South America, Africa, Madagascar, Antarctica, India and Australia and describes the diachronic assembly of continent fragments derived from the break-up of the Rodinia supercontinent during the Neoproterozoic–Cambrian transition. Reviews written by experts in the geology of key areas in the major Paleoproterozoic–Archean Cratons and Neoproterozoic Brasiliano (Pan-African) fold belts on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean enable readers to gain an in-depth understanding of the evolution of Southwest Gondwana. The book also provides a basis for reconstructing the tectonic regimes associated with the different stages that led to the establishment of Southwest Gondwana.


Geological evolution of South Africa Rodinia break-up Neoproterozoic Brasiliano fold belt Accreation of South America Paleoproterozoic-Archean Cratons

Editors and affiliations

  • Siegfried Siegesmund
    • 1
  • Miguel A. S. Basei
    • 2
  • Pedro Oyhantçabal
    • 3
  • Sebastian Oriolo
    • 4
  1. 1.GZG—Structural Geology and Geodynamics University of GöttingenGöttingenGermany
  2. 2.Geosciences InstituteUniversity of São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  3. 3.Departamento de Geodinámica InternaUniversidad de la RepúblicaMontevideoUruguay
  4. 4.GZG—Structural Geology and Geodynamics University of GöttingenGöttingenGermany

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“This book offers a treasure trove of comprehensive review papers and new material of high scientific standard covering all parts of Southwest Gondwana. The new information and tectonic models presented across the book provide a compelling view of the geological history of the blocks that make up Southwest Gondwana, both in Africa and South America, and their assembly into the sub-supercontinent. This is an essential resource for all researchers working on Gondwana.” (Bert De Waele, Journal of South American Earth Sciences, Vol. 93, August, 2019)

“This book is a thorough, robust and well-illustrated contribution on the ‘United Plates of Southwest Gondwana’ of high scientific standard that includes several new datasets and maps. This is a must read for all researchers, who carry out projects in this region.” (Bernd Lammerer, Gondwana Research, 2018)