Paleomagnetic Rotations and Continental Deformation

  • Catherine Kissel
  • Carlo Laj

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 254)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. D. Mckenzie, J. Jackson
    Pages 17-31
  3. C. Kissel, C. Laj, A. Poisson, K. Simeakis
    Pages 115-129
  4. C. Simeakis, J. L. Mercier, P. Vergely, C. Kissel
    Pages 131-143
  5. P. R. Cobbold, J. P. Brun, P. Davy, G. Fiquet, C. Basile, D. Gapais
    Pages 145-155
  6. P. Choukroune
    Pages 165-180
  7. A. Nur, H. Ron, O. Scotti
    Pages 209-228
  8. T. H. Torsvik, B. A. Sturt, D. M. Ramsay, A. Grønlie, D. Roberts, M. Smethurst et al.
    Pages 431-457
  9. C. Laj, P. Mitouard, P. Roperch, C. Kissel, T. Mourier, F. Megard
    Pages 489-511
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 513-516

About this book


One of the most interesting results obtained in the last two decades in the study of crustal deformation has been the recognition that large regions of continental crust undergo rotations about vertical axis during deformation. Proof of such rotations has come through the paleomagnetic studies, which reveal rotations when paleomagnetic declinations within the deforming region arc compared with those found in coeval rocks in the stable regions outside the deforming zone. Such rotations were first described in Oregon then in the North American Cordilleras and in Southern California and were a surprise to everyone. Even in California which, as a result of oil exploration, was among the best geologically explored regions in the world, no one could claim to have predicted that these rotations would be found. Rotations have subsequently been found in other areas of recent continental tectonic activity, notably in the Basin and Range province, New Zealand, the Andes, Greece and Western Turkey, so that they appear as an important feature of continental deformation.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Catherine Kissel
    • 1
  • Carlo Laj
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre des Faibles RadioactivitésLaboratoire mixte CNRS/CEAGif-sur-YvetteFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6878-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-0869-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-2185
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