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ADMAP — A Digital Magnetic Anomaly Map of the Antarctic

  • Alexander GolynskyAffiliated withVNIIOkeangeologia
  • , Massimo ChiappiniAffiliated withINGV
  • , Detlef DamaskeAffiliated withBundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe, BGR
  • , Fausto FerraccioliAffiliated withDIPTERIS Università di Genova
  • , Carol A. FinnAffiliated withU.S. Geological Survey
  • , Takemi IshiharaAffiliated withGeological Survey of Japan
  • , Hyung Rae KimAffiliated withOhio State University
  • , Luis KovacsAffiliated withNRL
  • , Valery N. MasolovAffiliated withPMGRE
    • , Peter MorrisAffiliated withBritish Antarctic Survey, BAS
    • , Ralph von FreseAffiliated withOhio State University

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For a number of years the multi-national ADMAP working group has been compiling near surface and satellite magnetic data in the region south of 60° S. By the end of 2000, a 5 km grid of magnetic anomalies was produced for the entire region. The map readily portrays the first-order magnetic differences between oceanic and continental regions. The magnetic anomaly pattern over the continent reflects many phases of geological history whilst that over the abyssal plains of the surrounding oceans is dominated mostly by patterns of linear seafloor spreading anomalies and fracture zones. The Antarctic compilation reveals terranes of varying ages, including Proterozoic-Archaean cratons, Proterozoic-Palaeozoic mobile belts, Palaeozoic-Cenozoic magmatic arc systems and other important crustal features. The map delineates intra-continental rifts and major rifts along the Antarctic continental margin, the regional extent of plutons and volcanics, such as the Ferrar dolerites and Kirkpatrick basalts. The magnetic anomaly map of the Antarctic together with other geological and geophysical information provides new perspectives on the break-up of Gondwana and Rodinia evolution.