Formation of an Archaean continent

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doi: 10.1038/357553a0
Authors:de Wit, Maarten J.; Roering, Chris; Hart, Rodger J.; Armstrong, Richard A.; de Ronde, C. E. J.; Green, Rod W. E.; Tredoux, Marian; Peberdy, Ellie; Hart, Roger A.
Author Affiliations:Primary:
Univ. Cape Town, Dep. Geol., Rondebosch, South Africa
Rand Afrikaans Univ., South Africa
Univ. Witwatersrand, South Africa
Volume Title:Nature (London)
Source:Nature (London), 357(6379), p.553-562. Publisher: Macmillan Journals, London, United Kingdom. ISSN: 0028-0836
Publication Date:1992
Note:In English. 102 refs.; sects., strat. col., geol. sketch maps
Summary:This review article discusses the history of the Kaapvaal craton, S Africa, which spans about 1000 yr, forming 3700-2700 m.y. ago. It consists of a mosaic of subdomains that have been welded by processes analogous to present-day plate tectonics. These earlier domainsmay have been caused by the onset of recycling from the Earth's hydrosphere into the mantle. [R.K.H.]
Subjects:Archean; Continental crust; Continents; Cratons; Crust; Genesis; Lithosphere; Plate tectonics; Precambrian; Stratigraphy; Tectonophysics; Africa; Kaapvaal Craton; South Africa; Southern Africa
Abstract Numbers:93M/1006
Record ID:1992029298
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2019 American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from Mineralogical Abstracts, United Kingdom, Twickenham, United Kingdom
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