Silurian-Permian palaeocontinental reconstructions and circum-Atlantic tectonics

D. V. Kent, J. D. Keppie

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On the basis of the palaeomagnetic record, supplemented by constraints provided by faunal and tectonic information, reconstructions involving Laurentia, Baltica, Gondwana and numerous continent-like fragments and terranes within the circum-Atlantic Palaeozoic orogenic belts are made for three critical time intervals, late Silurian, early Carboniferous and late Carboniferous-early Permian, all of which bracket important phases of tectonic activity. The late Caledonian-Scandian-Acadian-Ligerian orogenies are due to the predominantly E-W final closure of Iapetus. This phase was followed in mid-Devonian times by a major sinistral megashear along the orogen which eliminated latitudinal separations and resulted in a Pangea-like assembly by the latest Devonian. The final phase involved a rotation of Gondwana with respect to the assembled Euramerican landmass, expressed as late Variscan-Hercynian dextral shear from central Europe to northeastern N America and culminating in the late Carboniferous-Permian Alleghanian orogeny in the Appalachians from New England S and in the Mauritanides.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)469-480
Number of pages12
JournalGeological Society Special Publication
StatePublished - Dec 1 1988
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Geology

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