Models of Rodinia assembly and fragmentation

Sergei A. Pisarevsky, Michael T. D. Wingate, Chris McA. Powell, Simon Johnson, David A. D. Evans
2003 Geological Society Special Publication  
Amongst existing palaeogeographic models of the Rodinia supercontinent, or portions thereof, arguments have focused upon geological relations or palaeomagnetic results, but rarely both. A new model of Rodinia is proposed, integrating the most recent palaeomagnetic data with current stratigraphic, geochronological and tectonic constraints from around the world. This new model differs from its predecessors in five major aspects: cratonic Australia is positioned in the recently proposed AUSMEX fit
more » ... against Laurentia; East Gondwanaland is divided among several blocks; the Congo-Sao Francisco and India-Rayner Cratons are positioned independently from Rodinia; Siberia is reconstructed against northern Laurentia, although in a different position than in all previous models; and Kalahari-Dronning Maud Land is connected with Western Australia. The proposed Rodinia palaeogeography is meant to serve as a working hypothesis for future refinements.
doi:10.1144/gsl.sp.2003.206.01.04 fatcat:n4zf44nxsbhk5knshb6y6n2yqa