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The Cadomian Orogeny comprises a series of complex sedimentary, magmatic and tectonometamorphic events that spanned the period from the mid-Neoproterozoic (c. 750 Ma) to the earliest Cambrian (c. 540-530 Ma) along the periphery of the super-continent Gondwana (peri-Gondwana, Fig. 3.1). Modern data demonstrate broad continuity between Cadomian events and the later opening of the Rheic Ocean during Cambrian-Ordovician times (Linnemann et al. 2007). Due to very similar contemporaneous orogenic processes in the Avalonian microcontinent, the collective terms ‘Avalonian-Cadomian’ Orogeny and ‘Avalonian-Cadomian’ Active Margin have often been used in the modern literature (e.g....

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