European Lithosphere Dynamics
Europe provides an outstanding field laboratory for studying lithospheric processes through time, for tracing tectonic evolution of crust and mantle from the present far back into the early Precambrian. Two things are particularly striking: the importance of plate tectonics during the Phanerozoic and through Protezoic into the Archaean, and the significance of tectonic inheritance, older structures and rheologies guiding the younger evolution.
'European Litosphere Dynamics' grew out of a major European Science Foundation programme, EUROPROBE, with participation of many hundreds of Earth Scientist from all over Europe. The many research activity focus on specific target areas and involved integration of geological, geophysical and geochemical methods. Defining surface-depth relationships was a prerequisite for interpretation of the processes, present and pass, responsible for the formation of the litosphere.
This Memoir addresses the major features of the European lithosphere and is aimed at giving the reader an overview of their development and growth during three billion years of Earth history.
Archaean terranes, Palaeoproterozoic reworking and accretion in the Ukrainian Shield, East European Craton
Published:January 01, 2006
S. Claesson, E. Bibikova, S. Bogdanova, V. Skobelev, 2006. "Archaean terranes, Palaeoproterozoic reworking and accretion in the Ukrainian Shield, East European Craton", European Lithosphere Dynamics, D. G. Gee, R. A. Stephenson
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The Ukrainian Shield is a large coherent region of exposed Archaean and Proterozoic crust in the southwestern, Sarmatian part of the East European Craton. It is traditionally divided into blocks, or domains, separated by major suture zones. The Azov Domain in the east and the Podolian Domain in the SW are Archaean complexes that have been highly reworked in the Palaeoproterozoic; in contrast, the Archaean (3.2–3.0 Ga) granite-greenstone terrane dominated Middle Dniepr Domain, in the central part of the Shield, is virtually untouched by Proterozoic processes. Palaeoproterozoic rocks dominate the Kirovograd domain in the central Shield. We review previous...