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The Archaean and Proterozoic history of Peninsular India: tectonic framework for Precambrian sedimentary basins in India

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Joseph G. Meert
Joseph G. Meert
Department of Geological Sciences, 241 Williamson Hall, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
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Manoj K. Pandit
Manoj K. Pandit
Department of Geology, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur 302004, Rajasthan, India
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Published:
January 01, 2015

Abstract

The Precambrian geological history of Peninsular India covers nearly 3.0 Ga. The Peninsula is an assembly of five different cratonic nuclei known as the Aravalli–Bundelkhand, Eastern Dharwar, Western Dharwar, Bastar and Singhbhum cratons along with the Southern Granulite Province. Final amalgamation of these elements occurred either by the end of the Archaean (2.5 Ga) or by the end of the Palaeoproterozoic (c. 1.6 Ga). Each of these nuclei contains one or more sedimentary basins (or metasedimentary basins) of Proterozoic age. This chapter provides an overview of each of the cratons and a brief description of the Precambrian sedimentary basins in India that form the focus of the remainder of this book. In our view, it appears that basin formation and subsequent closure can be grossly constrained to three separate intervals that also broadly correspond to the assembly and disaggregation of the supercontinents Columbia, Rodinia and Gondwana. The oldest Purana-I basins developed during the 2.5–1.6 Ga interval, Purana-II basins formed during the 1.6–1.0 Ga interval and the Purana-III basins formed during the Neoproterozoic–Cambrian interval.

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Geological Society, London, Memoirs

Precambrian Basins of India: Stratigraphic and Tectonic Context

R. Mazumder
R. Mazumder
University of New South Wales, Australia
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P. G. Eriksson
P. G. Eriksson
University of Pretoria, South Africa
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Geological Society of London
Volume
43
ISBN electronic:
9781862397194
Publication date:
January 01, 2015

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