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The Central Andes; elements of an extreme land

Gerhard Woerner, Taylor F. Schildgen and Martin Reich
The Central Andes; elements of an extreme land (in Central Andes; mountains, magmas, minerals, Gerhard Woerner (editor), Taylor F. Schildgen (editor) and Martin Reich (editor))
Elements (August 2018) 14 (4): 225-230


The Central Andes and the Atacama Desert represent a unique geological, climatic, and magmatic setting on our planet. It is the only place on Earth where subduction of an oceanic plate below an active continental margin has led to an extensive mountain chain and an orogenic plateau that is second in size only to the Tibetan Plateau, which resulted from continental collision. In this article, we introduce the history of the Central Andes and the evolution of its landscape. We also discuss links between tectonic forces, magmatism, and the extreme hyperarid climate of this land that, in turn, has led to rich deposits of precious ores and minerals.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 14
Serial Issue: 4
Title: The Central Andes; elements of an extreme land
Title: Central Andes; mountains, magmas, minerals
Author(s): Woerner, GerhardSchildgen, Taylor F.Reich, Martin
Author(s): Woerner, Gerhardeditor
Author(s): Schildgen, Taylor F.editor
Author(s): Reich, Martineditor
Affiliation: Universitaet Goettingen, Geowissenschaftliches Zentrum, Gottingen, Germany
Pages: 225-230
Published: 201808
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 21
Accession Number: 2018-083836
Categories: Structural geologyEconomic geology, general, deposits
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Secondary Affiliation: German Research Centre for Geosciences, DEU, GermanyUniversidad de Chile, CHL, Chile
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2018, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201821
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