John R. Vail; Pan-African (late Precambrian) tectonic terrains and the reconstruction of the Arabian-Nubian Shield. Geology ; 13 (12): 839–842. doi: https://doi.org/10.1130/0091-7613(1985)13<839:PLPTTA>2.0.CO;2
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The recognition of Precambrian ophiolite suites and their dismembered remnants in association with intraoceanic island-arc volcanic and plutonic terrains across much of the Arabian-Nubian Shield of eastern Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Yemen, western Saudi Arabia, and Sinai has been used by many authors to support the hypothesis of crustal accretion during late Proterozoic time (∼950−550 Ma). Reassembly of the various fragments provides a mosaic of Proterozoic microplates in a regular pattern in which at least five oceanic terrains, bounded by the remains of ophiolite belts, lie between remobilized continental plates to east and west.