This Special Publication by the Geological Society on Continental Tectonics derives from a conference in Oxford to mark the 60th birthday of John F. Dewey in 1997. The volume contains 14 papers arranged into four sections concerned with processes in closing oceans/arc complexes, collisional orogeny, orogenic collapse/extensional tectonics and continental rifting.

The introductory paper by Ryan and MacNiocaill begins by explaining why continental tectonics is a complex discipline and how their understanding needs an integrated approach. The authors then review some of the current controversies in continental tectonics and attempt to show how the contributions in this volume relate...

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