Paleomagnetism of Africa and Madagascar

  1. M.W. McEIhinny and
  2. D.A. Valencio
  1. A. Brock

Published Online: 15 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GD002p0065

Paleoreconstruction of the Continents

Paleoreconstruction of the Continents

How to Cite

Brock, A. (1981) Paleomagnetism of Africa and Madagascar, in Paleoreconstruction of the Continents (eds M.W. McEIhinny and D.A. Valencio), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GD002p0065

Author Information

  1. Applied Geophysics Unit, University College, Galway, Ireland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1981

Book Series:

  1. Geodynamics Series

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875905112

Online ISBN: 9781118670217



  • Africa and Madagascar;
  • Cenozoic;
  • Geodynamics;
  • Mesozoic;
  • Paleomagnetism;
  • Poles and rotation;
  • Precambrian exposures;
  • Upper palaeozoic


Paleomagnetic results from Africa have increased substantially in number since 1970 especially for the Precambrian. Noteworthy is the now very complete coverage of the Mesozoic, together with a good comparison between Madagascar and Africa which yields a paleoposition for Madagascar close to the east African coast. The Paleozoic is less well covered and much of the Karroo Supergroup remains to be sampled in detail. The Precambrian data is of very variable quality but it helps to define the apparent polar wander path with greater certainty than previously. Many gaps remain, however, and a much higher density of data will be required. Careful multi-component studies have begun to appear and these must play an increasingly important role in the future work.