Pre-Carboniferous Paleomagnetism of Europe North of the Alpine Orogenic Belt

  1. M.W. McEIhinny and
  2. D.A. Valencio
  1. J. C. Briden1 and
  2. B. A. Duff2

Published Online: 15 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GD002p0137

Paleoreconstruction of the Continents

Paleoreconstruction of the Continents

How to Cite

Briden, J. C. and Duff, B. A. (1981) Pre-Carboniferous Paleomagnetism of Europe North of the Alpine Orogenic Belt, in Paleoreconstruction of the Continents (eds M.W. McEIhinny and D.A. Valencio), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GD002p0137

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Leeds, Leeds, England

  2. 2

    Geology Department, Australian National University, Canberra, A.C.T.

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



  • Alpine orogenic belt;
  • Apparent polar wander (APW) paths;
  • Cambrian;
  • Orogenies;
  • Palaeomagnetic data;
  • Pre-carboniferous paleomagnetism;
  • Proterozoic


Pre-Carboniferous paleomagnetic data for Europe north of the Hercynian front and some areas within the Hercynian belt are reviewed and catalogued. A tentative apparent polar wander path for the Baltic Shield and the British Isles is presented which implies over 180° of relative polar shift in late Proterozoic and early Paleozoic time. Incorporation of Armorican data into this path implies that Armorica may have been attached to northern Europe and that any “proto-Hercynian” ocean between this northern continent and Gondwana in the Paleozoic lay to the south of the Armorican massif. Comparisons of APW data from northern Europe and North America suggests that these areas may have been joined at least for some intervals within the late Proterozoic or early Paleozoic.