Paleomagnetism of North America: A Brief Review

  1. M.W. McEIhinny and
  2. D.A. Valencio
  1. Rob Van der Voo

Published Online: 15 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GD002p0159

Paleoreconstruction of the Continents

Paleoreconstruction of the Continents

How to Cite

Van der Voo, R. (1981) Paleomagnetism of North America: A Brief Review, in Paleoreconstruction of the Continents (eds M.W. McEIhinny and D.A. Valencio), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GD002p0159

Author Information

  1. Department of Geological Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. 48109 U.S.A.

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



  • Allochthonous elements;
  • Apparent polar wander path;
  • Deviatory poles;
  • Microplates;
  • Paleomagnetism;
  • Pole positions


In this review an updated version of the apparent polar wander path of the North American craton is presented. Displaced terranes and possible microplates are identified which have yielded pole positions divergent from the cratonic apparent polar wander path; these displaced terranes are found on the eastern as well as the western side of the North American craton.