A Revised Reconstruction of Gondwanaland

  1. Garry D. Mckenzie
  1. Lawrence A. Lawver and
  2. Christopher R. Scotese

Published Online: 21 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM040p0017

Gondwana Six: Structure, Tectonics, and Geophysics

Gondwana Six: Structure, Tectonics, and Geophysics

How to Cite

Lawver, L. A. and Scotese, C. R. (1987) A Revised Reconstruction of Gondwanaland, in Gondwana Six: Structure, Tectonics, and Geophysics (ed G. D. Mckenzie), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM040p0017

Author Information

  1. Institute for Geophysics, University of Texas, Austin, Texas 78751

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1987

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900643

Online ISBN: 9781118664483



  • Gondwana(Geology)—Congresses;
  • Geology,Structural—Congresses


A revised reconstruction of Gondwana is presented. It is based on previous reconstructions that were geologically well constrained and utilizes marine magnetic anomalies and recent paleomagnetic results as additional constraints. Three areas of conflict, namely, the position of Madagascar, the location of India-Sri Lanka, and the overlap of the Antarctic Peninsula with the Falkland Plateau are discussed. An interactive graphics terminal was used to minimize continental overlap while reducing obvious gaps between prebreakup components. Poles and angles of rotation were determined directly from the terminal for optimal geometric fit.