Joint U.K.-U.S. West Antarctic Tectonic Project: an Introduction

  1. Garry D. Mckenzie
  1. Ian W. D. Dalziel1 and
  2. Robert J. Pankhurst2

Published Online: 21 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM040p0107

Gondwana Six: Structure, Tectonics, and Geophysics

Gondwana Six: Structure, Tectonics, and Geophysics

How to Cite

Dalziel, I. W. D. and Pankhurst, R. J. (1987) Joint U.K.-U.S. West Antarctic Tectonic Project: an Introduction, in Gondwana Six: Structure, Tectonics, and Geophysics (ed G. D. Mckenzie), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM040p0107

Author Information

  1. 1

    Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University, Palisades, New York 10964

  2. 2

    British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Cambridge Cb3 Oet, United Kingdom

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900643

Online ISBN: 9781118664483

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Keywords:

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

Summary

The relationship of West Antarctica to the Precambrian craton of East Antarctica is the longest standing major tectonic problem in Antarctic geology. It has a bearing on Gondwanaland reconstruction but has even more important geotectonic, paleoenvironmental, and paleobiogeographic implications. A joint United Kingdom-United States project was initiated in 1980–1981 to study certain aspects of the overall problem. Major field programs were undertaken in the 1983–1984 and 1984–1985 Antarctic seasons. Additional efforts will be made in 1986–1987 and 1987–1988. This contribution briefly introduces several accompanying papers describing the preliminary results of geological, geophysical, and geochemical aspects of the project as well as a preliminary tectonic synthesis based on the work completed at the time of the Sixth Gondwana Symposium.