Outline of the Structural and Tectonic History Of The Ellsworth Mountains-Thiel Mountains Ridge, West Antarctica

  1. Garry D. Mckenzie
  1. B. C. Storey1 and
  2. I. W. D. Dalziel2

Published Online: 21 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM040p0117

Gondwana Six: Structure, Tectonics, and Geophysics

Gondwana Six: Structure, Tectonics, and Geophysics

How to Cite

Storey, B. C. and Dalziel, I. W. D. (1987) Outline of the Structural and Tectonic History Of The Ellsworth Mountains-Thiel Mountains Ridge, West Antarctica, in Gondwana Six: Structure, Tectonics, and Geophysics (ed G. D. Mckenzie), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM040p0117

Author Information

  1. 1

    British Antarctic Survey, Natural Environment Research Council, High Cross, Cambridge Cb3 Oet, United Kingdom

  2. 2

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

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 Ellsworth Mountains-Thiel Mountains ridge and adjoining areas are divided into three tectonic provinces: (1) Haag Nunataks, (2) Thiel Mountains, and (3) Ellsworth-Whitmore Mountains crustal block. Haag Nunataks are part of a Precambrian tectonic province the overall extent of which is not clearly known. The Thiel Mountains are part of a distinctive Transantarctic Mountains province that is separated by a major tectonic break from deformed sedimentary rocks of the Ellsworth-Whitmore Mountains crustal block. The crustal block is divided, on the basis of a detailed structural analysis, into two domains: the Ellsworth and Marginal domains. The sedimentary rocks throughout the Ellsworth domain are correlated with parts of the Paleozoic succession forming the Ellsworth Mountains themselves. These rocks were all deformed by a single phase of northwest-southeast trending structures, whereas in the Marginal domain the fold history is more complex and structures trend northeast-southwest. The tectonic significance of the Marginal domain is discussed but is not clearly understood. Mount Woollard has a unique lithological association with the Ellsworth-Whitmore Mountains crustal block; it consists of paragneiss and pegmatite of possible Middle Jurassic age and has a structural trend parallel to the Ellsworth domain structures.