Microcontinents and their Significance

  1. Charles L. Drake
  1. Roger A. Scrutton

Published Online: 21 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/SP005p0177

Geodynamics: Progress and Prospects

Geodynamics: Progress and Prospects

How to Cite

Scrutton, R. A. (1976) Microcontinents and their Significance, in Geodynamics: Progress and Prospects (ed C. L. Drake), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/SP005p0177

Author Information

  1. Grant Institute of Geology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH9 3JW, Scotland.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1976

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875902036

Online ISBN: 9781118664902



  • Crustal seismic refraction;
  • Economic significance;
  • Hatton-Rockall Basin;
  • International Programme of Ocean Drilling ( IPOD);
  • Microcontinents;
  • Vertical movements


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • What is a Microcontinent?

  • Geometrical Significance of Microcontinents

  • Crustal Structure

  • Vertical Movements

  • Economic Significance

  • Concluding Remarks