The Transantarctic Mountains: Rocks, Ice, Meteorites and Water / Edition 1

The Transantarctic Mountains: Rocks, Ice, Meteorites and Water / Edition 1

by Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
     
 

ISBN-10: 1402084064

ISBN-13: 9781402084065

Pub. Date: 11/30/2010

Publisher: Springer Netherlands

This book presents a summary of the geology of the Transantarctic Mountains for Earth scientists who may want to work there or who need an overview of the geologic history of this region. In addition, the properties of the East Antarctic ice sheet and of the meteorites that accumulate on its surface are treated in separate chapters. The presentation ends with the

Overview

This book presents a summary of the geology of the Transantarctic Mountains for Earth scientists who may want to work there or who need an overview of the geologic history of this region. In addition, the properties of the East Antarctic ice sheet and of the meteorites that accumulate on its surface are treated in separate chapters. The presentation ends with the Cenozoic glaciation of the Transantarctic Mountains including the limnology and geochemical evolution of the saline lakes in the ice-free valleys. The subject matter in this book is presented in chronological order starting about 750 million years ago and continuing to the present time. The chapters can be read selectively because the introduction to each chapter identifies the context that gives relevance to the subject matter to be discussed. The text is richly illustrated with 330 original line drawings as well as with 182 color maps and photographs. The book contains indexes of both subject matter and of authors' names that allow it to be used as an encyclopedia of the Transantarctic Mountains and of the East Antarctic ice sheet. Most of the chapters are supplemented by Appendices containing data tables, additional explanations of certain phenomena (e.g., the formation and seasonal destruction of stratospheric ozone), and illustrative calculations (e.g., 38Cl dates of meteorites). The authors have spent a combined total of fourteen field seasons between 1964 and 1995 doing geological research in the Transantarctic Mountains with logistical support by the US Antarctic Program. Although Antarctica is remote and inaccessible, tens of thousands of scientists of many nationalities and their assistants have worked there and even larger numbers of investigators will work there in the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402084065
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Publication date:
11/30/2010
Edition description:
2011
Pages:
804
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 10.30(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Prolog

Preface

Acknowledgements

Part I: EXPLORATION AND CHARACTERIZATION
1. The Exploration of Antarctica
2. Antarctica: The Continent

Part II: THE BASEMENT ROCKS
3. Southern Victoria Land; Basement Rocks
4. Northern Victoria Land
5. Central Transantarctic Mountains
6. The Queen Maud Mountains
7. Horlick Mountains
8. The Far-Eastern Mountains
9. From Rodinia to Gondwana

Part III: GONDWANA: GROWTH AND DISINTEGRATION
10. The Beacon Supergroup
11. Beacon Supergroup: Special topics
12. The Ferrar Group: Kirkpatrick Basalt
13. Ferrar Group: Dolerite sills and the Dufek intrusion
14. Kirwan Volcanics, Queen Maud Land
15. Break-up of Gondwana and Assembly of Antarctica

Part IV: FIRE AND ICE
16. Cenozoic Volcanoes
17. The East Antarctic Ece Sheet
18. Meteorites on Ice
19. Glaciation of Southern Victoria Land
20. Antarctica in Retrospect

Author Index

Subject Index

Geologic Time Scale

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