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

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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.

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“An ambitiously broad subject matter that has been aimed at an equally wide audience, ranging from active researchers to those who visit Antarctica ‘to be inspired by its natural beauty’. … an important resource for anyone wishing to plan a field campaign to this mountain region … . This book will be valuable addition to any Antarctic research centre’s library, but given the increased prominence of Antarctic science it should also find a place in the Earth Science section of most university libraries.” (Mike Curtis, Geological Magazine, April, 2011)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402084065
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 11/30/2010
  • Edition description: 2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • 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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