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The role of inheritance in forming and deforming rifted margins and creating collisional orogens 


GIANRETO MANATSCHAL – Université de Strasbourg


A long-standing question in Earth Sciences is related to the importance of inheritance in controlling the rheology and deformation history of tectonic systems. In contrast to physical processes that are generally applicable, assessing the role of inheritance suffers from two major problems: firstly, it is difficult to appraise without having insights into the history of a geological system; and secondly, all inherited features are not reactivated during subsequent deformation phases. Therefore, the aim of the presentation is to provide a conceptual framework about how inheritance may control the architecture and evolution of rift systems and their reactivation during subsequent convergence in collisional orogens. 


Seaward dipping reflectors along the South Atlantic margins - How do they form, and what implications do they have for hydrocarbon exploration?


IAN DAVISON (PhD) Director of Earthmoves Ltd.


This talk will examine seismic and well data from the Sergipe-Alagoas and Gabon conjugate margins where seaward dipping reflectors have been observed, and also the major SDR sequences in S. Brasil-Argentina and Namibia-S Africa conjugate margins. The talk will be illustrated with recently acquired high-resolution seismic data and will discuss the possible mechanisms for the formation of seaward dipping reflectors and their composition using well and seismic and outcrop data. Additionally, review the evidence for good shallow marine source rocks developed just above the SDR sequence on the Gabon and Namibian margins, which has implications for good hydrocarbon source rocks on the South American margin.


Evolution of tonian ophiolites in the Brasiliano Orogen


LÉO AFRANEO HARTMANN – Professor Emérito, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

Modern, post-Penrose concepts include subduction-related and -unrelated ophiolites. A significant advance in understanding ophiolite evolution in the Brasiliano Orogen is the dating of zircon in metasomatites integrated with the description of aeromagnetometry and aerogamaspectrometry. Widespread occurrences in juvenile terranes in several belts of the orogen led to focusing on Tonian oceanic crust and mantle fragments in Sul-Riograndense Shield. U-Pb dating of oceanic zircon (ɛHf ca. +12, U/Yb <0.1) from chloritite, rodingite, albitite and tourmalinite established the initial rifting of Rodinia at 920 Ma, succeeded by serpentinization events in the oceanic crust, youngest at 720 Ma. Unzoned tourmaline formed in the open ocean (proto-Adamastor) (δ 11ca. +5 and 0) and continent (-8.5) associated with serpentinite and rocks similar to listvenite. Aerogeophysics supports geological mapping and establishes the three-dimensional structure of intensely deformed ophiolites. The beginning of continental collision at 700 Ma is established for SW Gondwana from the youngest age of oceanic crust.




MARTA PÉREZ-GUSSINYÉ – University of Bremen  


Suturing Gondwana in the Cambrian – the orogenic events of the final amalgamation


RENATA SCHMITT – Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro


Gondwana was consolidated in the late Cambrian after 180 m.y of tectonic convergence among Neoproterozoic paleocontinents and smaller fragments. We present a compilation of 55 orogens that record its final amalgamation. Collisional events are registered by the metamorphic peak assemblages and contractional deformational structures. Two main periods of orogenic activity are recognized. The first at ca. 670-575 Ma includes few orogens (ca. 15) but over larger areas. During this stage, the Saharan, West African, São Francisco-Congo and Paranapanema paleocontinents, along with the Arabian Nubian shield that consisted of juvenile Tonian terranes and some East African Orogen microcontinents were accreted to form the proto-Gondwana core. The second stage, at 575-480 Ma, incorporated more orogens, ca. 40, that sutured the Amazonia, Rio de La Plata, Kalahari, Dhawar, East Antarctica and Australian paleocontinents. The collisional orogens pattern throughout both western and eastern Gondwana is similar, indicating that although Gondwana was built up by the convergence of distinct paleocontinents, their approximation might be orchestrated by global geodynamics. In SW Gondwana, opening of ca. 610-570 Ma basins, some with oceanic crust, coincides with the suturing of the proto-Gondwana core. They were rapidly formed but even faster inverted during the second and last 575-480 Ma collisional stage, represented by the major E-W Kuunga and N-S South Atlantic belts. We propose that the 570-500 Ma collision of the Damara-Lufilian-Zambesi belt was coeval with the Cuchilla Dionisio-Saldania-Gariep- Dom Feliciano-Kaoko- Ribeira-Cabo Frio orogens. This South Atlantic orogenic system consists of the main SW Gondwana suture, reactivated 350 m.y. later to form the South Atlantic Ocean. The suture is preserved by old orogenic high pressure and oceanic derived rocks on the actual conjugate continental margins.


Crustal delamination in the Andes: different processes and settings


VICTOR ALBERTO RAMOS – Universidad de Buenos Aires


The last decade displayed through geophysical and geological studies the occurrence of delamination and foundering in specific segments along the Andes. The geological evidence has shown different processes and diverse petrological suites as products of the crustal and lithospheric delamination. Hugh rhyolitic plateau, minor monogenic mafic rocks, as well as large basaltic floods, may alternate in the different tectonic segments.  A review of the delamination process and tectonic settings reveals the major geologic facts associated with different lithological suites.

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