Regional Geology Reviews

São Francisco Craton, Eastern Brazil

Tectonic Genealogy of a Miniature Continent

Editors: Heilbron, Monica, Cordani, Umberto G., Flecha de Alkmim, Fernando (Eds.)

  • Examines the tectonic genealogy and development history of the Sao Francisco Craton, a 'miniature continent' located in Eastern Brazil
  • Provides a panorama of the evolutionary history of a piece of continental lithosphere between the Paleoarchean and the Cenozoic eras
  • Contains wide range of information from all fields of geology
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About this book

The region of the São Francisco river valley in eastern Brazil encompasses two main components of the geologic framework of the South American continent: the São Francisco craton and its marginal orogenic belts. Cratons, as the oldest, differentiated and relatively stable pieces of the continental lithosphere, preserve a substantial part of the Earth's memory. Orogenic belts, on the other hand, record collisional processes that occurred during a limited time span. Because of their topographic relief, mountain belts developed along craton margins provide however access to rock successions not exposed in the low lands of the adjacent cratons. The combination of geologic information obtained in cratonic domains and their marginal orogenic belts thus form the basis for deciphering substantial periods of Earth’s history.
Corresponding to the most intensively studied portion of the Precambrian nucleus of the South American plate, the São Francisco craton and its margins host a rock record that spans from the Paleoarchean to the Cenozoic. Precambrian sedimentary successions that witness ancient Earth processes - many of them of global significance - are especially well preserved and exposed in this region. With all these attributes the São Francisco craton together with its fringing orogenic belts can be viewed as a ‘continent within a continent’ or a ‘continent in miniature’.

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • The São Francisco Craton and Its Margins

    Heilbron, Monica (et al.)

    Pages 3-13

  • Lithospheric Features of the São Francisco Craton

    Assumpção, Marcelo (et al.)

    Pages 15-25

  • Nature and Evolution of the Archean Crust of the São Francisco Craton

    Teixeira, Wilson (et al.)

    Pages 29-56

  • The Paleoproterozoic Eastern Bahia Orogenic Domain

    Barbosa, Johildo Salomão Figueirêdo (et al.)

    Pages 57-69

  • The Paleoproterozoic Mineiro Belt and the Quadrilátero Ferrífero

    Alkmim, Fernando F. (et al.)

    Pages 71-94

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  • ISBN 978-3-319-01715-0
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Hardcover ca. $179.00
price for USA
  • Due: December 5, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-01714-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
São Francisco Craton, Eastern Brazil
Book Subtitle
Tectonic Genealogy of a Miniature Continent
Editors
  • Monica Heilbron
  • Umberto G. Cordani
  • Fernando Flecha de Alkmim
Series Title
Regional Geology Reviews
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-01715-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-01715-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-01714-3
Series ISSN
2364-6438
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 331
Number of Illustrations and Tables
16 b/w illustrations, 148 illustrations in colour
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