Andean Tectonics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128160091

Andean Tectonics

1st Edition

Editors: Brian Horton Andres Folguera
Paperback ISBN: 9780128160091
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 28th June 2019
Page Count: 768
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Andean Tectonics addresses the geological evolution of the Andes Mountains, the prime global example of subduction-related mountain building. The Andes forms one of the most extensive mountain belts on Earth, spanning approximately an 8,000 km distance along the western edge of South America, from ~10°N to ~55°S. The tectonic history of the Andes involves a rich record of diverse geological processes, including crustal deformation, magmatism, sedimentary basin evolution, and climatic interactions. This book addresses the range of Andean tectonic processes and their temporal and spatial variations.

This critical resource is ideal for researchers interested in the causes and consequences of Andean-type orogenesis and the long-term evolution of fold-thrust belts, magmatic arcs, and forearc and foreland basins.

Key Features

  • Evaluates the history of Andean mountain building over the past 250 million years (the Mesozoic and Cenozoic eras)
  • Integrates recent results and provides new perspectives on the complementary records of deformation, magmatism and sedimentary basin evolution, along with their interactions in time and space
  • Provides insights into the development of the northern, central and southern Andes, all of which have typically been considered in isolation


Geologists, geochemists, geophysicists, exploration geologists. Hydrocarbon and mining industries

Table of Contents

1. Cenozoic tectonic evolution of the Colombian North Andes with constraints from plate tectonics, seismic reflection, and satellite geodesy
2. Cenozoic Growth of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, northern Colombia
3. The Goandwanides: a late Paleozoic orogen along the Andean protomargin
4. Provenance and exhumation of the eastern edge of the Colombian Eastern Cordillera
5. Jurassic-Cretaceous tectonic history, Ecuador and Colombia
6. Cenozoic thermochronology, Ecuador and Colombia
7. Accretionary history of Ecuador (multiple vs non-multiple accretions), and comparison with Colombia 
8. Cenozoic provenance and depositional systems, Oriente basin, Ecuador

9. The Andes of Peru
10. Mesozoic basin evolution, northern Peru
11. Sedimentary record and paleoelevation history, southern Peru
12. Tectonic evolution of the Late Paleozoic and Early Mesozoic accretionary complex of coastal Central Chile
13. Andean crustal structure delineated by GOCE and EGM08 gravimetric models
14. Structure and development of the Bolivian and northern Argentina Sub Andean Belt
15. Tectonic evolution of the western Pampean flat segment
16. The Miocene Santa Maria Conglomerate: implications for tectonics of the Aconcagua region
17. Tectonic evolution of the Aconcagua fold and thrust belt

18. Tectonic evolution of the Malargüe fold and thrust belt
19. Cenozoic magmatism in the Southern Central and Patagonian Andes
20. Provenance of the Southern Central and Patagonian Andes units
21. Structure and tectonic evolution of the North Patagonian fold and thrust belt
22. Structure and tectonic evolution of the central Patagonian fold and thrust belt and intraplate Patagonia
23. Geological segmentation of Patagonia associated with changes in subducted ocean bathymetry
24. Structure and tectonic evolution of the South Patagonian fold and thrust belt


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About the Editor

Brian Horton

Dr. Horton is the Alexander Deussen Professor of Energy Resources at The University of Texas at Austin and has a joint appointment with the Department of Geological Sciences and Institute for Geophysics in the Jackson School of Geosciences. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 1998. His research addresses tectonics of sedimentary basins, evolution of orogenic systems, sediment provenance, and nonmarine depositional processes.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas, Austin, USA

Andres Folguera

Andrés Folguera is a Research Scientist (Investigador Principal) and Professor with CONICET (National Scientific and Technical Research Council) and the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Facultad de Ciencis Exactas y Naturales, where he has an appointment with the Departamento de Ciencias Geológicas, Instituto de Estudios Andinos, Laboratorio de Geodinámica. His research focuses on the tectonics, structure, magmatism, geomorphology and neotectonics of the central and southern Andes, particularly for the last 100 million years of their evolution.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

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