Series: Developments in Precambrian Geology

Edited by Kent Condie, Elsevier's Developments in Precambrian Geology book series is designed to provide a comprehensive source of detailed information on all aspects of the Precambrian, including (1) chemical, biological, biochemical and cosmochemical evolution; (2) geochemistry and geochronology; (3) geophysical aspects of the early Earth; and (4) nature and evolution of the lithosphere. The Editor particularly welcomes integrated process-oriented and comparative studies that involve a combination of the above fields and/or demonstrate the effect of Precambrian evolution on Phanerozoic earth-system processes.
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Book Series: Neoproterozoic-Cambrian Tectonics, Global Change and Evolution

Most recent volume

Volume 16. Neoproterozoic-Cambrian Tectonics, Global Change and Evolution

Published: 29th October 2009 Editors: Claudio Gaucher Alcides Sial Galen Halverson Hartwig Frimmel


PART 1 Introduction

1. The Neoproterozoic and Cambrian: a Time of Upheavals, Extremes, and Innovations (C. Gaucher, A.N. Sial, G.P. Halverson, and H.E. Frimmel)


PART 2 Neoproterozoic-Cambrian Evolution of the Amazonian Palaeocontinent

2. The Amazonian Palaeocontinent (C. J.S. de Alvarenga, P.C. Boggiani, M. Babinski, M.A.Dardenne, M. Figueiredo, R.V.Santos, and E.L. Dantas)

PART 3 Neoproterozoic-Cambrian Evolution of the Sao Francisco Palaeocontinent

3. The São Francisco Palaeocontinent (A.N. Sial, M.A. Dardenne, A. Misi, A.J. Pedreira, C. Gaucher, V.P. Ferreira, M.A. Silva Filho, A. Uhlein, A.C. Pedrosa-Soares, R.V. Santos, M. Egydio-Silva, M. Babinski, C.J.S. Alvarenga, T.R. Fairchild, and M.M. Pimentel)

PART 4 Neoproterozoic-Cambrian Evolution of the Rio de la Plata Palaeocontinent

4.1. Extension and General Evolution of the Río de la Plata Craton (J. Bossi,and C. Cingolani). 4.2. Lithostratigraphy (D.G. Poire, and C. Gaucher). 4.3. Biostratigraphy (C. Gaucher,and D.G. Poire). 4.4. Chemostratigraphy (C. Gaucher, A.N. Sial, D.G. Poire L. Gomez Peral, V.P. Ferreira, and M.M. Pimentel). 4.5. Palaeoclimatic Events (C. Gaucher, and D.G. Poire). 4.6. Palaeogeography (C. Gaucher, J. Bossi, and G. Blanco)

PART 5 Neoproterozoic to Early Palaeozoic Evolution of Southwestern Africa

5.1. Configuration of Pan-African Orogenic Belts in Southwestern Africa (H.E. Frimmel). 5.2. Continental Rifting (H.E. Frimmel). 5.3. Passive Continental Margin Evolution (R.McG. Miller, H.E. Frimmel, and G.P. Halverson). 5.4. Syn- to Late-Orogenic Sedimentary Basins of Southwestern Africa (G.J.B. Germs, R.McG. Miller, H.E. Frimmel, and C. Gaucher). 5.5. Orogenic Tectono-Thermal Evolution (T.M. Will, R.McG. Miller, and H.E. Frimmel). 5.6. Syn- to Post-Orogenic Magmatism (R.McG. Miller,and H.E. Frimmel). 5.7. Mineral Deposits (H.E. Frimmel,and R.McG. Miller). 5.8. Geodynamic Synthesis of the Damara Orogen sensu lato (R.McG. Miller, H.E. Frimmel,and T.M. Will)

PART 6 Neoproterozoic-Cambrian Evolution of the Pampean Orogen

6. The Pampean Orogen: Ediacaran-Lower Cambrian Evolutionary History of Central and Northwest Region of Argentina (F.G. Aceñolaza, and A. Toselli)

PART 7 Microcontimnents and Suspect Terranes

7.1. The Paranapanema Lithospheric Block: Its Nature and Role in the Accretion of Gondwana (M.S.M. Mantovani, and B.B. Brito Neves). 7.2. The Evolution and Tectonic Setting of the Luis Alves Microplate of Southeastern Brazil: an Exotic Terrane during the Assembly of Western Gondwana (M.A.S. Basei, A. Nutman, O. Siga Junior, C.R. Passarelli, and C.O. Drukas)


PART 8 Palaeogeographic Evolution from Rodinia to Gondwana

8. Tectonic Events and Palaeogeographic Evolution of Southwestern Gondwana in the Neoproterozoic and Cambrian (C. Gaucher, H.E. Frimmel, and G.J.B. Germs)

PART 9 Neoproterozoic-Cambrian Biota

9.1. Neoproterozoic Acritarch Evolution (C. Gaucher, and P. Sprechmann). 9.2. Skeletonised Metazoans and Protists (C. Gaucher, and G.J.B.Germs). 9.3. Trace Fossils and the Agronomic Revolution at the Neoproterozoic–Cambrian Transition in Southwest Gondwana (G.F. Acenolaza, G.J.B.Germs, and F.G. Acenolaza)

PART 10 Neoproterozoic-Cambrian Biochemical Evolution

10. Neoproterozoic-Cambrian Biogeochemical Evolution (G.P. Halverson, M.T. Hurtgen, S.M. Porter, and A.S. Collins)

PART 11 Neoproterozoic-Cambrian Palaeoclimatic Events

11.1. Neoproterozoic to Cambrian Palaeoclimatic Events in Southwestern Gondwana (A.J. Kaufman, A.N. Sial, H.E. Frimmel, and A. Misi).  11.2. Neoproterozoic Glacial Events in Eurasia (N.M Chumakov)

Additional volumes

Volume 14. Precambrian Geology of Finland

Published: 29th November 2005 Authors: Martti Lehtinen Pekka Nurmi O.T. Ramo

Volume 13. Precambrian Ophiolites and Related Rocks

Published: 26th October 2004 Editor: T.M. Kusky

Volume 12. The Precambrian Earth

Published: 4th March 2004 Editors: P.G. Eriksson Wladyslaw Altermann D.R. Nelson W.U. Mueller O. Catuneanu Octavian Catuneanu

Volume 1. Archaean Geochemistry

Published: 1st April 2000

Volume 11. Archean Crustal Evolution

Published: 11th November 1994 Editor: K.C. Condie

Volume 9. Precambrian Geology of the USSR

Published: 3rd February 1993 Editors: D.V. Rundqvist F.P. Mitrofanov

Volume 10. Proterozoic Crustal Evolution

Published: 3rd February 1993 Editor: K.C. Condie

Volume 8. Precambrian Continental Crust and its Economic Resources

Published: 6th September 1990 Editor: S.M. Naqvi

Volume 6. Iron-Formation: Facts and Problems

Published: 1st January 1983 Editors: A.F. Trendall R.C. Morris

Volume 7. Developments and Interactions of the Precambrian Atmosphere, Lithosphere and Biosphere

Published: 1st January 1983 Editors: B. Nagy R. Weber J.C. Guerrero M. Schidlowski

Volume 5. Precambrian Banded-Iron-Formations

Published: 1st January 1982 Author: Y.P. Mel'nik

Volume 2. Precambrian of the Southern Hemisphere

Published: 1st January 1981 Editor: D.R. Hunter

Volume 4. Precambrian Plate Tectonics

Published: 1st January 1981 Editor: A. Kröner

Volume 3. Archean Greenstone Belts

Published: 1st January 1981 Author: K.C. Condie