Indian Shield

Indian Shield

Precambrian Evolution and Phanerozoic Reconstitution

1st Edition - April 20, 2018

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  • Authors: A.B. Roy, Ritesh Purohit
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128098394
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128098400

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Indian Shield: Precambrian Evolution and Phanerozoic Reconstitution highlights unique evolutionary trends covering a period of over 3,500 million years, from the oldest crust to the most recent geological activity of the Indian Subcontinent. The book discusses regional terrain geology in terms of the evolutionary history of the crust, describing how the Precambrian Shield evolved from a stable continental region to a tectonically unstable zone marked by frequent high-intensity earthquakes in a Plate-interior setting. It is a complete and readable account of the history of growth and evolution of the Indian Subcontinent, including Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan. The book is intended for graduate students, researchers, and teachers in the geosciences, especially geophysics, geomorphology and geology. The book also serves as an important resource for tectonics and petrology researchers, as well as those involved in exploration of mineral resources.

Key Features

  • Features comprehensive geological information on the evolution of the Indian Subcontinent, from the growth of early crust to the present day in a single volume
  • Discusses different processes of post-Precambrian reconstitution of the Indian Shield that ultimately produced the present-day geomorphology as well as the tectonic character of the region
  • Assesses the impacts and effects of the ongoing post-Himalayan tectonism on the Indian Subcontinent


Geologists, Geomorphologists, Geochemists, Mineralogists, Petrologists and Geophysicists

Table of Contents

  • PART 1: Precambrian Crust of India: A general Introduction
    1. Pristine size, shape and tectonic framework of Indian Shield
    2. Geomorphotectonic and Geophysical characterization of Indian Subcontinent
    3. Framework of Indian Shield: Concepts and tectonic subdivisions
    4. Geology and evolutionary history of Precambrian crustal blocks
    5. Correlation and evolutionary history of the Indian Shield

    PART 2: Early Phanerozioc Geology of India
    6. Palaeozoicgeologic history
    7. Geology of the Gondwana Supergroup: 1. Definition, Classification, and Distribution
    8. Geology of the Gondwana Supergroup: 2. Sedimentation, Basin Morphology and Evolution 

    PART 3: Between Jurassic Breakup and the Himalayan Collision
    9. Jurassic marine incursions and basin evolution
    10. Development of fracture system (Lineament) consequent on break-up of Gondwanaland
    11. Plume outbursts and their manifestations on Indian Shield

    PART 4: Geology and Evolution of the Himalayas
    12. Constituents and Tectonic architecture of the Himalayas
    13. Lithotectonic Units and Sedimentation pattern
    14. Pattern of metamorphism and Tectonichistory of the Himalayas

    PART 5: Quaternary Geology and Active tectonics and Palaeoseismicity
    15. Quaternary Basin evolutions and sedimentation pattern
    16. Active tectonics and resultant seismicity in Indian Subcontinent

Product details

  • No. of pages: 398
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2018
  • Published: April 20, 2018
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128098394
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128098400

About the Authors

A.B. Roy

A. B. Roy, MSc, 1961; PhD, 1965 (Jadavpur University) is a Retired Professor of Geology at M.L. Sukhadia University. He was a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for post-doctoral work at Rurh University in 1975-76. He was elected Fellow of the Indian Science Academy, Bangalore, in 1989, and the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, in 1990. He has published two books, a number of edited volumes, and over 120 research papers and scientific reviews on different aspects of Earth science.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Fellow/Senior Scientist, Visiting Professor and Project Investigator at Presidency College, Kolkata

Ritesh Purohit

Ritesh Purohit, MSc (1995); PhD (2002) (ML Sukhadia University) is an Associate Professor in Geology at the Government College, Sirohi, Rajasthan, India. He has been engaged in teaching and research for the last 22 years and has more than 100 research publications to his credit. He is involved in many international research collaborations including the Carnegie Institution of Washington, USA. He is a recipient of post-doctoral research awards from UGC and DST of the Govt. of India, and grants from NASA, International Atomic Energy Agency, Geological Society of America, International Geological Congress and UNESCO-IGCP for research activities.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Prof. Geology, Government College Sirohi, Rajasthan, India

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