How not to build a supercontinent: A reply to JDA Piper

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Abstract

The hypothesized existence of a Neoproterozoic supercontinent called Rodinia is based on a series of geological and paleomagnetic observations, with details about the configuration and evolution of this supercontinent still a matter for debate. Regrettably, we found that the comment by Piper (this volume) lacks scientific objectiveness. The 'Palaeopangaea' that he promotes is, in our view, based on incorrect application of paleomagnetic data, and is not supported by geological evidence. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Authors
  • Z. X. Li
  • Svetlana Bogdanova
  • A. S. Collins
  • A. Davidson
  • B. De Waele
  • R. E. Ernst
  • D. A. D. Evans
  • I. C. W. Fitzsimons
  • R. A. Fuck
  • D. P. Gladkochub
  • J. Jacobs
  • K. E. Karlstrom
  • S. Lu
  • L. M. Natapov
  • V. Pease
  • S. A. Pisarevsky
  • K. Thrane
  • V. Vernikovsky
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Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Geology

Keywords

  • Continental, Palaeopangaea, Neoproterozoic, Supercontinent, Rodinia, Break-up, Paleomagnetism, rift
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-214
JournalPrecambrian Research
Volume174
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedNo