Session outline
Solid Earth Sciences(S)
Session Sub Category Mineralogy & Petrology(MP)
Session ID S-MP14
Title Supercontinents and Crustal Evolution
Short title Supercontinents and Crustal Evolution
Convener Name Madhusoodhan Satish-Kumar
Affiliation Department of Geology, Faculty of Science, Niigata University
Co-convener 1. Name Yasuhito Osanai
Affiliation Division of Evolution of Earth Environments, Faculty of Social and Cultural Studies, Kyushu University
Co-convener 2. Name Geoffrey Grantham
Affiliation Geology Department, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Co-convener 3. Name Krishnan Sajeev
Affiliation Centre for Earth Sciences, Indian Institute of Science
Co-convener 4. Name Tomokazu Hokada
Affiliation National Institute of Polar Research
International Symposium 'International Symposium' in addition to Scientific session.
Language English
Scope Supercontinent formation and dispersion has been enigmatic in the Earth's history. Eurasia is one such current supercontinent and incredible progress in the understanding of its geological evolution has been achieved in the past decade. Earlier supercontinents in the Earth's history such as Gondwana (0.5 Ga), Rodinia (1.0 Ga), Columbia/Nuna (2.0 Ga), Kenorland (2.5 Ga) and Vaalbara (3.1 Ga), have been the focus of several studies, however limited information on older supercontinents has restricted an understanding their tectonic evolution. Several important unsolved issues remain, such as how, when and where these supercontinents formed and how long they remained as such before breaking apart. Additional questions arise on the processes that triggered the fragmentation and unification of continents. In this session, we invite authors around the world to present original new data as well as review results on the continental scale crustal processes and tectonic evolution that are associated with supercontinent formation events in Earth's history. The well-studied Eurasia and Gondwana supercontinents are of particular focus. Topics of interest include, but not restricted to, extremes in metamorphism, P-T-d-t evolution, magmatism, and the role of fluids. We hope to provide a platform for scientific discussions that will enlighten our understanding of the physical and chemical processes in the continental crust that records episodes of orogenesis that contributed to the formation and evolution of supercontinents.
Type of presentation Oral and Poster presentation
Invited papers