(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2011)

Document title

Is Australia a tectonically stable continent? Analysis of a myth and suggested morphological evidence of tectonism

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

TWIDALE C.R. (1) ;
(1) Univ., Adelaide, AUSTRALIE


Occasional references to the relative tectonic instability of the Australian continent have been published over the last hundred years. Despite this, it was repeatedly claimed that the shield lands in particular were tectonically stable, and as recently as this century reference has been made to a concept embracing a tectonically inert continent. However, analyses of seismicity and faulting and regional geological mapping revealed widely distributed tectonic forms and especially fault-related features, many of them of neotectonic age. This conclusion was reinforced by technological advances that allow faulting episodes to be closely dated. Thus, while Australia is a relatively stable continent, it is subject to widespread small-magnitude earth movements


Article of periodic

published at : Progress in physical geography / ISSN 0309-1333 / CODEN PPGEEC

Editor : Sage Publications, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1977)

Millesime : 2011, vol. 35, no4 [pp. 493-515]

Bibliographic references : 6,5 p.

Collation : 9 fig.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 14648 A

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