Seismic-Reflection Signature of Cretaceous Continental Breakup on the Wilkes Land Margin, Antarctica

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Science  13 Sep 1985:
Vol. 229, Issue 4718, pp. 1082-1084
DOI: 10.1126/science.229.4718.1082


The passive (rifted) continental margin of Wilkes Land, Antarctica, is characterized on seismic reflection records by (i) in the south, a block-faulted sequence of highly stratified continental beds overlain by two distinct unconformities; (ii) a transitional, greatly thinned continental crust overlain by material interpreted to be flood basalt; and (iii) in the north, oceanic crust with a boundary ridge at its edge. The Mohorovičić discontinuity can be followed across the continent-ocean boundary and shows a progressive thinning of continental crust to a minimum of 2.5 kilometers at its northern edge.

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