Did the Atlantic Close and then Re-Open?

  title={Did the Atlantic Close and then Re-Open?},
  author={J. T. Wilson},
  • J. Wilson
  • Published 13 August 1966
  • History
  • Nature
Structure and origin of the rifted margin of the northern Gulf of Mexico
The wide continental margin of southern Louisiana borders Paleozoic terranes that accreted to Laurentia before Jurassic rifting formed the Gulf of Mexico. It is unclear whether continental rifting
Surrection cénozoïque de l'Ouest de l'Afrique à partir de deux exemples : le plateau sud-namibien et la marge nord camerounaise
L'Afrique est connue depuis longtemps comme etant un continent sureleve. Cette forte topographie pourrait soit resulter d'une topographie preexistante, soit etre acquise lors de la formation des
Pattern of Global Crustal Stresses of the Earth
The results of tectonophysical inversion of the global tectonic stress field are considered from the position of explaining the active forces that cause the lithospheric plate movements. The analysis
Impact of Mafic Underplating and Mantle Depletion on Subsequent Rifting: A Numerical Modeling Study
Orogenesis in the Variscan belt of Western Europe was followed by a major magmatic event during the Permian that formed a mafic lower crust by crystallizing pyroxenite and gabbros from mantle‐derived
3D Numerical Modelling of the Wilson Cycle: A Study of Structural Inheritance in the Lithosphere
The Wilson Cycle entails the cyclic closing and opening of oceans and is a fundamental component of plate tectonics. It implicitly emphasis the importance of tectonic inheritance in geodynamics,
Diachronous Paleozoic accretion of peri-Gondwanan terranes at the Laurentian margin
Abstract In the original Wilson cycle, the northern Appalachian–Caledonide orogen resulted from the collision of two continental masses separated by a single ocean. One of these corresponds to the
Implications of seismic data for the structural evolution and numerical modelling of the Eastern Mediterranean Basin
The Eastern Mediterranean region includes several diverse tectonic domains. Their complexity and interaction have led to competing theories for the region’s evolution. This study aims to resolve some
Mantle Flow as a Trigger for Subduction Initiation: A Missing Element of the Wilson Cycle Concept
The classical Wilson Cycle concept, describing repeated opening and closing of ocean basins, hypothesizes spontaneous conversion of passive continental margins into subduction zones. This process,
Reconstructing pre-Pangean supercontinents
Twenty-fi ve years ago, initial plans for reconstructing the Rodinia supercontinent were being drafted, based on the growing recognition of correlatable mid-Neoproterozoic (0.8–0.7 Ga) rifted passive


The fit of the continents around the Atlantic
Fits made by numerical methods, with a ‘least squares’ criterion of fit, for the continents around the Atlantic ocean are described, finding the best fit to be at the 500 fm contour which lies on the steep part of the continental edge.
Upper Cretaceous Fossil Molluscs in South America and West Africa
  • R. Reyment
  • Environmental Science, Geology
  • 1965
OVER the past few years there has been a great revival of interest in the theory of continental drift, owing largely to the results yielded by palaeomagnetic investigations. Whereas most geologists a
The tectonic evolution of the western United States
  • J. Gilluly
  • Geology
    Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London
  • 1963
The Pre-Cambrian history of the western United States is fragmentary, and the radio-metric dates so far measured give no obvious clues to ancient orogenic belts or to systematic continental
Tritium, Argon 37, and Manganese 54 Radioactivities in a Fragment of Sputnik 4
Tritium, Ar/sup 37/, and Mn/sup 54/ radioactivities were measured in samples from a steel fragment of Sputnik 4. The tritium activity was low compared with the amount expected to be produced by
Tuscarora, Juniata, and Bald Eagle Paleocurrents and Paleogeography in the Central Appalachians
Sediment dispersal patterns of the Lower-Silurian Tuscarora Quartzite and Upper Ordovician Juniata and Bald Eagle formations were mapped in the Central Appalachians. Cross-bedding was the principal