Kinematic data from the Rennick Glacier area indicate the presence of two intra-Wilson Terrane late-Ross opposite-directed high-strain reverse shear systems. High-grade rocks are W- and E-ward displaced over low-grade rocks and shallow-level intrusions. The shear zones are offset in a step-like pattern suggesting the presence of ENE trending right-lateral faults. The structural pattern accounts for a relationship between the Exiles and Wilson thrusts in Oates Land, which in our opinion can be traced from the Pacific coast to the Ross Sea. The western front of the Ross Orogen towards the East Antarctic Craton is best interpreted as a broad W-vergent fold-and-thrust belt, along which the intra-Wilson Terrane arc was detached and thrust onto the craton. The shear zones related to the Exiles Thrust system represent the internal, easternmost thrusts of this belt. Based on our data in combination with recent geophysical and geochronological results, the craton-orogen boundary must be located significantly further W than previously inferred. The boundary and hence the inferred termination of the proposed fold-and-trust belt may roughly lie in the area between Mertz and Ninnis Glaciers in George V Land, taking into account a considerable amount of likely post-Ross crustal extension possibly related to the Wilkes Subglacial Basin.
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- Late-Ross Structures in the Wilson Terrane in the Rennick Glacier Area (Northern Victoria Land, Antarctica)
Andreas L. Läufer
- Springer Berlin Heidelberg
- Chapter 4.5