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- Timing and development of oroclines in the southern New England Orogen, New South Wales
Foster, D. A.
- The University of Newcastle. Faculty of Science & Information Technology, School of Environmental and Life Sciences
- ⁴⁰Ar/³⁹Ar dating of slate and phyllite in the Nambucca Block, southern New England Orogen, indicates that deformation took place between 264 and 260 Ma. These data further show that indentation of the Early Permian turbidite successions by the southward-moving Coffs Harbour Orocline ceased at this time. Folding of the Sakmarian to Sarginian sequences in the Silver Spur Basin (294.6 - 275.6 Ma) during the megafolding event constrains the formation of the Texas Orocline to be post-ca 276 Ma. The presence of brachiopod faunas indicates that orocline formation commenced in the early Kungurian (ca 273 Ma) during the early stages of the Hunter - Bowen Orogeny. Thus, development of the Texas and Coffs Harbour Oroclines took place within a period of 13 million years, from 273 to 260 Ma. Oblique convergence is believed to be responsible for the formation of the Texas and Coffs Harbour Oroclines and associated constrictional structures during the Hunter - Bowen Orogeny. Slip on a dextral, strike-slip fault formed during convergence, buckled and rotated the meridional-trending arc - forearc - subduction complex to form north-northwest-trending, Z-shaped megafolds.
- Australian Journal of Earth Sciences Vol. 55, Issue 3, p. 331 - 340
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- Taylor & Francis
40argon -39argon dating;
Coffs Harbour Orocline;
New England Orogen;
New South Wales;
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- journal article