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Indian Shield. Precambrian Evolution and Phanerozoic Reconstitution

  • Book
  • April 2018
  • Region: India
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
  • ID: 4414188

Indian Shield: Precambrian Evolution and Phanerozoic Reconstitution highlights unique evolutionary trends covering a period of over 3,500 million years, from the oldest crust to the most recent geological activity of the Indian Subcontinent. The book discusses regional terrain geology in terms of the evolutionary history of the crust, describing how the Precambrian Shield evolved from a stable continental region to a tectonically unstable zone marked by frequent high-intensity earthquakes in a Plate-interior setting. It is a complete and readable account of the history of growth and evolution of the Indian Subcontinent, including Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan.

The book is intended for graduate students, researchers, and teachers in the geosciences, especially geophysics, geomorphology and geology. The book also serves as an important resource for tectonics and petrology researchers, as well as those involved in exploration of mineral resources.

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Table of Contents

PART 1: Precambrian Crust of India: A general Introduction 1. Pristine size, shape and tectonic framework of Indian Shield 2. Geomorphotectonic and Geophysical characterization of Indian Subcontinent 3. Framework of Indian Shield: Concepts and tectonic subdivisions 4. Geology and evolutionary history of Precambrian crustal blocks 5. Correlation and evolutionary history of the Indian Shield

PART 2: Early Phanerozioc Geology of India 6. Palaeozoicgeologic history 7. Geology of the Gondwana Supergroup: 1. Definition, Classification, and Distribution 8. Geology of the Gondwana Supergroup: 2. Sedimentation, Basin Morphology and Evolution

PART 3: Between Jurassic Breakup and the Himalayan Collision 9. Jurassic marine incursions and basin evolution 10. Development of fracture system (Lineament) consequent on break-up of Gondwanaland 11. Plume outbursts and their manifestations on Indian Shield

PART 4: Geology and Evolution of the Himalayas 12. Constituents and Tectonic architecture of the Himalayas 13. Lithotectonic Units and Sedimentation pattern 14. Pattern of metamorphism and Tectonichistory of the Himalayas

PART 5: Quaternary Geology and Active tectonics and Palaeoseismicity 15. Quaternary Basin evolutions and sedimentation pattern 16. Active tectonics and resultant seismicity in Indian Subcontinent


A.B. Roy Emeritus Fellow/Senior Scientist, Visiting Professor and Project Investigator at Presidency College, Kolkata. A. B. Roy, MSc, 1961; PhD, 1965 (Jadavpur University) is a Retired Professor of Geology at M.L. Sukhadia University. He was a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for post-doctoral work at Rurh University in 1975-76. He was elected Fellow of the Indian Science Academy, Bangalore, in 1989, and the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, in 1990. He has published two books, a number of edited volumes, and over 120 research papers and scientific reviews on different aspects of Earth science. Ritesh Purohit Associate Prof. Geology, Government College Sirohi, Rajasthan, India. Ritesh Purohit, MSc (1995); PhD (2002) (ML Sukhadia University) is an Associate Professor in Geology at the Government College, Sirohi, Rajasthan, India. He has been engaged in teaching and research for the last 22 years and has more than 100 research publications to his credit. He is involved in many international research collaborations including the Carnegie Institution of Washington, USA. He is a recipient of post-doctoral research awards from UGC and DST of the Govt. of India, and grants from NASA, International Atomic Energy Agency, Geological Society of America, International Geological Congress and UNESCO-IGCP for research activities.