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The Transantarctic Mountains

Rocks, Ice, Meteorites and Water

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  • Comprehensive overview, covers all major aspects of the Transantarctic Mountains Each of the ten chapters is self-contained with extensive references and data tables Well illustrated with original diagrams and color photographs including the artwork of D. Molenaar

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

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Table of contents (20 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Exploration and Characterization

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. The Exploration of Antarctica

      • Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
      Pages 3-40
    3. Antarctica: The Continent

      • Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
      Pages 41-64
  3. The Basement Rocks

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 65-65
    2. Southern Victoria Land; Basement Rocks

      • Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
      Pages 67-97
    3. Northern Victoria Land

      • Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
      Pages 99-144
    4. Central Transantarctic Mountains

      • Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
      Pages 145-172
    5. The Queen Maud Mountains

      • Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
      Pages 173-199
    6. Horlick Mountains

      • Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
      Pages 201-224
    7. The Far-Eastern Mountains

      • Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
      Pages 225-273
    8. From Rodinia to Gondwana

      • Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
      Pages 275-285
  4. Gondwana: Growth and Disintegration

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 287-287
    2. The Beacon Supergroup

      • Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
      Pages 289-330
    3. Beacon Supergroup; Special topics

      • Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
      Pages 331-371
    4. The Ferrar Group: Kirkpatrick Basalt

      • Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
      Pages 373-414
    5. Ferrar Group: Dolerite Sills and the Dufek Intrusion

      • Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
      Pages 415-469
    6. Kirwan Volcanics, Queen Maud Land

      • Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
      Pages 471-489
    7. Break-up of Gondwana and Assembly of Antarctica

      • Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
      Pages 491-515
  5. Fire and Ice

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 517-517

About this book

This book presents a summary of the geology of the Transantarctic Mountains for Earth scientists who may want to work there or who need an overview of the geologic history of this region. In addition, the properties of the East Antarctic ice sheet and of the meteorites that accumulate on its surface are treated in separate chapters. The presentation ends with the Cenozoic glaciation of the Transantarctic Mountains including the limnology and geochemical evolution of the saline lakes in the ice-free valleys.

• The subject matter in this book is presented in chronological order starting about 750 million years ago and continuing to the present time.
• The chapters can be read selectively because the introduction to each chapter identifies the context that gives relevance to the subject matter to be discussed.
• The text is richly illustrated with 330 original line drawings as well as with 182 color maps and photographs.
• The book contains indexes of both subject matter and of authors’ names that allow it to be used as an encyclopedia of the Transantarctic Mountains and of the East Antarctic ice sheet.
• Most of the chapters are supplemented by Appendices containing data tables, additional explanations of certain phenomena (e.g., the formation and seasonal destruction of stratospheric ozone), and illustrative calculations (e.g., 38Cl dates of meteorites).
• The authors have spent a combined total of fourteen field seasons between 1964 and 1995 doing geological research in the Transantarctic Mountains with logistical support by the US Antarctic Program.
• Although Antarctica is remote and inaccessible, tens of thousands of scientists of many nationalities and their assistants have worked there and even larger numbers of investigators will work there in the future.

Keywords

  • Antarctica
  • East Antarctic ice sheet
  • Meteorites
  • Ozone hole
  • Transantarctic mountains

Reviews

From the reviews:

“An ambitiously broad subject matter that has been aimed at an equally wide audience, ranging from active researchers to those who visit Antarctica ‘to be inspired by its natural beauty’. … an important resource for anyone wishing to plan a field campaign to this mountain region … . This book will be valuable addition to any Antarctic research centre’s library, but given the increased prominence of Antarctic science it should also find a place in the Earth Science section of most university libraries.” (Mike Curtis, Geological Magazine, April, 2011)

Authors and Affiliations

  • , School of Earth Sciences and Byrd Polar, The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA

    Gunter Faure

  • , School of Earth Sciences and Byrd Polar, The Ohio State University, Marion, USA

    Teresa M. Mensing

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook
USD 179.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-90-481-9390-5
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 229.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 279.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)