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STRATI 2013 pp 763-766 | Cite as

Stratigraphy of the Lower Palaeozoic Bowers Supergroup, Northern Victoria Land, Antarctica: Preliminary Results From the 2012–2013 Korean Antarctic Geological Expedition

  • Jusun WooEmail author
  • Young-Hwan Kim
  • Tae-Yoon Park
  • Jong Ik Lee
  • In Sung Yoo
  • Sangbum Park
  • Moon Young Choe
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Geology book series (SPRINGERGEOL)

Abstract

Since Korea built the first Antarctic research station on King George Island, South Shetland Islands, the Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) has conducted geological projects on the island, including research on stratigraphy, petrology, geochronology, and pedology. The second Korean Antarctic research station is now being built, with its opening scheduled for March 2014, and is located on Northern Victoria Land (NVL), East Antarctica. KOPRI has started to shift its focus of geological research to the Transantarctic Mountains (TAMs), including NVL. Among many research targets, the lower Palaeozoic stratigraphy of NVL will be the first issue to tackle. The tectonics and related basin evolution of NVL, which differs from those of the main part of the TAMs, has been the core geological issue of the region. To better understand the basin evolution history, KOPRI is planning a multi-year research programme spanning such geological methods as sedimentology, palaeontology, structural geology, and petrology. As a reconnaissance study, a group of sedimentologists and palaeontologists undertook fieldwork in the Eureka Spurs, ca. 220 km northwest of the new station, during the austral summer season of 2012–2013. Here, the results of the reconnaissance and the strategy for further research are presented.

Keywords

Antarctica Transantarctic mountains Northern Victoria Land Lithostratigraphy Ross orogeny Provenance 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jusun Woo
    • 1
    Email author
  • Young-Hwan Kim
    • 1
  • Tae-Yoon Park
    • 1
  • Jong Ik Lee
    • 1
  • In Sung Yoo
    • 1
  • Sangbum Park
    • 1
  • Moon Young Choe
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Polar Earth-System SciencesKorea Polar Research InstituteIncheonKorea

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