The Age of the South Atlantic

  • John W. Ladd
  • Geoffrey O. Dickson
  • Walter C. PitmanIII


This paper attempts to further delineate the pattern of continental drift that has taken place in the South Atlantic since mid-Mesozoic time. The history presented is based on the analysis of the magnetic anomaly pattern associated with the mid-Atlantic ridge which indicates the age of the basement rock and may be used to determine to a first approximation the pattern of drift between the continental masses that surround the Atlantic.


Fracture Zone Magnetic Anomaly Continental Drift East Pacific Rise Ridge Axis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John W. Ladd
    • 1
  • Geoffrey O. Dickson
    • 1
    • 2
  • Walter C. PitmanIII
    • 1
  1. 1.Lamont-Doherty Geological ObservatoryColumbia UniversityPalisadesUSA
  2. 2.Newmont Proprietary LimitedAustralia

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