The Geology of Chile

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Teresa Moreno (Ph. D.), Wes Gibbons
Geological Society of London, 2007 - Science - 414 pages
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This book is the first comprehensive account in English of the geology of Chile, providing a key reference work that brings together many years of research, and written mostly by Chilean authors from various universities and other centres of research excellence. The 13 chapters begin with a general overview, followed by detailed accounts of Andean tectonostratigraphy and magmatism, the amazingly active volcanism, the world class ore deposits that have proven to be so critical to the welfare of the country, and Chilean water resources. The subject then turns to geophysics with an examination of neotectonics and earthquakes, the hazardous frequency of which is a daily fact of life for the Chilean population. There are chapters on the offshore geology and oceanography of the SE Pacific Ocean, subjects that continue to attract much research not least from those seeking to understand world climatic variations, and on late Quaternary land environments, concluding with an account examining human colonization of southernmost America. The geological evolution of Chile is the c. 550 million year history of a continental margin over 4000 km long. During his voyage on H.M.S. Beagle, an extended visit to Chile (1834-35) had a profound impact on Charles Darwin, especially on his understanding of volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis.
 

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Contents

Metallic ore deposits V Maksaev B Townley C Palacios F Camus
6
l0 Earthquakes in Chile S E Barrientos
263
Marine geology oceanography and climate M Marchant A Cecioni S Figueroa H Gonzalez S Giglio
289
l2 Late Quaternary environments and palaeoclimate C Latorre P I Moreno G Vargas A Maldonado
309
l3 Field excursion from central Chile to the Atacama Desert W Gibbons T Moreno
329
References
343
Index
397
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