Palaeomagnetic analysis of 11 diamond-drill cores from the Late Devonian Brewer Conglomerate in the northeastern part of the Amadeus Basin, central Australia, yields three magnetic components: a drilling-induced remanence (C1) acquired during the industrial drilling process, a mid- to Late Carboniferous syn-deformational overprint (C2) acquired during the Alice Springs Orogeny, and a primary remanence (C3). C3 passes a fold test and gives a latest Devonian pole (BC) at 47.1-degrees-S, 041.0-degrees-E with A95=6.4-degrees. The revised APWP for Gondwanaland requires West Gondwanaland to drift across the South Pole during the Late Devonian with a speed of approximately 20 cm yr-1, while East Gondwanaland remained at low-latitude positions. It is suggested that fast plate movement occurred far more often during the Palaeozoic than has previously been thought.
|Journal||Geophysical Journal International|
|Publication status||Published - 1993|