Plate reconstruction workshop proceedings

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Wood, R.A.; Herzer, R.H.; Sutherland, R.; Edbrooke, S.W.; Uruski, C.I.; Thornton, S. 1996 Plate reconstruction workshop proceedings . Lower Hutt: Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences science report 96/35 26 p.

Abstract: This publication is a record of the plate reconstruction workshop held on 24-25 June in Wellington, NZ. The workshop was attended by over 30 scientists and students from New Zealand, the United States and France. The purpose of the workshop was to provide a forum for the discussion of recent research relevant to improving the understanding of how the pieces of the New Zealand region have moved and been deformed since the breakup of Gondwana. The workshops considered three time periods - Neogene, Paleogene and Cretaceous breakup and the afternoon of the second day was spent summarizing the results and making recommendations for future work. Each session was introduced and moderated by a chairperson. The chairperson for the Neogene session was Peter Ballance of Auckland University, for the Paleogene session Rupert Sutherland of IGNS, for the breakup session John Bradshaw of Canterbury University, and for the summary Ray Wood of IGNS. Participants made brief presentations of their research, and discussion was wide-ranging. Contributions ranged from the results of detailed mapping studies to regional syntheses and plate reconstructions, and discussions were geological, geophysical and philosophical. The workshop achieved at least three goals. It provided an excuse for a broad cross-section of interested people to get together and share their results and ideas, it highlighted where the key problems still remain, and suggested what lines of research may prove the most productive. (auth)