Analytic comparison of apparent polar wander paths

B. J J Embleton*, N. I. Fisher, P. W. Schmidt

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    For geological times older than the age of the sea floor and for which we can justifiably extrapolate specific supercontinent configurations, an appeal to palaeomagnetism would seem the most appropriate approach to solve problems of continental distribution. In order to improve upon procedures whereby apparent polar wander paths are matched solely by inspection, we have developed an iterative technique which allows us to match paths on the surface of a sphere on an objective basis. The notion of a minimum combined path length from a comparison of two data sets is used to determine the optimal match-up. The technique is appropriate to cases where the only dating available for the points on each path is their relative chronology.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)276-282
    Number of pages7
    JournalEarth and Planetary Science Letters
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1983


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