Gondwana basins of India occupy the middle of a 7500 km sector of radial valleys and lobes in central-eastern Gondwanaland

Ram C. Tewari, J. J. Veevers

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    During Permian and Triassic times, the Gondwana sequence of India, lateral equivalents in southern Australia and southeastern Africa, and an upslope equivalent in coastal East Antarctica were deposited in a 7500 km sector of valleys and lobes that radiated through 180° of arc from an inferred upland in East Antarctica. Initially glacigenic, subsequently coal-measure sediments, and finally redbeds were deposited during the stage of Pangean sagging. The middle part of the sector, crossed by alluvial valleys, is underlain by brittle Precambrian basement which, during the Late Triassic and Jurassic stage of Pangean rifting, was dismembered into grabens and half-grabens. The outer parts of the sector in southeastern Australia and southern Africa underlain by flexible Paleozoic basement were crossed by sedimentary lobes in ovate basins little deformed by later rifting. In its vast scale, the Gondwana sector of radial drainage is matched in the modern world only by the drainage that radiates north from the Central Asian upland.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceeding of the Eighth Gondwana Symposium
    EditorsR. H. Findlay, R. Unrug, M. R. Banks, J. J. Veevers
    Number of pages6
    Publication statusPublished - 1993
    EventThe Eighth Gondwana Symposium - Hobart, Australia
    Duration: 21 Jun 199124 Jun 1991


    ConferenceThe Eighth Gondwana Symposium


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