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Earth and Environmental Sciences

EES 405 : Evolution of the Indian Plate   (4)

Prerequisites:Credited or registered in All EES 300 and 400 level courses

Learning Objectives:

This course offers a synthesis of the developmental history of the Indian plate through the Precambrian (~3.5 b.y. to 540 m.y.) and the Phanerozoic (540 m.y. to recent). An overview of the major geological provinces of the Indian plate and their geodynamic contexts in terms of cratonization, rifting, volcanism, and collision orogenesis is presented. Finally, the evolutionary trajectory of the Indian continent is traced from the initial formation of continental nucleii in the Archaean to its present state, as manifested in the geology and morpho-tectonics of the Indian plate.

Course Contents:

Unit-1: Introduction
Physiography of the Indian subcontinent; Geological terrains of the Indian continent.

Unit-2: Precambrian
Archaean cratons - Bastar, Singhbhum, Dharwar, Aravalli; Proterozoic mobile belts, Purana basins of Peninsular India (Vindhyan, Cuddapah)

Unit-3: Phanerozoic
Gondwanaland and the Late Palaeozoic – Basinal stratigraphy, tectonics and sedimentation,  Mesozoic basins of India;  Jurassic-Cretaceous volcanism - Rajmahal and Deccan volcanic provinces, Cenozoic basins of India, Collision orogenesis and the evolution of Himalaya

Suggested Readings :

  1. Valdiya, K. S., 2010, The making of India – Geodynamic evolution (2 nd  Edition), Springer.
  2. Ramakrishana, M., and Vaidyanadhan, R., 2008, Geology of India, Geological Society of India.

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