geology of new guinea

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April 7, 2015

 

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Timor is situated on top of the oceanic lithosphere that is riding on top of the Australian plate. The final stage of the New Guinean tectonic history has the Australian continental lithosphere being broken up by an ophiolite. The continental lithosphere connected to the other side of the ophiolite is continuing to subduct the oceanic lithosphere falling behind it...
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The continental lithosphere connected to the other side of the ophiolite is continuing to subduct the oceanic lithosphere falling behind it. The water surrounding New Guinea is very, very shallow, showing how close the two continental lithospheres really are. Technically, when looked at on the opposite side of the world, Brevard College would sit on the space of continental lithosphere that is entrapped between the ophiolite and the oceanic lithosphere pushing under it...
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