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Vertical movement of isolated oceanic islands at plate margins: evidence from emergent reefs in Tonga (Pacific Ocean), Cayman Islands (Caribbean Sea) and Christmas Island (Indian Ocean)

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Tectonic uplift is a prominent feature of major island arcs, and flights of emergent coral reefs indicate substantial vertical movements at such plate margins. On oceanic plate boundaries less is known about vertical movement. Sea-level indicators, particularly radiometrically-dated emergent reefs, are described from the limestone islands of Tonga on the Tongan frontal arc in the Pacific Ocean, from the Cayman Islands, on a transverse plate boundary with minor spreading centre in the Caribbean Sea, and from Christmas Island on a subducting plate in the Indian Ocean. -from Author

Publication Date


  • 1988

Citation


  • Woodroffe, C. D. (1988). Vertical movement of isolated oceanic islands at plate margins: evidence from emergent reefs in Tonga (Pacific Ocean), Cayman Islands (Caribbean Sea) and Christmas Island (Indian Ocean). Zeitschrift fur Geomorphologie, Supplementband, 69, 17-37.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0024191386

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 17

End Page


  • 37

Volume


  • 69

Abstract


  • Tectonic uplift is a prominent feature of major island arcs, and flights of emergent coral reefs indicate substantial vertical movements at such plate margins. On oceanic plate boundaries less is known about vertical movement. Sea-level indicators, particularly radiometrically-dated emergent reefs, are described from the limestone islands of Tonga on the Tongan frontal arc in the Pacific Ocean, from the Cayman Islands, on a transverse plate boundary with minor spreading centre in the Caribbean Sea, and from Christmas Island on a subducting plate in the Indian Ocean. -from Author

Publication Date


  • 1988

Citation


  • Woodroffe, C. D. (1988). Vertical movement of isolated oceanic islands at plate margins: evidence from emergent reefs in Tonga (Pacific Ocean), Cayman Islands (Caribbean Sea) and Christmas Island (Indian Ocean). Zeitschrift fur Geomorphologie, Supplementband, 69, 17-37.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0024191386

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 17

End Page


  • 37

Volume


  • 69