Two-phase Cretaceous–Paleocene rifting in the Taranaki Basin region, New Zealand; implications for Gondwana break-up

Published on 2017-05-05T08:20:01Z (GMT) by
The break-up of Gondwana resulted in extension of New Zealand continental crust during the Cretaceous– Paleocene. Offshore the geometry and rift history are well imaged by new regional mapping of a large seismic reflection dataset, tied to wells, used here to document the Cretaceous–Paleocene (<i>c</i>. 105 – 55 Ma) evolution of the greater Taranaki Basin region. Two temporally distinct phases of rifting have been recognized in the region, and record Gondwana break-up. The first (Zealandia rift phase) produced half-grabens trending NW to WNW during the mid-Cretaceous (<i>c</i>. 105 – 83 Ma). These rift basins predate, and are parallel to, Tasman Sea spreading centres. They record distributed stretching of northern Zealandia prior to the onset of seafloor spreading in the Tasman Sea. A short period (<i>c</i>. 83 – 80 Ma) of uplift and erosion followed, possibly representing a break-up unconformity, with erosion in southern Taranaki Basin and deposition of the 'Taranaki Delta' sequence in Deepwater Taranaki. The second, West Coast–Taranaki rift phase produced north- to NE-trending extensional half-grabens in the shelfal Taranaki Basin during the latest Cretaceous–Paleocene (<i>c</i>. 80–55 Ma). This rift was narrow (>150 km wide), orthogonal to Zealandia phase rifting, affected mainly western Zealandia and did not progress to full break-up.

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Strogen, Dominic P.; Seebeck, Hannu; Nicol, Andrew; King, Peter R. (2017): Two-phase Cretaceous–Paleocene rifting in the Taranaki Basin region, New Zealand; implications for Gondwana break-up. Geological Society of London.

https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.c.3772175.v1

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