New Journal Article | February 2022

A new geological map of the Lau Basin (SW Pacific Ocean) reveals crustal growth processes in arc-backarc systems”, research led by Meg Stewart at Mount Royal University, was published online at GSA’s open-access journal Geosphere. It discusses the development of a new 1:1,000,000 lithostratigraphic map of the Lau Basin, which is a type-example of an active back-arc basin, located in the SW Pacific Ocean. The map was constructed using remote predicitve mapping techniques and provides a new way to quantify the amount and distribution of different types of crust in the oceans. It also helps to better understand how active back-arc basins form and evolve over time.

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