Foreword by Peter Barrett Introduction 1 Overview and Synthesis of Basin Evolution 3 Overview of the Stratigraphy and Tectonics of the Mid-Cretaceous to Recent Succession 4 Assemblage 1 - The Early Extension Phase: The Mid- and Early Late Cretaceous Succession 5 Late Cretaceous and Paleogene Tectonic Setting: Changing Extensional Regimes 6 Passive Margin Phase: The Latest Cretaceous and Paleogene Succession 7 Mid- to Late Cenozoic Tectonism: The Kaikoura Orogeny 8 The Final Convergent Margin Phase: The Neogene Assemblage 9 Event Stratigraphy Concluding Remarks References Location Index General Index
Malcolm Laird (1935-2015) graduated from Auckland University in 1962 and joined the New Zealand Geological Survey. In 1966 he was granted leave to complete a D.Phil. at Oxford, which focused on the sedimentology of Silurian rocks in western Ireland. On return to New Zealand, he commenced research on the sedimentary basins of the West Coast of the South Island; this later expanded to cover the whole of New Zealand and culminated in the management of a major project on the Cretaceous and Cenozoic basins of the New Zealand region. These studies produced a massive volume of data and publications, which the present book draws together. His work on New Zealand basins was complemented by studies of Paleozoic rocks in the Transantarctic Mountains and interpretation of Cenozoic rocks from offshore drilling in McMurdo Sound. John Bradshaw studied geology at London University and completed a PhD on the Precambrian and Paleozoic rocks of western Finistere in 1963. He joined the Geology Department of the University of Canterbury in 1966 where he remained until 2009. He initially worked on the Mesozoic accretionary complex of the Southern Alps. At the same time he became interested, along with Malcolm Laird, in the Paleozoic rocks of Antarctica. Later, these two strands merged into a broader study of the tectonics of the Pacific margin of the Gondwana continent from New Zealand through Antarctica and into South America. His research on Cretaceous tectonic changes and continental break-up led to further collaboration with Malcolm and the invitation to work with him on this book. John was a long-serving member of the Ross Dependency Research Committee and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.