Articles | Volume 5, issue 2
Solid Earth, 5, 1243–1275, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-5-1243-2014
Solid Earth, 5, 1243–1275, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-5-1243-2014

Review article 04 Dec 2014

Review article | 04 Dec 2014

Future accreted terranes: a compilation of island arcs, oceanic plateaus, submarine ridges, seamounts, and continental fragments

J. L. Tetreault and S. J. H. Buiter

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Continents are composed of a collage of accreted terranes: tectonically sutured crustal units of various origins. This review covers the cycle of terrane accretion from the original entity (modern-day oceanic island arcs, oceanic plateaus, submarine ridges, seamounts, continental fragments, and microcontinents) to present-day examples of terrane accretion to finally allochthonous accreted terranes.