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TitreBoris Choubert: Unrecognized visionary geologist, pioneer of the global tectonics
AuteurKornprobst, J; Ëbalos, B; Barbey, P; Boullier, A -M; Burg, J -P; Capdevila, R; Claesson, S; Cordani, U; Corrigan, D; Gabrielsen, R H; Gil-Ibarguchi, J I; Johansson,; Letsch, D; Le, Vigouroux, P; Upton, B
SourceBulletin De La Societe Geologique De France vol. 189, 2, 2018., https://doi.org/10.1051/bsgf/2018006
Année2018
ÉditeurSociete Geologique de France
Documentpublication en série
Lang.anglais
DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1051/bsgf/2018006
Mediapapier; en ligne; numérique
ProgrammeSaglek Block : Connexion et métallogénie Canada-Groenland de la région d'Hudson/Ungava, GEM2 : La géocartographie de l'énergie et des minéraux
Résumé(disponible en anglais seulement)
This work is a review of Boris Choubert's paper (1935), which was published in French under the rather devalorizing title: "Research on the Genesis of Palaeozoic and Precambrian Belts." Despite its innovative content, this article had no impact either at the time of its publication or even later. It begins with the construction of a remarkable fit of the circum-Atlantic continents. This was based on the -1.000 meters isobath instead of the shoreline. Thirty years before Bullard et al. (1965), it demonstrated in an indisputable way the reality of the continents motion on the surface of the Earth. Therefore, Choubert designated Wegener's "continental drift" as the main cause of tectonics. Even going beyond Wegener's theory, he argued that this mechanism was efficient well before the formation of the Triassic Pang¾a, during the whole Palaeozoic to result in the building of the Caledonian and Hercynian mountains. Although he was still encumbered by the vocabulary of the time regarding geosynclines, Boris Choubert described tectonics based on the horizontal mobility of the Precambrian continental blocks. Oddly enough, he did not apply this model to the Precambrian structures, which he attributed to the effects of the Earth's rotation on the continental crust during its solidification. At the time of its publication, this paper was a very important step towards understanding global tectonics. Unfortunately, Choubert's contemporaries did not generally recognize its significance. © J. Kornprobst et al., Published by EDP Sciences 2018.
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