For over two decades, the repeatedly metamorphic and polydeformed
rocks of the Acatlan Complex of south- central Mexico have
traditionally been linked to the Appalachian mountains of eastern
North America and the closure of the Iapetus Ocean. Recent multi-
disciplinary studies have refined our understanding of its tectonic
evolution and challenge previous Paleozoic tectonic and
paleogeographic models. This work presents detailed mapping,
petrographic, structural, geochronological, and geochemical data
from the northern part of the complex and show that the Acatlan
Complex records various styles of deformational events at different
times. This finding suggests that the complex's tectonothermal
evolution is associated with the closure of the successor Rheic
Ocean during the final assembly of Pangea. This is an ideal book
for senior undergraduate and postgraduate students of structural
geology, regional tectonics, and continental geodynamics interested
in orogenic processes. It is also a valuable reference work for
research earth scientists.
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