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Dynamic Computer Model for the Metallogenesis and Tectonics of the Circum-North Pacific

By Christopher R. Scotese1, Warren J. Nokleberg2, James W.H. Monger3, Ian O. Norton4, Leonid M. Parfenov5, Alexander I. Khanchuk6, Thomas K. Bundtzen 7, *), Kenneth M. Dawson3, Roman A. Eremin8, Yuri F. Frolov9, Kazuya Fujita10, Nikolai A. Goryachev8, Anany I. Pozdeev 9, Vladimir V. Ratkin6, Sergey M. Rodinov11, Ilya S. Rozenblum12, David W. Scholl2, Vladimir I. Shpikerman 8, Anatoly A. Sidorov13, and David B. Stone14.

Scientific Editors: Warren J. Nokleberg2 and Michael F. Diggles2

U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 01-261
Version 1.0

2001

Prepared in Collaboration with Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian Geological Committee, Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, and Geological Survey of Canada

U.S. Department of the Interior
Gail A. Norton, Secretary

U.S. Geological Survey
Charles G. Groat, Director

This report is preliminary and has not been reviewed for conformity with U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) editorial standards or with the North American Stratigraphic Code. Any use of trade, firm, or product names is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


1 University of Texas, Arlington, Texas
2 U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California, USA
3 Geological Survey of Canada, Vancouver, Canada
4 Exxon Exploration Company, Houston, Texas
5 Yakutian Academy of Sciences, Yakutsk, Russia
6 Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladivostok, Russia
7 Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
8 Russian Academy of Sciences, Magadan, Russia
9 Geological Committee of Kamchatka, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia
10 Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
11 Russian Academy of Sciences, Khabarovsk, Russia
12 Geological Committee of Northeastern Russia, Magadan
13 Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
14 University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska
* Now at Pacific Rim Geological Consulting, Fairbanks, Alaska

Quick Start

For those already familiar with Windows Media Player and who have this program on their computer, go directly to the file withstops.avi (130 MB). Open this file to start the start-stop version of the dynamic computer model for metallogenesis and tectonics, or open nonstop.avi to start the continuous version of the computer model for tectonics (75 MB).

For those already familiar with QuickTime Movie Player, and who have version 5 or higher on their computer, go directly to the file withstops.mov (130 MB). Open this file to start the start-stop version of the dynamic computer model for metallogenesis and tectonics, or Open nonstop.mov to start the version of the continuous dynamic computer model for tectonics (75 MB).

Summary

This publication is an online version of a CD-ROM publication, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 01-261. The data for this publication total 495 MB.

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Abstract

The digital files on this report consist of a dynamic computer model of the metallogenesis and tectonics of the Circum-North Pacific, and background articles, figures, and maps. The tectonic part of the dynamic computer model is derived from a major analysis of the tectonic evolution of the Circum-North Pacific which is also contained in directory tectevol.

The dynamic computer model and associated materials on this CD-ROM are part of a project on the major mineral deposits, metallogenesis, and tectonics of the Russian Far East, Alaska, and the Canadian Cordillera. The project provides critical information on bedrock geology and geophysics, tectonics, major metalliferous mineral resources, metallogenic patterns, and crustal origin and evolution of mineralizing systems for this region. The major scientific goals and benefits of the project are to: (1) provide a comprehensive international data base on the mineral resources of the region that is the first, extensive knowledge available in English; (2) provide major new interpretations of the origin and crustal evolution of mineralizing systems and their host rocks, thereby enabling enhanced, broad-scale tectonic reconstructions and interpretations; and (3) promote trade and scientific and technical exchanges between North America and Eastern Asia.

Screen shot of one of the frames in the movie - Late Jurassic

Screen shot of one of the frames in the motion-graphics files

Contents

ROOT LEVEL

At the root (base level) of publication are the Readme (1_README.TXT, 1_README.PDF, and 1_README.DOC) and the documentation for this preliminary publication (OF01-261.PDF and OF01-261.DOC).

The dynamic computer model is in Windows Media Player format (*.avi) and Quicktime format (*.mov). Explanatory materials, including explanations, tables, and a companion article are in Word 6 format (*.doc) and Adobe Acrobat Reader format (*.pdf). Plane-text files are in ASCII (*.txt).

The directories of publication, including the dynamic computer model, maps, tables, and articles, are stored in the following directories under the indicated file name.

Directory dynamod - DYNAMIC COMPUTER MODEL

The directory dynamod contains the dynamic computer model in Windows Media Player format (*.avi) and Quicktime format (*.mov), and explanatory files in Word and Portable Document (*.PDF) Formats. With installation of the Adobe Acrobat Reader program, provided on the CD-ROM, the explanatory files in PDF format can be viewed or printed by double-clicking on the file names ending in .pdf. The various explanatory files are included to provide viewers with information on explanation of the graphic elements of the model, summary table of metallogenic belts, detailed table of metallogenic belts, and a description of the major metallogenic and tectonic events for the computer model.

With the Windows Media Play program, or QuickTime Movie Player program, the Windows Media Player files (*.avi) or QuickTime Move Player files (*.mov) can be viewed on both Windows and Macintosh computers. For easier manipulation of the computer model, the files can be copied onto a hard drive. Viewing from a hard drive will permit manual reversing of the computer model. Similar controls exists for the QuickTime Movie Player.

In Windows Media Player, the button with the two vertical bars, near the lower-left part of the window, can be used to stop the animation. To start the animation, click on the button to the left with the right-pointing arrow. Stopping the animation at each of the major times will serve to show the major igneous-related metallogenic belts and lettering. If desired, under Options and View, the animation can be set to run forever, i.e., recycle.

In alphabetical order, the file names and purposes in the directory dynamod are as follows.

beltsum.pdf. Summary table of metallogenic belts, major mineral deposit types, and tectonic environments for each of 14 time stages. This table is designed to be printed and placed to the side of the computer monitor for easy reference while viewing the computer model. This table is a summary version of dettab.pdf, described below.

descrip.pdf or descrip.doc. Description of major metallogenic and tectonic events for each of 14 time stages that were used to construct the dynamic computer model. This description is derived from the paper on the Phanerozoic tectonic evolution of the Circum-North Pacific (Nokleberg and others, 2001) and from dettab.pdf or dettab.doc, below, that is derived from a study of the metallogenesis of the Russian Far East, Alaska, and the Canadian Cordillera (Nokleberg and others, 2001, in press).

dettab.pdf or dettab.doc. Detailed table of metallogenic belts, mineral deposit types, environment, host unit, and tectonic event. This table is a detailed version of beltsum.pdf.

modexplan.pdf. Graphical explanation of symbols and colors in dynamic model. This file can be display on a computer monitor to the side of the dynamic model, each in separate windows.

nonstop.avi or nonstop.mov. Dynamic computer model for tectonics of the Circum-North Pacific. This computer model displays a continuous model for both metallogenesis and tectonics. The model is based on 14 separate time-stages, starting in the Devonian and ending in the Present. The model runs continuously, although can be stopped and resumed with the controls on the Windows Media Player or QuickTime Movie Player.

withstops.avi or withstops.mov. Dynamic computer model for metallogenesis and tectonics of the Circum-North Pacific. This computer model displays a continuous model for both metallogenesis and tectonics. The model is based on 14 separate time-stages, starting in the Devonian and ending in the Present. The model pauses for a few seconds for each time stage in order to display map units and metallogenic belt abbreviations. The model can be stopped and resumed with the controls on the Windows Media Player or QuickTime Movie Player.

DIRECTORY tectevol - TECTONIC EVOLUTION ARTICLE

The directory tectevol contains digital files for text and figures for the U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1626 on the Phanerozoic Tectonic Evolution of the Circum-North Pacific (Nokleberg and others, 2001). This paper provides essential data and interpretations for the tectonic interpretations for the dynamic model. The paper is provided in Adobe Acrobat format (pp1626.pdf). The figures for the paper are provided in Adobe Acrobat (*.pdf), Corel Draw 9 (*.cdr), and Adobe Illustrator 7 (*.ai) formats.

With Word or Adobe Acrobat Reader installed, the files can be viewed and printed by double-clicking on the file name.

The file names and purposes are as follows.

FIG1.* through FIG20.* - Figures in various formats.

pp1626.pdf - Professional Paper in Adobe Acrobat format.

The Professional Paper is also available for free downloading on the World-Wide Web at http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/2000/1626/.


This publication consists of the online version of a CD-ROM publication that contains, in addition to the information on this Web site, CD-ROM-autoplay files for Windows, installer software for QuickTime, installer software for Adobe Acrobat Reader,and a search index. The data for this publication total 563 MB on the CD-ROM. The CD-ROM is available for sale by writing:

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Created: October 10, 2001
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