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Neoproterozoic-Cambrian Damara Orogen in Namibia

David Foster and Ben Goscombe (courtesy faculty member) recently published two large “focus” papers on the Neoproterozoic-Cambrian Damara Orogen in Namibia.   A comprehensive analysis of the structures at the intersection of two major continental-continent collisional, suture zone was published in Geoscience Frontiers (  A review of the metamorphic architecture of the Damara Belt was published in Gondwana Research (,UYEnKBsZ).
These papers are unique in showing that ancient continental collision belts, that led to the formation of large continents like Africa today, developed by the development of fault structures, tectonic burial, rock metamorphism, and uplift similar to what is occurring today in the Himalayan collision zone between India and Asia.  The process forming the modern collision zone is essentially the same that occurred in Africa about 500 million years ago.