Rift basins of Triassic-Jurassic age that are associated with the breakup of the Pangean supercontinent contain an extraordinary record of the physical and biological conditions during this important period of Earth history. Rather than studying the rift basins as local features, ongoing work reveals that the Triassic-Jurassic rifts should be considered in a broader context that spans the entire proto-Atlantic realm. The rift province, collectively called the central Atlantic margin system, spans more than 45 degrees of paleolatitude and records over 35 million years of Earth history. The central Atlantic margin basins are of broad appeal to researchers interested in topics as diverse as extensional tectonics, the global magnetostratigraphic timescale, the evolution of early mammals, the appearance and diversification of dinosaurs, rift to drift crustal dynamics, astronomical forcing of climate, and models for the formation and occurrence of economic minerals and fossil fuel deposits. This extensive two volume work offers in-depth coverage of the North American components of the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province rifts by experts in the field.
In volume 2, leading researchers give thorough reviews and highlight recent advances in our understanding of the sedimentary rocks, stratigraphic architecture, early dinosaur and reptile footprints, and vertebrae fossils of the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province.
The companion volume, The Great Rift Valleys of Pangea in Eastern North America: Volume 1, Techtonics, Structure, and Volcanism, 0-231-11162-2, covers such topics as the structural geology, tectonics, and volcanism of the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province. It is edited by Peter M. LeTourneau and Paul E. Olsen and is also available from Columbia University Press.
1. Introduction to Vol 2, by Peter M. LeTourneau and Paul E. Olsen
Part I: Rift Basin Sedimentology and Stratigraphic Architecture
2. Introduction, by Peter M. LeTourneau
3. Tectonic and Climatic Controls on Rift Basin Stratigraphic Architecture: An Example from the Late Triassic Taylorsville Basin, by Virginia, Peter M. LeTourneau
4. Tectonostratigraphy of the Orpheus Graben, Scotian Basin, Offshore Eastern Canada and Relationship to the Fundy Rift Basin, by Lawrence H. Tanner and David E. Brown
5. Provenance of Sandstones in the Center of the Durham Sub-Basin, North Carolina, by James P. Gilmer, Daniel A. Textoris, and Mary E. Watson
6. Paleosols and Paleoclimate Evolution, Durham Sub-Basin, North Carolina, by Brian P. Coffey and Daniel A. Textoris
7. Meandering-River Facies in the Upper Triassic New Haven Arkose, South-Central Connecticut: Early Evolution of the Hartford Rift Basin, by Dennis P. McInerney and John F. Hubert
8. Edogenic Record of Paleoclimate and Basin Evolution in the Triassic-Jurassic Fundy Rift Basin, Eastern Canada, by Lawrence H. Tanner
9. Organic Geochemistry of Exposures of the Shuttle Meadow and Portland Formations of the Hartford Basin (Newark Supergroup Ct), by Trudy Dickneider, S. Mary Ellen Murphy, Robert Sallavanti, Kenneth Stephens
Part II: Triassic-Jurassic Assemblages and Faunal Change
10. Introduction, by Hans-Dieter Sues and Emma C. Rainforth
11. Vertebrate Biostratigraphy and Biochronology of the Nonmarine Late Triassic, by Spencer G. Lucas and Phillip Huber.
12. New Perspectives on Triassic Insect Diversity as Revealed by a Locality in the Danville Basin, Virginia, Newark Supergroup, by Nicholas C. Fraser and David A. Grimaldi
13. Early Jurassic Insects from the Newark Supergroup, Northeastern United States, by Phillip Huber, Nicholas G. McDonald, Paul E. Olsen, and Jiri Zidek
14. Heart of Stone: The Brownstone Industry of Portland, Connecticut, by Alison C. Guinness
15. Dinosaur Trackways of Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill, Connecticut, by James O. Farlow and Peter M. Galton.
16. A New Vertebrate Footprint Locality from the Late Triassic Passaic Formation Near Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, by Michael J. Szajna and Brian W. Hartline
17. Osteometric Approaches to Trackmaker Assignment for the Newarksupergroup Ichnogenera: Grallator, Anchisauripus, and Eubrontes, by Joshua B. Smithland and James O. Farlow
18. Plateosaurus Foot Structure Suggests a Single Trackmaker for Eubrontes and Gigandipus Footprints, by Robert E. Weems.
19. The Early Jurassic Ornithischian Dinosaurian Ichnogenus Anomoepus, by Paul E. Olsen and Emma C. Rainforth