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TeMaW : THE NEW TECTONIC MAP OF THE WORLD


The CGMW has taken on the task to compile the new Tectonic Map of the World at 1:35M scale (TeMaW) within the DDE Programme. It had been a rather long-pending necessity since the latest Tectonic Map of the World at 1:45M scale was compiled by the CGMW Subcommission for Tectonic Maps under the guidance of Academicians V. Khain and Yu. Leonov as far back as in 1982:

 

The new Tectonic Map is expected to be made as a modern geoinformation system, which will unite various thematic layers such as maps of magnetic and gravity anomalies, maps of the Earth’s crust thickness and the sedimentary cover, schematic map of modern seismicity, etc:

 

The GIS-project of the new Tectonic Map will be based on the Geological Map of the World at 1:35M scale completed by the CGMW in 2014. Just like it was done before, we are planning to create the Tectonic Map in a spherical Mercator projection and polar stereographic projection for the Northern and Southern Hemispheres:

 

The legend for the new map will take advantage of the legend for the Tectonic Map by V. Khain and Y. Leonov as well as modern principles used while developing the legends for the Tectonic Maps of the Arctic and Asia with the consideration of the scale 1:35M:

The compilation of the new Tectonic Map is being done under the guidance of the CGMW Subcommission for Northern Eurasia (O. V. Petrov, Vice-President of the CGMW, T. Yu. Tolmacheva, Secretary General), the Subcommission for Tectonic Maps (A. I. Khanchuk, President, I. I. Pospelov, Secretary General) and the President of the CGMW Dr М. Pubellier at the Russian Geological Research-Institute (VSEGEI). The work also engages specialists from different geological surveys of the world, national academies of sciences, universities, participants of previous international CGMW projects, authors of tectonic maps for other parts of the World – North and South Americas, Africa and the Antarctic. 

The compilation of the new Tectonic Map in the form of a 3D geoinformation system including various thematic layers will ensure the modern reflection of the Earth’s deep structure, its compositional, sedimentary, geodynamic characteristics, and reconstruction of its tectonic structure. The Map will also be instrumental in attracting a broad public to the development of the Earth’s sciences and might be used for scientific and educational purposes.