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Tectonic map of Indonesia: A progress report

January 1, 1994

Orogeny, volcanism, and seismicity are now intensely active in Indonesia. Many Dutch tectonists--Brouwer, Umbgrove, van Bemifielen, Smit4Sibinga, Vening Meinesz, Westerveld, and others--recognized that this complex cluster of islands represents an early stage in the evolution of orogenic belts. Not until Indonesia is understood can we comprehend the Alps.

This report summarizes some aspects of work to date on the Tectonic Map of Indonesia. The preparation of this map is a joint project of the Geological Survey of Indonesia and the United States Geological Survey, sponsored by the Government of Indonesia and the United States Agency for International Development.

The Tectonic Map of Indonesia will be published at a scale of 1:5,000,000. Adjacent regions in other countries will be included to provide a broader context. The map limits presently envisaged are the parallels of 12° N. and 15° S., and the meridians of 91° and 148° E. Tectonic features will be shown in many colors and patterns. Bathymetry is being newly compiled, and will be shown with contours and shades of blue. Figure 1 shows the islands of Indonesia.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1970
Title Tectonic map of Indonesia: A progress report
DOI 10.3133/ofr70150
Authors Warren Bell Hamilton
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Open-File Report
Series Number 70-150
Index ID ofr70150
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization