The evolution of the South Atlantic region including the Weddell Sea and its adjacent areas is of crucialimportance for understanding the processes of the structure and tectonics of the Antarctic lithosphere, its relation to geodynamic processes, especially to the timing and geometry of the initial stages of the Mesozoic break-up between Africa, Antarctica and South America. For unravelling the geological evolution of Antarctica prior to the break-up of Gondwana, the sub-glacial geology is of utmost importance. Understanding the sub-ice geology allows reconstruction of ancient mountain chains (collision zones) across continents, which are separated by large ocean basins in the presentworld. Since only the peaks of the Dronning Maud Land (DML) mountains can be geologically sampled, geophysical methods are required to uncover the geological structure beneath the ice. Therefore, extensive airborne surveys were conducted across DML between 2001 to 2005 to close data gaps and to improve existing data sets.
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