Publications - Tim Little

Journal Articles

2017

Sutherland, R., Townend, J., Toy, V., (2017).  Extreme hydrothermal conditions at an active plate-bounding fault. Nature International weekly journal of science.

2015

Prior, D.J., Toy, V.G., Reid Lindroos, Z. (2015). The link between strength of lattice preferred orientation, second phase content and grain boundary migration: A case study from the Alpine Fault zone, New Zealand. Journal of Structural Geology, 81, 59-77.

Cairns, E.A., Little, T.A., Turner, G.M., Wallace, L.M., & Ellis, S. (2015). Paleomagnetic evidence for vertical-axis rotations of crustal blocks in the Woodlark Rift, SE Papua New Guinea: Miocene to present-day kinematics in one of the world’s most rapidly extending plate boundary zones. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 16(7), 2058-2081.

Toy, V.G., Boulton, C.J., Sutherland, R., Townend, J., Norris, R.J., Little, T.A., Prior, D.J., Mariani, E., Faulkner, D., Menzies, C.D., Scott, H., & Carpenter, B.M. (2015). Fault rock lithologies and architecture of the central Alpine Fault, New Zealand, revealed by DFDP-1 drilling. Lithosphere, 7(2), 155-173.

2014

Gillam, B. G., Little, T.A., Smith, E.G.C., & Toy, V. G. (2014). Reprint of extensional shear band development on the outer margin of the Alpine mylonite zone, Tatare Stream, Southern Alps, New Zealand. Journal of Structural Geology, 64, 115-1340.

Jiao, R., Seward, D., Little, T.A., & Kohn, B.P. (2014). Thermal history and exhumation of basement rocks from Mesozoic to Cenozoic subduction cycles, central North Island, New Zealand. Tectonics, 33(10), 1920-1935.

Korchinski, M.S., Vry, J., Little, T.A., Millet, M.-A., Bicknell, R., Smith, E. & von der Handt, A. (2014). Timing of UHP exhumation and rock fabric development in gneiss domes containing the world’s youngest eclogite facies rocks, southeastern Papua New Guinea. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 32(9), 1019-1039.

Bartholomew, T.D., Little, T.A., Clark, K.J., Van Dissen, R., & Barnes, P.M. (2014). Kinematics and paleoseismology of the Vernon Fault, Marlborough Fault System, New Zealand: Implications for contractional fault bend deformation, earthquake triggering, and the record of Hikurangi subduction earthquakes. Tectonics, 33(7), 1201–1218.

Litchfield, N.J., Van Dissen, R., Sutherland, R., Barnes, P.M., Cox, S.C., Norris, R., Beavan, R.J., ..., & Clark, K. (including Little, T.A.) (2014). A model of active faulting in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 57(1), 32-56.

2013

Gillam, B. G., Little, T.A., Smith, E.G.C., & Toy, V. G. (2013). Extensional shear band development on the outer margin of the Alpine mylonite zone, Tatare Stream, Southern Alps, New Zealand. Journal of Structural Geology, 54, 1-20.

Van Dissen, R., McSaveney, M., Townsend, D., Hancox, G., Little, T.A., Ries, W., ..., &  Misra, S. (2013). Landslides and liquefaction generated by the Cook Strait and Lake Grassmere earthquakes: Reconnaisance report. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 46 (4), 196-200.

Little, T.A., Hacker, B. R., Brownlee, S. & Seward, G. (2013). Microstructures and quartz lattice preferred orientations in the eclogite-bearing migmatitic gneisses of the D'Entrecasteaux Islands, Papua New Guinea. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (G3), 14(6), 2030-2062.

Van Dissen, R., Rhoades, D., Little, T.A., Litchfield, N., Carne, R., & Villamor, P. (2013). Conditional probability of rupture of the Wairarapa and Ohariu faults, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 56(2), 53-67.

Ninis, D, Little, T.A., Van Dissen, R, Smith, E.G.C., Litchfield, N., Wang, N., & Rieser, U. (2013). Slip Rate on the Wellington Fault, New Zealand, during the Late Quaternary: Evidence for Variable Slip during the Holocene. Bulletin of the Seismological Association of America, 103(1), 559-579.

2012

Korchinski, M., Little, T.A., Smith, E., & Millet, M.A. (2012). Variation of Ti-in-quartz in gneiss domes exposing the World’s youngest ultrahigh-pressure rocks, D’Entrecasteaux Islands, Papua New Guinea. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 13(1), 1-27.

Sutherland, R., Toy, V. G., Townend, J., Cox, S., Eccles, J. D., Faulkner, ..., Little, T.A., ..., & Kopf, A. J. (2012). Drilling reveals fluid control on Alpine Fault architecture and rupture, New Zealand. Geology, 40(12), 1143-1146

Gordona, S.M., Little, T.A., Hacker, B.R., Bowringd, S.A., Korchinskib, M., Baldwine, S.L., Kylander-Clark, A.R.C. (2012). Multi-stage exhumation of young UHP–HP rocks: Timescales of meltcrystallization in the D’Entrecasteaux Islands, southeastern Papua New Guinea. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 351-352, 237-246.

Carne, R. & Little, T.A. (2012). Geometry and  scale of fault segmentation and deformational bulging along the active oblique-slip Wairarapa fault, New Zealand. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 124(7-8), 1365-1381.

Grigull, S., Ellis, S. M., Little, T.A., Hill, M. P., & Buiter, S. J. H. (2012). Rheological constraints on quartz derived from scaling relationships and numerical models of sheared brittle-ductile quartz veins, central Southern Alps, New Zealand. Journal of Structural Geology, 37, 200-222.

Turner, D. M., Michalk, D. M., & Little, T.A. (2012). Palaeomagnetic constraints on Cenozoic deformation along the NW margin of the Pacific-Australia plate boundary zone through New Zealand. Tectonics, 31(1), TC1005.

2011

Langridge, R., Van Dissen, R., Rhoades, D., Villamor-Perez, P., Little, T.A., Litchfield, N., Clark, K., & Clark, D. (2011). Five Thousand Years of Surface Ruptures on the Wellington Fault, New Zealand: Implications for Recurrence and Fault Segmentation. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 101(5), 2088-2107.

Little, T.A., Hacker, B. R., Gordon, S. M., Baldwin, S. L. and Fitzgerald, P. G., Ellis, S., & Korchinski, M. (2011). Diapiric exhumation of the world's youngest (UHP) eclogites in the gneiss domes of the D'Entrecasteaux Islands Papua New Guinea. Tectonophysics, 510(1-2), 39-68.

Brownlee, S., Hacker, B. R., Salisbury, Seward, G., Baldwin, S. L., Little, T.A., & Abers, G (2011). Predicted velocity and density structure of the exhuming Papua New Guinea ultrahigh pressure terrane. Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, B08206.

Ellis, S.M., Little, T.A., Wallace, L.M., Hacker, B.R. , & Buiter, S.J.H. (2011). Feedback between rifting and diapirism can exhume ultrahigh-pressure rocks. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 311(3-4), 427–438.

Rhoades, D. A., Van Dissen,  R. J., Langridge, R. M., Little, T.A., Ninis, D. Smith, E. G. C., & Robinson, R. (2011). Re-evaluation of the conditional probability of rupture of the Wellington-Hutt Valley segment of the Wellington Fault.  New Zealand Society of Earthquake Engineering Bulletin, 44 (2), 77 - 86.

Carne, R. C., Little, T.A., &  Rieser, U. (2011). Using displaced river terraces to determine Late Quaternary slip rate for the central Wairarapa Fault at Waiohine River, New Zealand.  New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 54(2), 217-236.

Clark, K., Van Dissen, R., Litchfield, N., Bartholomew, T., & Little, T.A. (2011). The Vernon fault: onshore paleoseismicity, constraints on slip rate, and contribution to Holocene tectonic subsidence of Big Lagoon (New Zealand Earthquake Commission, Science Report 2011/42). Lower Hutt, New Zealand: GNS.

Clark, K., Berryman, K, Litchfield, N., Cochran, U., & Little, T.A. (2011). Evaluating the coastal deformation mechanisms of the Raukumara Peninsula, northern Hikurangi subduction margin, New Zealand, and insights into forearc uplift processes: New Zealand.   Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 53(4), 341 - 358.

2010 - 2009

Little, T.A., Van Dissen, R., Rieser, U., Smith, E. G. C. & Langridge, R. M. (2010). Coseismic strike slip at a point during the last four earthquakes on the Wellington fault near Wellington, New Zealand. Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, B05403.

Webber, C., Newman, J., Holyoke, C., Little, T.A., & Tikoff, B. (2010). Fabric development in cm-scale shear zones in ultramafic rocks, Red Hills, New Zealand. Tectonophysics, 489(1-4), 55 - 75.

Tikoff, B., Larson, C. E., Newman, J., & Little, T.A. (2010). Field-based constraints on rheology of the lithospheric mantle, Twin Sisters, Washington. Lithosphere, 2(6), 418-422.

Schermer, E. R., Little, T.A., & Rieser, U. (2009). Quaternary deformation along the Wharekauhau fault system, North Island, New Zealand: Implications for an unstable linkage between active strike-slip and thrust faults. Tectonics, 28, TC6008.

Little, T.A., Van Dissen, R., Schermer, E., & Carne, R. (2009). Late Holocene surface ruptures on the southern Wairarapa fault, New Zealand: Link between earthquakes and the uplifting of beach ridges on a rocky coast. Lithosphere, 1 (1), 4 -28.

Mouslopoulpou, V., Nicol, A., Little, T.A., & Begg, J. G. (2009). Paleoearthquake surface rupture in a transition zone from strike-slip to oblique-normal slip and its implication to seismic hazard, North Island Fault System, New Zealand. In Reicherter, K., Michetti, A. M. & Silva, P. G. (Eds.) Special Volume of the Geological Society of London Palaeoseismology: Historical and Prehistorical Records of Earthquake Ground Effects for Seismic Hazard Assessment (Special publication 316, pp.269-292). London, UK: Geological Society.

2008

Webb, L. E., Baldwin, S. L., Little, T.A., & Fitzgerald, P.G. (2008). Can microplate rotation drive subduction inversion? Geology, 36(10),  823-826.

Webber, C., Little, T.A., Newman, J., & Tikoff, B. (2008). Fabric superposition in upper mantle peridotite, Red HillsJournal of Structural Geology, 30(11), 1412 -1428.

Grigull, S. & Little, T.A. (2008). A Graphical-Algebraic Method for analysing shear zone displacements from observations on arbitrarily oriented outcrop surfaces. Journal of Structural Geology, 30(7), 868 - 875.

2007

Little, T.A., Baldwin, S. L. , Fitzgerald, P. G. & Monteleone, B. (2007). Continental rifting and metamorphic core complex formation ahead of the Woodlark spreading ridge, D'Entrecasteaux Islands, Papua New Guinea. Tectonics, 26, TC1002.

Wilson, K., Berryman, K., Cochran, U., & Little, T.A. (2007). Early Holocene paleoseismic history at the Pakarae locality, eastern North Island, New Zealand, inferred from transgressive marine sequence architecture and biostratigraphy. Tectonics, 26, TC4013.

Wilson, K., Litchfield, N., Berryman, K., & Little, T.A. (2007). Distribution, age and uplift patterns of Pleistocene marine terraces of the northwestern Raukumara Peninsula, North Island, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 50(3), 181-191.

Wilson, K., Berryman, K., Cochran, U., & Little, T.A. (2007). Holocene coastal evolution and uplift mechanisms of the northeastern Raukumara Peninsula, North Island, New Zealand. Quaternary Science Reviews, 26(7-8),  1106-1128.

Little, T.A., Wightman, R., Holcombe, R. J., & Hill, M. (2007). Transpression models and ductile deformation of the lower crust of the Pacific Plate in the central Southern Alps, a perspective from structural geology. In D. Okaya, T. Stern & F. Davey (Eds.), A Continental Plate Boundary: tectonics at South Island, New Zealand (AGU Monograph 175, pp. 273-290). Washington D.C., USA: American Geophysical Union.

Wightman, R., & Little, T.A.. (2007).Deformation of the Pacific Plate above the Alpine Fault ramp and its relationship to expulsion of metamorphic fluids: An array of backshears. In D. Okaya, T. Stern & F. Davey (Eds.), A Continental Plate Boundary: tectonics at South Island, New Zealand (AGU Monograph 175, pp. 179-208). Washington D.C., USA: American Geophysical Union.

Sutherland, R. and 18 co-authors (including Little, T.A.), (2007). Do great earthquakes occur on the Alpine fault in central South Island, New Zealand. In D. Okaya, T. Stern & F. Davey (Eds.), A Continental Plate Boundary: tectonics at South Island, New Zealand (AGU Monograph 175, pp. 237-254). Washington D.C., USA: American Geophysical Union.

Mouslopoulou, V., Nicol, A., Little, T.A., & Walsh, J. (2007). Displacement transfer between intersecting regional strike-slip and extensional fault systems. Journal of Structural Geology, 29(1),  100-116.

Mouslopoulou, V., Nicol, A., Little, T.A., & Walsh, J. (2007). Terminations of large strike-slip faults: an alternative from New Zealand. In W.D. Cunningham & P. Mann, Geological Society of London Special Publication  Tectonics of Strike-slip Restraining and Releasing Bends (Special Publication  290, pp. 387-415). London, UK: Geological Society.

Wilson, K., Berryman, K., Cochran, U., & Little, T.A. (2007).  A Holocene incised valley infill sequence developed on a tectonically active coast: Pakarae River, New Zealand. Sedimentary Geology, 197(3-4),  333-354.

2006

Rodgers, D. W., & Little, T.A. (2006). World's largest co-seismic strike-slip offset: The 1855 rupture of the Wairarapa Fault, New Zealand, and implications for displacement/length scaling of continental earthquakes. Journal of Geophysical Research, 111, B12408.

Wightman, R.H., Prior, D.J., & Little, T.A. (2006). Quartz veins deformed by diffusion creep-accommodated grain boundary sliding during a transient, high strain-rate event in the Southern Alps, New Zealand. Journal of Structural Geology, 28(5),  902-918.

Wilson, K., Berryman, K., Litchfield, N., & Little, T.A. (2006). A revision of Mid to Late Holocene marine terrace distribution and chronology at the Pakarae River, North island, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 49(4), 477-489.

Mason, D., Little, T.A., & Van Dissen R. (2006). Refinements to the paleoseismic chronology of the eastern Awatere strike-slip Fault, Marlborough, New Zealand, based on two trenches near Upcot Saddle, Malborough, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 49(3), 383-397.

Mason, D. P. M., & Little, T.A. (2006). Refined slip distribution and moment magnitude of the 1848 Marlborough earthquake, Awatere Fault, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 49(3), 375-382.

Mason, D., Little, T.A., & Van Dissen R. (2006). Rates of active faulting during late Quaternary fluvial terrace formation at Saxton River, Awatere fault, New Zealand. Geological Society of America Bulletin,118(11-12), 1431-1446.

2005 - 2004

Little, T.A., Cox, S. Vry, J. K., & Batt, G. (2005). Variations in exhumation level and uplift-rate along the oblique-slip Alpine fault, central Southern Alps, New Zealand. Geological Society of America Bulletin. 117(5-6), 707-723.

Little, T.A. (2004). Transpressive ductile flow and oblique ramping of lower crust in a two-sided orogen: insight from quartz grain-shape fabrics near the Alpine Fault, New Zealand. Tectonics, 23, TC2013.

Vry, J. K., Baker, J., Maas, R., Little, T.A., Phillips, D., Grapes, R., & Dixon, M. (2004). Zoned (Cretaceous and Cenozoic) garnets and the timing of high grade metamorphism, Southern Alps, New Zealand. Journal of Metamorphic Geology 22(3), 127-157.

Mason, D. P. M., Little, T.A., & Van Dissen, R. J. (2004). Influence of a Fault-Segment Junction on the Rupturing Behaviour of the Awatere Fault, New Zealand, and Displacement-Length Measurement for the Marlborough Earthquake Rupture of 1848 (New Zealand Earthquake Commission, Research Report, 01/442, pp 141). Wellington, New Zealand: GNS.