Professor of Geology, Tectonics
Goldsmid Scholar of University College, London, 1948-1951
DSIR Research Studentship, University College London, 1951-1953
B.Sc. Special Geology, 1951
Ph.D. University of London, 1953
Phone: (713) 893-0728
Google Scholar Profile
My primary interest is in tectonics which I define as: "The large scale evolution of planetary lithospheres"
Once the plate structure of Earth's lithosphere was recognized it became appropriate to interpret Earth history as related to complex, inter-woven cycles of the opening and the closing of the ocean basins. I have called these cycles Wilson cycles after Tuzo Wilson who first suggested this approach to historical geology. The diversity of operation of the Wilson Cycle attracts my interest. How different, if at all, were Wilson cycles between 4.0 Ga. and 2.5 Ga? What has Asia,a continent assembled in the past 550 My, to tell? How peculiar is Africa today? How peculiar was it while Gondwana was being assembled? How much of the history of the Caribbean over the last 150 My would be discernable if the Caribbean ocean were to close? What are the roles of deep-seated and shallow-sourced mantle plumes in tectonics?
Derivation of Large Igneous Provinces (LIPS) of the past 200 My from close to the Core/Mantle boundary
Surprisingly doubts have revived about the existence of Mantle plumes. Rather than fight again the battles of 30 years ago Trond Torsvik (NGU) and I are concentrating on LIPS. Using a new paleomagnetic approach we have rotated the 25 cataloged LIPS of the past 200 My to the locations that they occupied wrt the spin-axis and the mantle at the time of their eruption. When erupted 23 of those 25 LIPS overlay regions that are now occupied by parts of the D" zone (just above the CMB Core/Mantle boundary) that have slower than average shear wave velocities. If the 25 LIPS were randomly distributed on the Earth's surface only ~6 could be expected to overlie slow regions. Because of the concentration we conclude that most LIPS of the past 200 My originated from mantle plumes that rose from the slower parts of the D" zone close to the CMB.
Deformed Alkaline Rocks and Carbonatites (DARCS) as markers of suture zones
Alkaline rocks and carbonatites have rightly excited petrological and mineralogical interest for more than 100 years. With Lew Ashwal ( U. Witwatersrand) and others I am focusing on DARCS. The idea that drives us is that alkaline rocks are formed in intracontinental rifts which in some cases have become continental margins. Deformation occurs only after a full Wilson cycle when the continental margin is caught up in collision. We found that 90% (28 of 32) African DARCS occur in known Proterozoic suture zones. In India, working with C. Leelanandam, we have located over 50 DARCS in suture zones of the Great 4,000 km long S-shaped Proterozoic fold belt. Where new rifts occur over old sutures we suggest that associated alkaline rocks have been derived from the melting of DARCS in the underlying mantle lithosphere.
Current Research Project
Once the plate structure of Earth's lithosphere was recognized it became appropriate to interpret Earth history as related to complex inter-woven cycles of the opening and the closing of ocean basins. I have called these cycles Wilson cycles after Tuzo Wilson who first suggested this approach to historical geology. The diversity of operation of the Wilson Cycle attracts my interest: how different, if at all, were the cycles 4.0 to 2.5 Ga? What has Asia,a continent assembled in the last 500 Ma, to tell? How peculiar is Africa today? How peculiar was it while Gondwana was being assembled? How much of the history of the Caribbean over the last 150 Ma would be discernable if that ocean were to close?
Undergraduate Historical Geology
One semester graduate courses on the Tectonics and sedimentary basins of various regions. These courses have addressed one or more of Africa, Asia, South America, the Caribbean and occasionally other regions depending on demand.
Journal Of African Earth Sciences
International Lithosphere Program
Journal Of Asian Earth Sciences
- Crowley T.J. and Burke, K. (Editors) Tectonic Boundary Conditions for Climate reconstructions.Oxford Univ. Press x plus 285 pages
- Burke,K. Ashwal,L. & Webb,S.(2003) New Way to map old sutures using deformed alkaline rocks and carbonatites. GEOLOGY v.31p391-394.
- Bosworth, W. Burke,K. & Strecker,M.(2003) Effect of stress fields on Magma chamber stability and the formation of collapse calderas. TECTONICS vol.22 No.4 doi:10.1029/2002TC001369.2003
- Africa's Petroleum Systems:four tectonic Aces in the past 600 million years, in Petroleum Geology of Africa
- Bjorklund,T.J.& K.Burke (2002) Four dimensional, analysis of the inversion of the Whittier fold-thrust system of the Los Angeles Basin over the past 16 million years. J.Struct.Geol.v.24 p.1369-1397.
- Bjorklund,T. Burke,K. Hua-Wei Zhou and R. Yeats.(2002) Miocene volcanism and extension in the Puente hills half-graben of the Los Angeles basin. GEOLOGY v.30 p.447-450
- Lytwyn J, E Rutherford K. Burke and Chunshou Xia (2001): Volcanic, Plutonic and Turbiditic rocks of Sumba: Journ Asian Earth Sciences v.19. p.481-500
- Rutherford, E. Burke, K. Lytwyn, J. (2001):Tectonic history of Sumba island since the Late Cretaceous and its rapid Miocene escape into the Sunda forearc. Journ.Asian Earth Sciences v.19.p.453-479.
- Burke,K. (2001). Origin of the Cameroon Line of volcano-capped swells. J.Geology vol.109.p.349-362
- Burke,K. (1996) The African Plate, 24th du Toit Memorial lecture South Afr. Journ Geol. vol 99 pp 339-409
- Burke,K.& Lytwyn,J.(1993) Origin of the rift under the Amazon basin as a result of continental collision during Panafrican time. Intl. Geology Review v.35 p.881-897.
- Robertson,P.& Burke.K.(1989) Evolution of the Southern Caribbean Plate boundary Zone in the vicinity of Trinidad and Tobago. Bull AAPG v.73 p.490-509.
- Ashwal,L.D.& K.Burke (1989) African lithospheric structure volcanism and topography EPSL v.96 p.8-14
- Burke,K& Sengor.C. (1988) Ten-metre global sea-level change associated with South Atlantic Aptian salt deposition. marine Geology v.83 p.309-312
- Burke,K. (1988) Tectonic evolution of the Caribbean: Ann.Rev.Earth &Planetary Sci. 201-230
- Harrison,T.M.& Burke,K.(1988) Ar/Ar thermochronology of sedimentary basins using detrital feldspars p.141-145. in Thermal History of sedimentary basins ed. N. Naeser & T.McCulloh. Springer Verlag
- Burke,K. Kidd,W.& Kusky,T. (1986) Archean foreland basin tectonics in the Witwatersrand basin,S. Africa. Tectonicsv.5.p.439-456
- Was the laramide orogeny related to subduction of an oceanic plateau
- Were Archean continental thermal gradients much steeper than those of today?
- McKie, D., and Burke, K., Geology of the Islands of South Connemara:Geol.Mag.,v. 92, p. 487-498.
- McCallien, W.J., and Burke, K. Note on the relative ages of certain Pre-Cambrian Formations in the Gold Coast: Jour. West Afr. Sci. Assoc., v. 1, p. 75.
- An outline of the structure of the Galway granite: Geol. Mag., v. 94, p. 452-464.
- McCallien, W.J., and Burke, K., Geology of the Coastal Region near Accra: Jour. West Afr. Sci. Assoc., v. 3, p. 79-90.
- Replacement veins in the Dahomeyan of Ghana: Geol. Mag., v. 96, p. 353-360.
- Bowie, S.H.U., Bisby, H., Burke, K., and Hales, F., Electronic instruments for detecting and assaying Beryllium ores: Trans. Inst. Min. and Met., v. 69, p. 345-359.
- Tongjum uranium deposit: Bull. Geol. Surv. Korea, v. 4, p. 152-155.
- Ore mineral zones related to granite in South Korea: Bull. Geol. Surv. Korea, v. 4p. 1141-151.
- Nuclear raw material prospecting in Korea: Intern'l Atomic Energy Agency Tech. Assistance Rept. No. 7(5)
- Dissolved gases in East African lakes: Nature, v. 198, p. 568-569
- Chubb, L.J., and Burke, K., Age of the Jamaican granodiorite: Geol. Mag., v. 100, p. 524-532.
- Burke, K., and Robinson, E., Age of the gypsum in Jamaica: Caribbean Jour. Sci., v. 4, p. 237-242.
- Reply to H. Tazieff on Dissolved gases in East African lakes: Nature, v. 200, p. 1308.
- Age relations of the Connemara migmatites and the Galway granite: Geol. Mag., v. 100, p. 470-471.
- Metamorphosed dykes in the central inlier of Jamaica: Jour. Geol. Soc. Jamaica, v. 6, p. 46-47.
- Review of mechanisms of hard tissue destruction, ed. R.F. Soggnaes: Geol Mag., v. 101, p. 287.
- Burke, K., Cunningham, M., Gallagher, M., and Hawkes, J., Beryl in the Rosses granite, N.W. Ireland: Econ. Geol., v. 59, p.1539-1550.
- Burke, K., and Robinson, E., Sedimentary structures in the Wagwater belt, Eastern Jamaica: Jour. Geol. Soc. Jamaica, v. 7, p. 1-10.
- Goreau, T., and Burke, K., Pleistocene and Holocene geology of the Kingston Harbor, Jamaica: Marine Geology, v. 4, p. 207-225.
- Review of a new geological map of Nigeria: Jour. Mining and Geol. of the Nig. Min. Geol. and Met. Soc., v. 2, p. 32-34.
- The Yallahs Basin, a sedimentary basin southeast of Kingston, Jamaica: Marine Geology, v. 5, p. 45-60.
- Review of mineral resources of Africa. De Kun: Jour. Mining and Geol. of the Nig. Min. Geol. and Met. Soc., v. 2, p. 70.
- Drowned dwarf atolls south of Jamaica?: Bull. Amer. Assoc. Petroleum Geologists, v. 52,p. 348-350.
- Burke, K., Robinson, E., and Coates, A.G., The geology of the Benbow inlier, Jamaica: Trans. 4th Carib. Geol. Conf., Trinidad 1965, p. 299-307.
- Burke, K., and Freeth, S.J., A rapid method for the determination of size, shape and sphericity of gravel fragments: Jour. Sed. Pet., v. 39, p. 797-798.
- Seismic areas of Guinea Coast where Atlantic fracture zones reach Africa: Nature, v. 222, p. 655-657.(6)
- The Akwapim Fault, a recent fault in Ghana: Jour. of Mining and Geol. of the Nig. Min. Geol. and Met. Soc., v. 4, p. 29-38.
- Bradshaw, R., Leake, B.E., Burke, K., and Plant, A.G., The Oughterard, Granite Co., Galway, Ireland: Proc. Roy. Irish Academy, v. 68B, p. 39-65
- Grant, N.K., Rex, D.C., Burke, K., and Freeth, S.J., The geological sequence and geochronology of old basement rocks from Ibadan, Nigeria: Ann. Fac. Sci. Clermon Ferrand No. 41, Geol. et Min., v. 19, p. 84.
- The structure of the Guinea Coast: Jour. Mining and Geol. of the Nig. Min. Geol. and Met. Soc., v. 4, p. 115-116.
- Burke, K., Durotoye, 'Bisi, Reingold, Judith and Shaw, Thurstan, Late Pleistocene and Holocene deposits at Odo Ogun: Jour. Min. and Geol.of Nig. Min. Geol. and Met. Soc., v. 4, p. 115.
- Burke. K., Freeth, S.J., and Grant, N.K., Granite gneiss of two billion year ages from Ibadan, Nigeria: Jour. Mining and Geol. of the Nig. Min. Geol. and Met. Soc., v. 4, p. 117.
- Burke, K., and Durotoye, 'Bisi, "Variation Climatique du Quaternaire au s.o. du Nigeria": VIIIe INQUA Paris, Resumes, p. 7.
- An outline of the stratigraphy of the Quaternary superficial deposits of Ibadan, in Stratigraphy, An Interdisciplinary Symposium: Occas. Publ. 19, Inst. Afr. Studies, U. Ibadan, p. 45-46.
- Burke, K., and Durotoye, 'Bisi, Boulder slide at Imessi-Ile: Center for Short Lived Phenomena, Smithsonian Institution, Event Report 781.
- Burke, K., and Durotoye, 'Bisi, Late Quaternary climatic variations in Southwestern Nigeria, evidence from pediments and pediment deposits: Bull. d'Asequa, v. 25, p. 79-96.
- Burke, K., and Durotoye, 'Bisi, Boulder slide on an Inselberg in the Nigerian Rain Forest: Jour. Geol., v. 78, p. 733-735.
- Burke, K., and Durotoye, 'Bisi, The Quaternary in Nigeria: a review: Bull. d'Asequa, v. 27, p. 70-98 (also in Bull. d'Ifan).
- Burke, K., and Durotoye, 'Bisi, and Whiteman, Arthur, Dry period S.of Sahara 20,000 yrs ago: West Afr. Jour. Arch., v. 1, p. 1-8
- Late Quaternary subsidence in the Niger delta, sea level rise and isostatic adjustment to waterload (abstract): Jour. Min. Geol.,Nigerian Min. Geol. Met. Soc., v. 6, p. 75.
- Burke, K., and Dewey, J., The lost oceans of Africa (abstract): Jour. Min. Geol., Nigerian Min. Geol. Met Soc., v. 6, p. 7
- Burke, K., and Whiteman, Arthur, The geological history of the Gulf of Guinea (abstact): Jour. Min. Geol., Nigerian Min. Geol. Soc., v. 6,p. 75
- Recent faulting near the Volta dam: Nature, v. 231, p. 439-440.
- Burke, K., Dessauvagie, T.F.J., and Whiteman, A.J., The opening of the Gulf of Guinea and the geological history of the Benue Trough and Niger delta: Nature Phys. Sci., v. 233, p. 51-55.
- Dessauvagie, T.F.J., and Burke, K., Geological map at 1:250,000 of Yola sheet Nigeria (1 sheet): Univ. Ibadan, Nigeria.
- Burke,K., Longshore drift and submarine canyons in thedevelopment of the Niger delta: Abstract VIII, Int. Sedimentological Conf. Heidel-berg.
- Burke, K., and Durotoye, 'Bisi, Geomorphology and superficial deposits related to Late Quaternary climatic variation in Southwestern Nigeria: Zeits. f. Geomorphologie, v. 15 p. 430-444.
- Southern Nigerian soils and geomorphology related to climatic change: West Afr. Jour. Arch., v.2, p. 122-127.
- Burke, K, and Whiteman, A.J., Uplift, rifting and the break-up of Africa (abstract): EOS Trans. Amer. Geophys. Union, v.53, p.517.
- Burke, K., Grant, N.K., and Freeth, S.J., Granite gneiss from partial fusion of banded gneiss (abstract): Proc. Ibadan Conf. on African Geol., December 1970, p.103-104.
- Burke, K., Dessauvagie, T.F.J., and Whiteman, A.J., Geological History of the Benue Trough: Proc. Ibadan Conf. on African Geol.,December 1970, p. 187-206.
- Ajakaiye, D.E., and Burke, K., Bouguer Gravity map of Nigeria at 1:2 million: compiled for the Nigerian Upper Mantle Project 1970.
- Burke,K.,Longshore drift, submarine canyons and submarine fans in development of the Niger delta: Bull. Amer. Assoc. Petrol Geologists, v.56, p. 1975-1983.
- Burke, K., and Dewey, J.F., Orogeny in Africa: Proc. Ibadan Conf. on African Geol., December 1970, p.583-608.
- Burke, K., and Wilson, J.T., Is the African plate stationary? Nature, v.239, p.387-390.
- Wilson, J.T., and Burke, K., Two types of mountain building: Nature, v. 239, p. 448-449.(8)
- Dewey, J.F., and Burke, K., Permobile, metastable and plate tectonic regimes in the Precambrian: Abstracts with Programs, Geol. Soc. American Ann. Mtg., v.4, p.462.
- Burke, K., and Durotoye, A.B., The Quaternary in Nigeria: Proc. Ibadan Conf. on African Geol. 1970, p.325-348.
- Ajakaiye, D.E., and Burke, K., A Bouguer anomaly map of Nigeria: Tectonophysics, v. 16, p.103-115.
- Burke, K., and Waterhouse, J.B., Saharan glaciation dated in North America: Nature, v. 241, p. 267.
- Burke, K., Kidd, W.S.F., and Wilson, J.T., Plumes and concentric plume traces of the Eurasian plate: Nature Phys. Sci., v.241, p. 128-129.
- Burke, K., and Whiteman, A.J., Uplift, rifting and the breakup of Africa,in Proceedings NATO Conference on Continental Drift, v. 2,Newcastle, April 1972, Tarling, D.H., ed., p. 735-745.
- Burke, K., and Dewey, J.F., Plume generated triple junctions: Key indicators in applying plate tectonics to old rocks: Jour. Geol., v.81, p.406-433.
- Dewey, J.F., and Burke, K., Tibetan, Variscan and Precambrian basement reactivation: products of continental collision: Jour. Geol.,V.81, p. 683-692.
- Burke, K., Kidd, W.S.F., and Wilson, J.T., Relative and latitudinal motion of Atlantic hot spots: Nature, v. 245, p. 133-137.
- Hoffman, P., Dewey, J.F., and Burke, K., Aulacogens and their genetic relation to geosynclines,in Dott R.H., ed., Modern and Ancient Geosynclinal Sedimentation, SEPM Publications, No. 19, p. 38-55.
- Dewey, J.F., and Burke, K., Two plates in Africa during the Cretaceous: Nature, v.249, p.313-316.
- Burke, K., and Dewey, J.F., Hot spots and continental breakup: implications for collisional orogeny: Geology, v. 2, p. 57-60.
- Burke, K., and Kidd, W.S.F., Earth, heat flow in: McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology, p. 165-168.
- Burke, K., Atlantic evaporites formed by evaporation of water spilled from Pacific, Tethyan, and Southern oceans; Geology.. v.3,p. 613 613-616. (9)
- Burke, K,. Petroleum and global Tectonics, Fischer, A.G., and Judson, S., eds : Amer. Jour. Sci., v. 276, No.3, p. 398-400-Review.
- Burke, K., Dewey, J.F., and Kidd, W.S.F., Dominance of horizontal movements, arcs and microcotinental collisions during the later Per-mobile regime, in Windley, B.F., ed., The Early History of the Earth: John Wiley and Sons, p. 113-130.
- Burke, K., and Wilson, J.T., Hot spots on the earth's surface: Scientific American, v.235, No. 2, p. 46-60.
- Burke, K, Dewey, J.F. and Kidd, W.S.F., Precambrian palaeomagnetic results compatible with contemporary operation of the Wilson cycle Tectonophysics, v. 33, p. 287-299.
- Freeth, S.J., Grant, N.K. and Burke, K., The structure and sequence of geological events in the basement complex of the Ibadan area, western Nigeria: Precambrian Research, v. 3, p.537-545.
- Burke, K., Development of graben associated with the initial ruptures of the Atlantic Ocean: Tectonophysics, v. 36, p. 93-112
- Burke, K., The Chad Basin: an active intra-continental basin: Tectonophysics, v. 36, p. 198-206.
- Burke, K., Neogene and Quaternary tectonics of Nigeria, In Geol. of Nigeria, ed., C.A. Kogbe, pp. 363-369, Elizabethan Publ. Company Suruleere, Nigeria.
- Burke, K., Dewey, J.F. and Kidd, W.S.F., World distribution of sutures - the sites of former oceans: Tectonophysics, v. 40, p.69-99.
- Burke, K., Diverse geology of Atlantic- type continental margins and some possible implications for U.S. Offshore Atlantic: Ninth Annual Offshore Technology Conference, 1977 Proceedings, v. III, p. 77-84.
- Burke, K. Aulacogens and continental Breakup: Ann. Rev. Earth Planet. Sci., v. 5, p. 371-396.
- Burke, K., and Fox, P.J. (eds.), Caribbean Problems: a report on a workshop on geological problems related to the evolution of the Caribbean: Albany, New York, April 20-23, 1977.
- Burke, K. and Molnar, P., Erik Norin Penrose Conference on Tibet: Geology, v. 5, p. 461-463.
- Sengor, A.M. Celal, Burke, K. and Dewey, John, F., Rifts at high angles to orogenic belts: tests for their origin and the upper Rhine graben as an example: Amer. Jour. Sci.,v. 278, p. 24-40.(10)
- Burke, K. and Kidd, W.S.F., Were Archean continental geothermal gradients much steeper than those of today? Nature, v. 272, p. 240.
- Hays, J.D., Burke, K. and Sclater, J., An integrated approach to Atlantic margin studies: in Proc. Offshore Technology Conf., Dallas Texas, May 8-11, 1978.
- Burke, K. and Sengor, A.M.C., Relative timing of rifting on earth and its tectonic implications: Geophys. Res. Letters, v.5, p. 419-421.
- Burke, K., Evolution of continental rift systems in the light of plate tectonics: in Ramberg, I.B. and Neumann, E.R., eds. Tectonics and Geophysics of Continental rifts, D. Reidel Pub. Co., Dordrecht, p. 1-9.
- Burke, K., Fox, P.J. and Sengor, A.M.C., Buoyant ocean floor and the evolution of the Caribbean: Jour. Geophys. Res., v.83, p. 3949-3954.
- Burke, K., Turcotte, D.L., Global sea-level changes and the thermal structure of the Earth: Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., v.41, p. 341-346.
- Burke, K., McGetchin, T.R., Thompson, G. and Young, R., Plateau uplift: mode and mechanism: EOS, v.60, p. 64-67.
- Burke, K. and Sengor, A.M.C., Comments on: Why I do not accept plate tectonics: EOS, v. 70, p. 207-211.
- Burke, K., Thiessen, R. and Kidd, W.S.F., African hotspots and their relation to the underlying mantle, Geology, v. 7, p. 263-266.
- Burke, K., The edges of the ocean: an introduction. In: Oceanus, v.22, No. 3, Ocean/continent boundaries, p. 2-9.
- Burke, K. and Sengor, A.M.C., Review of plate tectonics, Reviews of Geophysics and Space Physics, 17, p. 1018-1024.
- Burke, K., Intracontinental rifts and aulacogens in Continental Tectonics National Academy,Geophysics Research Board, p.42-49.
- Burke, K., and Sawkins, F.J., Extensional tectonics and mid-Paleozoic massive sulfide occurrences in Europe, Geol. Rundsch. 69,349-360.
- Burke, K., and Kidd, W.S.F., Volcanism on Earth through time. In the continental crust and its mineral deposits, Geol. Assoc. Canada Spec. Paper 20, 503-522.
- Burke, K., Grippi, J., and Sengor, A.M.C., Tectonic style of the northern boundary of the Caribbean, Jour. Geology, v. 88, p. 375-386.
- White, G.W. and Burke, K., Outline of the tectonic evolution of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean region. Houston Geological Society Bulletin, June 1980, p. 8-13.(11)
- Livacarri, R., Burke, K., and Sengor, A.M.C., Was the Laramide orogeny related to subduction of an oceanic plateau? Nature, 289,276-278.
- Burke K., (with Kidd, W.S.F. and Turcotte, D.L.), Tectonics of basaltic volcanism, Chapte 6 in "Basaltic Volcanism," Lunar and Planetary Institute, Pergamon Press, pp.804-898.
- Burke, K, Dewey, J.F., Kidd, W.S.F., and Sengor, A.M.C., Continental collisions analogous to that forming the Qinghai-Xizang Plateau in Geological and Ecological Studies of the Qinghai-Xizang Plateau, Science Press Beijing, Gordon and Breach, New York, pp. 743-746.
- Burke, K., Two problems of intracontinental tectonics: relevation of old mountain belts and subsidence of intra-continental basins in Proceedings of Intl. Conf. on Intracontinental Earthquakes, Ohrid Yugoslavia 1979 ed. J. Petrowski and Clarence Allen, Skopje 1981, pp. 157-164.
- Sengor, A.M.C., Burke, K. and Dewey, J.F., Tectonics of the North Anatolian transform fault in: Multidisciplinary approach to Earthquake Prediction, ed. A. Mete Isikara and Andreas Vogel Friedr.Vieweg and Sohn, pp. 3-22.
- Burke, K., Delong S.E. and Grippi, J., Geochemistry of some igneous rocks from the Lucea Inlier, Western Jamaica: Journal of the Geological Society of Jamaica, v.22, 10-15.
- Burke, K., and Mann, P., Neogene wrench faulting in the Wagwater Belt: Trans. 9th Carib. Geol. Conf., Santo Domingo, p. 95-97.
- Burke, K., Mann, P., Hempton, M.R. and Bradley, D.C., Development of pull-apart basins: Jour. of Geology, v. 92, pp. 529-554.
- Burke, K. and Anderson, S.L., A Wilson Cycle approach to some Proterozoic problems in eastern North America: in Proterozoic Geology, ed. L.G. Medaris: Geol. Soc. of Amer., Memoir 161, pp.1175-1193.
- Burke, K. and Wadge, G., Neogene Caribbean plate rotation and associated Central American tectonic evolution: Tectonics, v. 2, pp.633-643.
- Burke, K., Mann, P.W., Taylor, F.W. and Kulstad, R., Subaerially exposed holocene coral reef, Enriquillo Valley, Dominican Republic:Geol. Soc. of Amer. Bull., v. 95, 1084-1092.
- Burke, K., Cooper, C., Dewey, J.F., Mann, P.W. and Pindell, J.L. Caribbean tectonics and relative plate motion: GSA Memoir 162,p. 31-63, eds. W. Bonini, R. Hargraves and R. Shagam, pp. 31-63.(12)
- Burke, K., Thompson, A.B., Richter, F.M., Ahrendt, H., Bickle, M.J., Dymek, R.F., Frisch, W., Gee, R.D., Kroner, A., O'Nions, R.K., Oxburgh, E.R., and Weber, K., The long-term evolution of the crust and mantle in Patterns of Change of Earth Evolution, eds. Holland and Trendall, pp. 389-406.
- Mann, P. and Burke, K., Neotectonics of the Caribbean: Reviews of Geophys. & Space Physics: v.22, No. 4, pp. 309-362.
- Mann, P. and Burke, K., Cenozoic rift formation in the Northern Caribbean: Geology, v. 12,pp. 732-736.
- Mann, P. Burke, K. and Matumoto, T., Neotectonics of Hispaniola: Earth and Planet. Sci. Letters, v. 70, 311-324.
- Burke, K., Plate tectonic history of the Arctic Colloqium on Arctic Geology, 27th Int.Geol. Cong. Repts., Nauka, Moscow, v. 14, p. 189-198.
- Burke, K., Kidd, W.S.F., and Kusky, T.M., The Pongola structure of Southeastern Africa: Jour. of Geodynamics, v. 2, 35-49.
- Burke, K., Kidd, W.S.F., and Kusky, T.M., Is the Ventersdorp rift system of Southern Africa related to continental collision between the Kaapvaal and Zimbabwe cratons at 2.64 Ga age? Tectonophysics, v. 155, 1-24.
- Taylor, F.W., Mann, P., Valastro, S., Jr., and Burke, K., Stratigraphy and Radiocarbon Chronology of a subaerially exposed Holocene coral reef, Dominican Republic: Jorn. of Geology, v. 93, p. 311-332.
- Morgan, P. and Burke, K., Collision Plateaus: Tectonophysics, v. 199, p. 137-151.
- Burke, K. and Sengor, C., Tectonic escape in the evolution of the continental crust, inReflection Seismology: The Continental Crust, eds. M. Barazangi and L. Brown, Geodynamics Series, v. 14, p. 41-53.
- Mann, P., Draper, G. and Burke, K., Neotectonics of a strike-slip restraining bend system,Jamaica: in Strike-slip Deformation, Basin Formation and Sedimentation, SEPM Spec Pub, pp. 211-226.
- Burke, K., Kidd, W.S.F., and Kusky, T.M., Archean foreland basin tectonics in the Witwaterstrand, S Africa, Tectonics, v. 5, 439-456.(13)
- Baldwin, S.L., Harrison, T.M., and Burke, K., Fission track evidence for the source of accreted sandstones, Barbados, Tectonics, v. 5,457-468.
- Robertson, P., Burke, K., and Wadge, G., Structure of the Melajo clay near Arima, Trinidad and strike-slip motion in the El Pilar Fault Zone. In Transaction of the First Geological Conference of the Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago (K. Rodrigues, ed.), pp. 21-23. Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago, San Juan, Trinidad.
- Ashwal, L., Burke, K., de Wit, M., and Wells, G., eds. Workshop on the Earth as a Planet. LPI Tech. Report, 86-08, 39 pp., LPI, Houston
- Ashwal, L.D. and Burke, K., Types and characteristics of terrestrial anorthosites. In Lunar and Planetary Science XVIII, pp. 34-35.
- Burke, K., Sharpton, V.L., and Kennedy, J.W., Circular structures of diverse origins in China: A possible resemblance to Northern Venus. In Lunar and Planetary Science XVIII, pp. 139-140. Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston.
- Zimbelman, J.R. and Burke, K., Triple-junction rifting and detachment surfaces near the Pele volcano on Io. In Lunar and Planetary Science XVIII. pp. 1124-1125. Lunar and Planetary Institutes, Houston.
- Committee on Global and International Geology (K. Burke and others). International Role of U.S. Geoscience. National Academy Press, Washington, 95 pp.
- Burke, K., Tectonic evolution of the Caribbean: Ann. Rev. Earth Planet. Sci. 1988, v. 16, 201-230.
- Burke, K. and Sengor, C., Ten metre global sea-level change associated with South Atlantic Aptian salt deposition Marine Geology,v. 83, 309-312.
- Harrison, T.M. and Burke, K., Ar/ Ar Thermochrononlogy of sedimentary basins using detrital feldspars, pp. 141-155, In Thermal History of Sedimentary Basins eds. Nancy D. Naeser and Thane H. McCulloh, Springer Verlag, NY pp. 319.
- Burke, K. and Lucas, L., Thrusting on the Tibetan Plateau within the last 5 Ma. Tectonic Evolution of the Tethyan Region ed. A.M.C.Sengor, 507-512.
- Burke, K. and Sengor, C., Regional lineaments and continental evolution. Mem. Geol. Soc. India. v. 12, 65-73.
- Eva, A., Burke, K. Mann P and Wadge, G., Four-phase tectonostratigraphic development of the southern Caribbean. Marine and Petroleum Geology . v. 6, pp. 9-21.(14)
- Robertson, P. and Burke, K., Evolution of the Southern Caribbea Plate Boundary in the vicinity of Trinidad and Tobago. AAPG Bull. v.73, pp. 490-509.
- Ashwal, L.D. and Burke, K., African Lithospheric structure, volcanism and Topography, Earth and Planetary Science Letters v.96, pp.8-14
- Burke, K. and Wells, G. Trans-African drainage system of the Sahara: Was it the Nile? Geology, v. 17, pp. 743-747.
- Mann, P., Schubert C. and Burke, K., Review of Caribbean Neotectonics, pp. 307-338.
- In volume H The Caribbean Region, Decade of North American Geology.
- Mann, P. and Burke, K., Transverse intra-arc rifting: Paleogene Wagwater Belt, Jamaica, Marine and Petroleum Geology. Vol. 7, pp.410-427.
- Burke, K., Francis, P., Wells, G., Importance of the Geologic Record in Understanding Global Change. Glob and Planet Change v. 3 pp. 193-204.
- Zoback, M.L. and Burke, K., Lithospheric Stress Patterns: A Global View EOS v. 74 p. 609
- Sharpton, V.L., Burke, K., and others, Chicxulub Multi-ring Impact Basin, Science v. 261 pp. 1564-1567
- Burke, K., and Lytwyn, Jennifer. Origin of the Rift Under the Amazon Basin as a Result
- of Contintenal Collision During Pan-African Time. Int. Geol. Review. v. 35, pp. 881-897
- Geology: A Truly International Activity, GSA Today, April 1994 p.98
- Burke,K., Sharpton, V.L. and Fegley, Bruce. Are Steep Slopes on Venus Preserved as a result of cementation of Pore Spaces in Surface Rocks ? Lunar & Planetary Science v. XXV p.201
- Burke, K., Has Plate Tectonics Gone Away ?, Geo. Times, No.2, p.34
- Wylie, P.J., Burke, K.,Price, J. Rock System Science in Earth System Science, Geotimes No.4, p.4.
- Burke,K. The African Plate, 24th du Toit Memorial lecture South Afr. Journ Geol. vol 99 pp 339-409(15)
- Burke, K. Foreword: Greenstone Belts ed M.De Wit and L.D. Ashwal pp.v-vii
- Crowley T.J. and Burke, K. (Editors) Tectonic Boundary Conditions for Climate reconstructions.Oxford Univ. Press x plus 285 pages
- Droxler A, K. Burke and six others: Caribbean constraints on circulation between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans pp169-191 in Crowley and Burke Tectonic Boundary Conditions(see # 154 above)
- Burke, K. Tectonic significance of the accumulation of the voluminous Early Paleozoic Reservoir-containing Quartz-rich sandstones of North Africa and Arabia. Bull. Houston Geol. Soc.Vol.41 No.7 pp11-13
- Bosworth W., M. Strecker and K. Burke Magma chamber elongation as an indicator of intra-plate stress-field orientation. Journal of the Virtual Explorer. Vol 2 . Electronic journal( downloads as ca.15 pp, 9 colored figs.)
- Burke, K. Africa’s Vast Petroleum Reserves . Bull Houston Geol. Soc Vol 43No.3 p.35-41 Nov.2000.
- Lytwyn J, E Rutherford K. Burke and Chunshou Xia: Volcanic, Plutonic and Turbiditic rocks of Sumba: Journ Asian Earth Sci. v.19 p.481-500
- Rutherford, E. Burke, K. Lytwyn, J.:Tectonic history of Sumba island since the Late Cretaceous and its rapid Miocene escape into the Sunda forearc. Journ.Asian Earth Sciences.v.19.p.453-479
- Burke, K. Origin of the Cameroon Line of volcano-capped swells Journal of Geology v.109 p.349-362
- Burke,K. The Lithosphere in Encyclopedia of Global Change (Wiley)
- Burke,K. The Earth Sciences in Mcgraw Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology.
- Bjorklund,T. and K.Burke . Four dimensional analysis of the inversion of the Whittier fold-thrust system of the Los Angeles basin over the past 16 million years. Journ. Structural Geology Vol.24 p.1369-1397
- Bjorklund,T. K.Burke,Hua-Wei Zhou and R.Yeats. Miocene volcanism and extension in the Puente Hills half-graben of the Los Angeles basin. GEOLOGY vol.30 p.447-450
- Kevin Burke, Duncan MacGregor & Nick Cameron: Africa's Petroleum systems: four tectonic Aces in the past 600 million years in Arthur,T. MacGregor, D. & Cameron, N. Petroleum geology of Africa: New Themes and developing Technologies Special publication # 207 p.21-60 Geological Society of London.
- W. Bosworth,K.Burke & M. Strecker Effect of Stress Field on Magma Chamber Stability and the formation of collapse calderas.Tectonics 22 doi10.1029/2002 TC 001369,2003
- K.Burke, L.D. Ashwal & S. Webb: New way to map old sutures using deformed alkaline rocks and carbonatites. Geology v.31.no.5.p.391-394
- Burke,K.& Trond Torsvik: Derivation of Large Igneous provinces of the past 200 million years from long-term heterogeneities in the deep mantle. Earth & Planetary Science Letters vol.227 p.531-538.
- Dale E. Bird, Kevin Burke, Stuart A. Hall and John F. Casey (2005): Gulf of Mexico tectonic history: Hotspot tracks, crustal boundaries, and early salt distribution. Bull. American Assoc. Petrol. Geologists. Vol.89 p.311-328
- Bill Bosworth & Kevin Burke: Evolution of the Red Sea-Gulf of Aden Rift System. In : Gulf Coast Assoc. Petrol.Societies 25th Ann. Bob Perkins Research conf. :Petroleum systems of divergent Continental Margin basins. P.342-372.
- Kevin Burke & Shuhab Khan (2006) Geoinformatic approach to global Nepheline syenite and Carbonatite distribution: Testing a Wilson cycle model. Geosource v.2 p.53-60;doi: 10.1130/GES00027
- C. Leelananadam, Kevin Burke L.D. Ashwal and S.J.Webb. Proterozoic mountain building in India: an analysis based primarily on alkaline rock distribution. Geological Magazine v.143 (2) pp.195-212 Cambridge,England.
- L.D. Ashwal Kevin Burke and seven others (2006): Geochronology of large zircons from nepheline syenite gnesisses as constraints on tectonic setting: an example from S. Malawi. Contrib Mineral Petrol DOI 10.1007/s00410-006-0153-9
- Trond Torsvik, Mark Smethurst, Kevin Burke and Bernhard Steinberger (2006) Large Igneous Provinces of the past 200 My erupted from the edges of Large Low Velocity provinces at the core mantle boundary Geophysical Joun. Intl. Doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2006.03158.x
- Aibing Li and Kevin Burke (2006) Seismic evidence for a low velocity zone in the upper mantle of southern Africa from Rayleigh wave tomography. Doi:10.1029/2006JB004321, 2006 JGR Solid Earth VOL. 111, B
- J.Lytwyn, Kevin Burke, and S. Culver ( 2006) The Nature and age of the Suture zone in the Rokelide Orogen Sierra Leone: Geochemical Evidence. J. Afr.Earth Science 46.439-454
- Kevin Burke, David Roberts and Lewis D. Ashwal. (2007) Alkaline rocks and carbonatites of northwestern Russia and northern Norway: Linked Wilson cycle records extending over two billion years. TECTONICS, VOL. 26, TC4015, doi:10.1029/2006TC002052, 2007
- Kevin Burke (2007) Dancing Continents (a book review). SCIENCE 138 p.1385 doi: 10.1126/science 115 1202
- Kevin Burke , D.E. Bird* S.A. Hall, J.F. Casey, D.S. Sawyer (2007) Early Central Atlantic Ocean seafl oor spreading history Geosphere; Dec. 2007; v. 3; no. X; p. 000–000; doi: 10.1130/GES00047.1; 15 figures; 5 tables.
- Kevin Burke, Bernhard Steinberger ,Trond H. Torsvik and Mark A. Smethurst Plume Generation Zones at the margins of Large Low Shear Velocity Provinces on the core–mantle boundary. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 265 (2008) 49–60 doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2007.09.042
- Kevin Burke and Yani Gunnell .The African Erosion Surface: A Continental- Scale Synthesis of Geomorphology, Tectonics, and Environmental Change over the Past 180 Million Years.(2008) Geological Society of America: Memoir 201 p.1-66. ISBN-13: 978-0-8137-1201-7
- Kevin Burke (with Trond Torsvik, Mark Smethurst and Bernhard Steinberger (2008) Long term stability in deep mantle structure: Evidence from the ~300 Ma Skagerrak-Centered Large Igneous Province (the SCLIP). Earth and Planetary Science Letters 267 (2008) 444–452
- Kevin Burke, Shuhab D. Khan, Ronald W. Mart (2008) Grenville Province and Monteregian carbonatite and nepheline syenite distribution related to rifting, collision, and plume passage Geology, December 2008; v. 36; no. 12; p.983–986; doi: 10.1130/G25247A.1
- Longitude: Linking Earth's ancient surface to its deep interior Kevin Burke, Trond H. Torsvik , Bernhard Steinberger , L. Robin Cocks, Earth and Planetary Science Letters vol. 276 p. 273–282
- K. Burke, with Khan, S. D., Walker, D. J., Hall, S., K., Shah, M. T., and Stockli, L. (2009) Did Kohistan-Ladakh island arc collide first with India? Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 121, no. 3-4, p. 366-384, doi:10.1130/B26348.
- In Press
- (with D.Bird, S.A Hall and J. Casey)The tectonic evolution of the Gulf of Mexico. in press in "The Gulf of Mexico" USGS