The late Oligocene-Miocene opening of the North Balearic Sea (Valencia basin, western Mediterranean): A working hypothesis involving mantle upwelling and extensional detachment tectonics

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The North Balearic Sea (Valencia basin) is one of the western Mediterranean basins that opened during the late Oligocene-Miocene. However, in contrast with neighbouring basins, the Valencia basin is floored by highly attenuated continental crust. The geological and geophysical characteristics of this realm indicate that extensional tectonics and mantle instability played a major role in the opening of the basin and consequent SE-directed drifting of its eastern flank (Balearic Rise). A model for the generation of this basin is proposed, involving the intrusion of asthenospheric mantle and subsequent extensional detachment tectonics during late Oligocene-Miocene times. This model accounts for the asymmetrical rifting of the North Balearic Sea, and the clockwise drifting/rotation of the Balearic Rise. © 1990.

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Doblas, M., & Oyarzun, R. (1990). The late Oligocene-Miocene opening of the North Balearic Sea (Valencia basin, western Mediterranean): A working hypothesis involving mantle upwelling and extensional detachment tectonics. Marine Geology, 94(1–2), 155–163. https://doi.org/10.1016/0025-3227(90)90109-W

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