Palaeogene evolution of deformation in the northeastern Iberian Peninsula

  • Guimerá J
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Abstract

During the Palaeogene Alpine compression 3 units were differentiated S of the Ebro Basin: the Catalan Coastal Range; The Iberian Range; the Linking Zone. From the analysis of both these major structures and the small-scale structures, it can be deduced that the compression in the studied area has evolved from a NW-SE direction (lower-middle Eocene) to a N-S direction and to a NE-SW one (uppermost Oligocene). The major structures are due to the N-S compression. Later, the stress-field progressively changed to a distensive regime. We suggest a relation between the compressive phases and the displacement direction of the Iberian Plate with reference to the European Plate.-from Author

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