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Published by way of the yank Geophysical Union as a part of the Geodynamics Series.

The ultimate record on geodynamic learn within the Alpine-Mediterranean quarter will be incomplete and not using a short historic cartoon at the constitution and actions of ICG-Working team three. it may even be looked an appreciation to the contributors and sponsors of the operating crew who've taken, over decades, an lively half within the lifetime of the operating crew and thereby contributed to the amazing growth in our wisdom and figuring out of the geological evolution of this advanced quarter.


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Yet these relative positions are well known from the Atlantic oceanfloor data [Pitman and Talwani, 1972]. Therefore it seems preferable to show these relative positions precisely because they provide the next step for all tectonic syntheses. A series of new paleocontinental maps has been made showing the relative positions of Africa and Europe and their inferred paleolatitudes (Figures 7-16). These maps are drawn by computer from published ocean-floor spreading and continental paleomagnetic data.

82, 1207-1218, 1971. International Geological Map of Europe and the Mediterranean Region. 1: 5,000,000. Commission for the Geological Map of the World. Bundesanstalt fur Bodenforschung, Hannover/UNESCO, 1971. , Drift of the major continental blocks since the Devonian. Nature, London, 270, 304-309, 1977. -O. , Structure and geodynamic evolution of the Aegean region. , Roeder, D. and Schmidt, K. ), Inter-Union Commission on Geodynamics Scientific 38, 537-563, 1978. , Tethys: past and present. Geol.

West Mediterranean Basins. The Cenozoic age of the Alboran, Balearic and Tyrrhenian basins is now established, but their mechanisms of formation are origin still for the in debate. , 1979]. Bernoulli and Laubscher [1977] still argue strongly for a vertical ranean foundering basins origin (see for the West Mediter- above 'Thinning TECTONIC Copyright American Geophysical Union Without SYNTHESES Exten31 Geodynamics Series Alpine-Mediterranean Geodynamics sion'). Hsu [1977] points out that 'foundering' and 'rifting' are parts of a spectrum of basin formation processes, and that their distinction may be more semantic than real.

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