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The Geology of Iberia: A Geodynamic Approach

Volume 4: Cenozoic Basins

  • Cecilio Quesada
  • José Tomás Oliveira


  • Enriches readers’ understanding of the evolution of the Iberian microplate over the last 600 million years

  • Reviews in detail key recent advances on the geology of the Iberian Peninsula from a geodynamic perspective

  • Summarizes the latest studies on the record of the Cadomian, Variscan, and Alpine orogenies in Iberia

  • Offers readers essential insights into the evolution of plate boundaries in the western corner of Europe


Part of the Regional Geology Reviews book series (RGR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Juan C. Braga, Pedro P. Cunha
    Pages 1-5
  3. Antonio Barnolas, Juan C. Larrasoaña, Victoriano Pujalte, Birger Schmitz, Francisco J. Sierro, María P. Mata et al.
    Pages 7-59
  4. Jesús Galindo-Zaldívar, Juan C. Braga, Carlos Marín-Lechado, Gemma Ercilla, José M. Martín, Antonio Pedrera et al.
    Pages 61-103
  5. Joan Martí, Xavier Bolós
    Pages 167-182
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 183-184

About this book


Pursuing an innovative, global approach, this unique book provides an updated review of the geology of Iberia and its continental margins from a geodynamic perspective. Owing to its location close to successive plate margins, Iberia has played a pivotal role in the geodynamic evolution of the Gondwanan, Rheic, Pangea, Tethys and Eurasian plates over the last 600 Ma of Earth’s history. The geological record starts with the amalgamation of Gondwana in the Neoproterozoic, which was succeeded by the rifting and spreading of the Rheic ocean; its demise, which led to the amalgamation of Pangea in the late Paleozoic; the rifting and spreading of several arms of the Neotethys ocean in the Mesozoic Era and their ongoing closure, which was responsible for the Alpine orogeny. The significant advances in the last 20 years have increasingly attracted international interest in exploring the geology of the Iberian Peninsula.

This volume focuses on the Cenozoic basins of the Iberian Geology and consequently the most recent sedimentary features in the Iberian Geology apart of the active ones. In this book, you will find a detailed explanation of the alpine foreland basins, the extension of the west Mediterranean as well as the latest magmatism in Iberia.


Controls on Basins Formation and Evolution Sedimentary Basins Iberia and its Continental Margins Geology of Portugal Geology of Spain

Editors and affiliations

  • Cecilio Quesada
    • 1
  • José Tomás Oliveira
    • 2
  1. 1.Instituto Geológico y Minero de España (IGME) and Faculty of Geological SciencesUniversidad Complutense de MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.Laboratório Nacional de Energia e GeologiaAmadoraPortugal

About the editors

Cecilio Quesada’s professional career was based at Instituto Geológico Minero de España (Spanish Geological Survey), until he retired from there in 2013. He is currently an Honorary Professor at the Faculty of Geological Sciences, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, where he also served temporarily as an Associate Professor. As a “survey person”, his research interests, past and present, include geological mapping, regional geology, tectonics and geochronology, mainly focused on the Variscan orogen in its global context. He has participated in ten IGCP projects since 1979, and is currently involved in Project 648: Supercontinent cycles & Global Geodynamics.

José Tomás Oliveira holds a Ph.D. and Agregação (Portuguese postdoctoral degree). He is a geologist and is currently collaborating at Laboratorio Nacional de Energia e Geologia, former Geological Survey of Portugal, where he acted also as Head of the Geology and Mineral Resources departments. As a survey geologist, his main activities have focused on regional geological mapping in Portugal and Mozambique, with a particular interest in stratigraphy, clastic sedimentology and basin analysis. He has been an Invited Professor at universities in Portugal and Angola, author and editor of several geological maps, and was co-editor of the recently published Geological Map of Portugal and Spain, 2015, scale 1:1,000,000.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Geology of Iberia: A Geodynamic Approach
  • Book Subtitle Volume 4: Cenozoic Basins
  • Editors Cecilio Quesada
    José Tomás Oliveira
  • Series Title Regional Geology Reviews
  • Series Abbreviated Title Regional Geology Reviews
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-11189-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-11190-8
  • Series ISSN 2364-6438
  • Series E-ISSN 2364-6446
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 184
  • Number of Illustrations 7 b/w illustrations, 95 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Geology
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