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The Geology of Iberia: A Geodynamic Approach

Volume 3: The Alpine Cycle

  • Cecilio Quesada
  • José Tomás Oliveira
  • Enriches understanding of the evolution of the Iberian microplate for the last 600 million years

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

  • Summarizes the latest studies on the record in Iberia of the Alpine orogeny

  • Maximizes the reader insights on 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-xxviii
  2. Jaume Vergés, José Carlos Kullberg, Antonio Casas-Sainz, Gerardo de Vicente, Luís Vítor Duarte, Manel Fernàndez et al.
    Pages 1-14
  3. Juan José Gómez, José Sandoval, Roque Aguado, Luis O’Dogherty, María Luisa Osete
    Pages 15-27
  4. José López-Gómez, Jacinto Alonso-Azcárate, Alfredo Arche, José Arribas, José Fernández Barrenechea, Violeta Borruel-Abadía et al.
    Pages 29-112
  5. Juan José Gómez, Roque Aguado, Ana Cristina Azerêdo, José Emilio Cortés, Luís Vítor Duarte, Luis O’Dogherty et al.
    Pages 113-167
  6. Javier Martín-Chivelet, José López-Gómez, Roque Aguado, Consuelo Arias, José Arribas, María Eugenia Arribas et al.
    Pages 169-249
  7. Pedro Terrinha, José Carlos Kullberg, Marta Neres, Tiago Alves, Adrià Ramos, Carlos Ribeiro et al.
    Pages 251-283
  8. Javier Martín-Chivelet, Marc Floquet, Jesús García-Senz, Pedro Miguel Callapez, Berta López-Mir, Josep Anton Muñoz et al.
    Pages 285-376
  9. Antonio Jabaloy Sánchez, Agustín Martín-Algarra, José Alberto Padrón-Navarta, Manuel Martín-Martín, María Teresa Gómez-Pugnaire, Vicente López Sánchez-Vizcaíno et al.
    Pages 377-432
  10. Antonio Jabaloy Sánchez, José Alberto Padrón-Navarta, María Teresa Gómez-Pugnaire, Vicente López Sánchez-Vizcaíno, Carlos J. Garrido
    Pages 453-486
  11. Pedro Terrinha, Adrià Ramos, Marta Neres, Vasco Valadares, João Duarte, Sara Martínez-Loriente et al.
    Pages 487-505
  12. Ramón Vegas, Gerardo de Vicente, Antonio Casas-Sainz, Sierd A. P. L. Cloetingh
    Pages 507-518
  13. María Teresa Gómez-Pugnaire, Fernando Nieto, Isabel Abad, Nicolás Velilla, Carlos J. Garrido, Antonio Acosta-Vigil et al.
    Pages 519-544
  14. María Teresa Gómez-Pugnaire, Vicente López Sánchez-Vizcaíno, Juan Manuel Fernández-Soler, Antonio Acosta-Vigil
    Pages 545-566
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 567-568

About this book


Taking a new 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 s.l. and Eurasian plates over the last 600 Ma of Earth's history. The geological record starts with the amalgamation of Gondwana in the Neoproterozoic 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 attracted international research interest in the geology of the Iberian Peninsula.

This volume presents the most comprehensive, and updated description of the Alpine cycle in Iberia. This volume focuses in the different geological events during the Alpine orogeny as well as the lithological succession . This book is of interest not only for scientists of Portugal and Spain but also for geoscientists searching for analogies for oil and gas as well as tourists visiting the main mountain ridges of Iberia such as the Pyrenees.


Geodynamics Rifting and Spreading of the Rheic and Neotethys Oceans Controls on Basins Formation and Evolution Alpine Orogeny 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 3: The Alpine Cycle
  • 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 978-3-030-11294-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-11295-0
  • Series ISSN 2364-6438
  • Series E-ISSN 2364-6446
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXVIII, 568
  • Number of Illustrations 40 b/w illustrations, 227 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Geology
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