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Introduction

  • Juan C. BragaEmail author
  • Pedro P. Cunha
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Part of the Regional Geology Reviews book series (RGR)

Abstract

Cenozoic deposits crop out over large areas of the Iberian Peninsula, being the most extensively represented rocks at the surface. The tectono-stratigraphic evolution of the Iberian Cenozoic basins is ultimately linked to the relative movements of Europe, Iberia and Africa. Throughout the Cenozoic, deformation in Iberia migrated from north to south and later toward west (the Atlantic margin of Iberia is still tectonically active). The sedimentary record of the Cenozoic basins reflects their tectonic evolution and substantial aspects of the geological history of the mountains surrounding them. As such, they are invaluable archives of the tectonic and geodynamic context in which they developed and the analysis of their infill is a key tool to understand the (paleo) geographical changes that led to the configuration of the modern landscape.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de Estratigrafía y PaleontologíaUniversidad de Granada. Campus FuentenuevaGranadaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Earth SciencesMARE—Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, University of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal

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