The Rhenohercynian Belt was defined by Kossmat (1927). This subdivision of the Variscan Belt is mainly based upon metamorphic grades, magmatic belts, and sedimentary fades, and can be translated, therefore, into modern plate-tectonic terms: very low grade sedimentary belts contain the records of pre-orogenic extensional basins and of foreland basins. They alternate with crystalline zones, which represent deeply eroded active margins. It is therefore still convenient to refer to Kossmat’s zonation. However, modern findings require slight revisions of the classical definition.


Foreland Basin Middle Devonian Early Carboniferous Paris Basin Variscan Belt 
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