Geo-Marine Letters

, Volume 12, Issue 2–3, pp 157–164 | Cite as

Neogene tectonic evolution of the Alboran Sea from MCS data

  • M. C. Comas
  • V. García-Dueñas
  • M. J. Jurado
Basin Evolution


The structural framework of the northern Alboran Sea is one of a series of grabens or half-grabens developed during various Miocene rifting stages. MCS profiles and well data reveal early to late Miocene seismo-stratigraphic units affected by rifting. Three rifting episodes—latest Aquitanian-Burdigalian, Langhian-Serravalian, and Tortonian-are postulated to have caused significant extension and crustal thinning beneath the Alboran Sea. The middle Miocene episode led to major depocenters and triggered mud diapirism. Post-Tortonian tectonics modified the architecture of the Miocene Alboran Basin and formed the present structure, seafloor morphology, and boundaries of the Alboran Sea.


Miocene Neogene Late Miocene Tectonic Evolution Middle Miocene 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. C. Comas
    • 1
  • V. García-Dueñas
    • 1
  • M. J. Jurado
    • 2
  1. 1.Instituto Andaluz de Geología Mediterránea (CSIC y Universidad de Granada)Universidad de GranadaGranadaSpain
  2. 2.Instituto de Ciencias de la Tierra, CSICZona Universitaria PedralbesBarcelonaSpain

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