The Geology of Iberia: A Geodynamic Approach

Volume 2: The Variscan Cycle

  • Cecilio Quesada
  • José Tomás Oliveira

Part of the Regional Geology Reviews book series (RGR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. J. F. Simancas
    Pages 1-25
  3. T. Sánchez-García, M. Chichorro, A. R. Solá, J. J. Álvaro, A. Díez-Montes, F. Bellido et al.
    Pages 27-74
  4. J. C. Gutiérrez-Marco, J. M. Piçarra, C. A. Meireles, P. Cózar, D. C. García-Bellido, Z. Pereira et al.
    Pages 75-98
  5. J. R. Martínez Catalán, J. Gómez Barreiro, Í. Dias da Silva, M. Chichorro, A. López-Carmona, P. Castiñeiras et al.
    Pages 99-130
  6. C. Quesada, J. A. Braid, P. Fernandes, P. Ferreira, R. S. Jorge, J. X. Matos et al.
    Pages 131-171
  7. J. T. Oliveira, C. Quesada, Z. Pereira, J. X. Matos, A. R. Solá, D. Rosa et al.
    Pages 173-206
  8. J. M. Casas, J. J. Álvaro, S. Clausen, M. Padel, C. Puddu, J. Sanz-López et al.
    Pages 229-259
  9. A. Martín-Algarra, A. García-Casco, M. T. Gómez-Pugnaire, A. Jabaloy-Sánchez, C. Laborda-López, V. López Sánchez-Vizcaíno et al.
    Pages 261-305
  10. A. Azor, Í. Dias da Silva, J. Gómez Barreiro, E. González-Clavijo, J. R. Martínez Catalán, J. F. Simancas et al.
    Pages 307-348
  11. J. T. Oliveira, E. González-Clavijo, J. Alonso, M. Armendáriz, J. R. Bahamonde, J. A. Braid et al.
    Pages 349-429
  12. M. L. Ribeiro, J. Reche, A. López-Carmona, C. Aguilar, T. Bento dos Santos, M. Chichorro et al.
    Pages 431-495
  13. M. L. Ribeiro, A. Castro, A. Almeida, L. González Menéndez, A. Jesus, J. A. Lains et al.
    Pages 497-526
  14. Arlo Weil, D. Pastor-Galán, S. T. Johnston, G. Gutiérrez-Alonso
    Pages 527-542
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 543-544

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, careful and updated description of the variscan cycle in Iberia. This volume focuses in the different geological events since the  Cambrian-Early Ordovician rift until the late variscan orocline formations including magmatic and metamorphic evolution.


Geodynamics Rifting and Spreading of the Rheic and Neotethys Oceans Controls on Basins Formation and Evolution Cadomian 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 Sciences, Universidade Complutense de MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.LNEGAmadoraPortugal

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