Continental Evolution: The Geology of Morocco

Structure, Stratigraphy, and Tectonics of the Africa-Atlantic-Mediterranean Triple Junction

  • André Michard
  • Omar Saddiqi
  • Ahmed Chalouan
  • Dominique Frizon de Lamotte

Part of the Lecture Notes in Earth Sciences book series (LNEARTH, volume 116)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVIII
  2. A. Michard, D. Frizon de Lamotte, O. Saddiqi, A. Chalouan
    Pages 1-31
  3. D. Gasquet, N. Ennih, J.-P. Liégeois, A. Soulaimani, A. Michard
    Pages 33-64
  4. A. Michard, C. Hoepffner, A. Soulaimani, L. Baidder
    Pages 65-132
  5. D. Frizon de Lamotte, M. Zizi, Y. Missenard, M. Hafid, M. El Azzouzi, R.C. Maury et al.
    Pages 133-202
  6. A. Chalouan, A. Michard, Kh. El Kadiri, F. Negro, D. Frizon de Lamotte, J.I. Soto et al.
    Pages 203-302
  7. M. Hafid, G. Tari, D. Bouhadioui, I. El Moussaid, H. Echarfaoui, A. Aït Salem et al.
    Pages 303-329
  8. S. Zouhri, A. Kchikach, O. Saddiqi, F.Z. El Haïmer, L. Baidder, A. Michard
    Pages 331-358
  9. J.-C. Plaziat, M. Aberkan, M. Ahmamou, A. Choukri
    Pages 359-376
  10. Y. Missenard, A. Michard, M. Durand-Delga
    Pages 377-393
  11. A. Michard, D. Frizon de Lamotte, J.-P. Liégeois, O. Saddiqi, A. Chalouan
    Pages 395-404
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 405-424

About this book


Morocco is one of the most fascinating lands in the world from the point of view of its geological structure and evolution. Our knowledge on the geology of the country has been greatly improved during the last decades, based on numerous seismic profiles and boreholes, seismological analysis of focal mechanisms, seismic tomography, gravimetric/geodetic modelling and, on the other hand, based on a big National Program of Geological Mapping including modern geochemical analyses (trace elements) and reliable isotopic datings (39Ar-40Ar, U-Pb zircon, Sm-Nd, etc). Moreover, a number of academic studies have been performed in relation with the increasing number of Moroccan universities.

Accordingly, there was an utmost urgency to undertake a new treatise of Moroccan geology which could substitute for the classical Eléments de géologie marocaine, published in 1976 by A. Michard in the Notes et Mémoires du Service géologique du Maroc (re-edited twice since 1976, with more than 6000 copies sold, and… translated in Japanese for engineers!). A new treatise has been prepared between April 2006 and July 2007 under the coordination of A. Michard, assisted by O. Saddiqi, and A. Chalouan, by a wide panel of authors from Morocco, France or Belgium among the best connoisseurs of the country. In order to emphasize the general interest of the book, we finally retain the following title: Continental Evolution: The Geology of Morocco. Structure, Stratigraphy, and Tectonics of the Africa-Atlantic-Mediterranean Triple junction.

The editing and production of this book was supported by the following organisations:

The Geological Society of  France (SGF)

The National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines of Morocco (ONHYM)

The International Lithosphere Program (ILP)



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Editors and affiliations

  • André Michard
    • 1
  • Omar Saddiqi
    • 2
  • Ahmed Chalouan
    • 3
  • Dominique Frizon de Lamotte
    • 4
  1. 1.France
  2. 2.Faculty of SciencesAin Chock UniversityCasablancaMorocco
  3. 3.Mohammed V-Agdal UniversityRabatMorocco
  4. 4.Département Sciences de la Terre Site de NeuvilleUniversité Cergy-PontoiseSite de NeuvilleFrance

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