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The Geology of the Pelagian Block: The Margins and Basins off Southern Tunisia and Tripolitania

  • P. F. Burollet
  • J. M. Mugniot
  • P. Sweeney

Abstract

In a recent synthesis, Burollet (1969, 1973) defined as the Pelagian block a relatively stable area which extended from the Maltese Islands to eastern Tunisia. This area, now largely under water, includes part of Sicily (Ragusa platform) and stretches southward toward the cratonic block of Africa. It is of particular interest in that it bridges the gap between Europe and Africa, between the Atlas Mountains, which may be traced across Africa, and the Apennines of Italy. In combination with the geology of Tripolitania, the relationship of the orogenic belts of North Africa to the Saharan craton can also be studied. These problems have interested Burollet (Petroleum Exploration Society of Libya, 1967), Caire (1973), Castany (1951), Durand Delga (1967), and Rouvier (1973).

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Lower Triassic Abyssal Plain Mediterranean Ridge Interbedded Sandstone Maltese Island 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. F. Burollet
    • 1
  • J. M. Mugniot
    • 1
  • P. Sweeney
    • 1
  1. 1.Compagnie Française des PétrolesParisFrance

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