Regional Tectonic Setting and Geological Structure of the Rhenish Massif

  • H. Murawski
  • H. J. Albers
  • P. Bender
  • H.-P. Berners
  • St. Dürr
  • R. Huckriede
  • G. Kauffmann
  • G. Kowalczyk
  • P. Meiburg
  • R. Müller
  • A. Muller
  • S. Ritzkowski
  • K. Schwab
  • A. Semmel
  • K. Stapf
  • R. Walter
  • K-P. Winter
  • H. Zankl
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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-69219-2_2

Cite this paper as:
Murawski H. et al. (1983) Regional Tectonic Setting and Geological Structure of the Rhenish Massif. In: Fuchs K., von Gehlen K., Mälzer H., Murawski H., Semmel A. (eds) Plateau Uplift. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

This chapter contains an outline of the geological history of the Rhenish Massif and the development of its margins and surrounding areas. Section 2.2 gives some main aspects of the development of the Variscan geosyncline and orogeny and a short description of the pre-Variscan geological history of this region. Since the end of the Variscan orogeny many different epeirogenetic processes have occurred here (Sect. 2.3). During these long geological times uplift and subsidence changed in the different parts of the Massif and in the surrounding areas.

The Rhenish Massif cannot be seen as an isolated complex; its history is often connected with the development of the surrounding areas. The maps and profiles of this chapter presents some of the main proofs for this fact. On the other hand, the development of the western and the eastern part of the Rhenish Massif differs in many cases. It is impossible to understand many symptoms of the latest development of the Massif without knowledge of its pre-Tertiary geological history.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Murawski
    • 1
  • H. J. Albers
    • 2
  • P. Bender
    • 3
  • H.-P. Berners
    • 4
  • St. Dürr
    • 3
  • R. Huckriede
    • 3
  • G. Kauffmann
    • 3
  • G. Kowalczyk
    • 1
  • P. Meiburg
    • 5
  • R. Müller
    • 11
    • 12
  • A. Muller
    • 4
  • S. Ritzkowski
    • 7
  • K. Schwab
    • 8
  • A. Semmel
    • 9
  • K. Stapf
    • 10
  • R. Walter
    • 4
  • K-P. Winter
    • 1
  • H. Zankl
    • 3
  1. 1.Geologisch-Paläontologisches InstitutJ.W. Goethe-UniversitätFrankfurt am Main 1Fed. Rep. of Germany
  2. 2.Landesamt für Ökologie, Landschaftsentwicklung und ForstplanungRecklinghausenFed. Rep. of Germany
  3. 3.Institut für Geologie und Paläontologie, Fachbereich GeowissenschaftenPhilipps-UniversitätMarburg 1Fed. Rep. of Germany
  4. 4.Geologisches InstitutRheinisch-Westfälischen Technischen Hochschule AachenAachenFed. Rep. of Germany
  5. 5.Geologisch-Paläontologisches InstitutTechnischen Hochschule DarmstadtDarmstadtFed. Rep. of Germany
  6. 6.Instituto de GeologiaUniversidad Autonoma de Nuevo LeonLinares, N.L.Mexico
  7. 7.Geologisch-Paläontologisches Institut und Museum der UniversitätGöttingenFed. Rep. of Germany
  8. 8.Geologisches InstitutTechnischen UniversitätClausthal-ZellerfeldFed. Rep. of Germany
  9. 9.Institut für Physische GeographieJ.W. Goethe-UniverstitätFrankfurt am Main 1Fed. Rep. of Germany
  10. 10.Institut für GeowissenschaftenJohann Gutenberg-UniversitätMainzFed. Rep. of Germany
  11. 11.Lehrstuhl für Geologie und PaläontologieRheinisch-Westfälischen Technischen Hochschule AachenAachenFed. Rep. of Germany
  12. 12.Geologisches InstitutRheinisch-Westfälischen Technischen Hochschule AachenAachenFed. Rep. of Germany

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