Plateau Uplift pp 9-38
Regional Tectonic Setting and Geological Structure of the Rhenish Massif
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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