TitleTectonic relationships of Southwest Iberia with the allochthons of Northwest Iberia and the Moroccan Variscides
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsSimancas JFernando, Azor A, Martínez-Poyatos D, Tahiri A, Hadi HEl, González-Lodeiro F, Pérez-Estaún A, Carbonell R
JournalComptes Rendus Geoscience
Date Publishedfeb
KeywordsCorrelations, Iberia, Morocco, Sutures, Variscan orogen
AbstractThe Iberian Massif poses a problem of relationships between its northwestern and southern parts. Suture terranes (ophiolites and high-pressure rocks) crop out in NW Iberia but only as allochthonous units, unconnected from their root zone. Sutures cropping out in SW Iberia are discussed in order to relate them to the unknown root of the NW Iberia allochthons. On the other hand, the Moroccan Variscides are very briefly presented with a view to propose their correlation with the Iberian zones. Particularly important is the transition from the Variscides to the Paleoproterozoic basement in Morocco, which is a key argument for palaeogeographic reconstructions. © 2008 Académie des sciences.