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Western extension of boundary between european and iberian plates during the pyrenean orogeny

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  • Histoire Ifremer


The kinematics of the Eocene episode of compression between the Iberian and European plates is examined. It is proposed that the boundary between the two plates extended West of the Pyrenees, along the Spanish marginal trench to end West of King's trough at a triple point junction. The pole of relative rotation computed within this hypothesis lies near 5°N ; 62°W and the resulting shortening along the Pyrenees is about 50 km dong 45°E. [NOT CONTROLLED OCR]

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