The Mesozoic and Cenozoic motion of Adria (central Mediterranean): a review of constraints and limitations

Rosenbaum, G, Lister, GS and Duboz, C (2004) The Mesozoic and Cenozoic motion of Adria (central Mediterranean): a review of constraints and limitations. Geodinamica Acta, 17 2: 125-139. doi:10.3166/ga.17.125-139


Author Rosenbaum, G
Lister, GS
Duboz, C
Title The Mesozoic and Cenozoic motion of Adria (central Mediterranean): a review of constraints and limitations
Journal name Geodinamica Acta   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0985-3111
Publication date 2004
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.3166/ga.17.125-139
Volume 17
Issue 2
Start page 125
End page 139
Total pages 15
Place of publication Paris, France
Publisher Editions Scientifiques Medicales Elsevier
Language eng
Abstract This paper presents kinematic analysis on the motion of Adria, which is the continental mass that bridges Africa and Europe in the central Mediterranean. Palaeomagnetic data show a general coherence between the motion of Adria and Africa since the Late Paleozoic. This mutual motion, for the period from 120 Ma and the present, is verified by comparing inferred palaeolatitudes from relatively stable parts of Adria (Apulia, Gargano, Istria, and the Southern Alps) and the Hyblean Plateau, with latitudinal changes that are calculated from the motion of Africa with respect to hotspots. Additional constraints on the motion of Adria are provided from the Late Paleozoic-Early Mesozoic passive margin of Adria in the Ionian Sea. The seismic structure of the floor of the Ionian Sea resembles the structure of the oceanic crust in marginal back-arc basins, suggesting that it formed as a small ocean basin. Furthermore, the Ionian lithosphere in the Calabrian arc has been subjected to rapid rollback, which commonly occurs only when the subducting slab is made of oceanic lithosphere. This oceanic domain marks the Pennian-Triassic to Jurassic plate boundary between Adria and Africa, suggesting that a small amount of independent motion between Adria and Africa took place at that time. Since the Jurassic, Adria and Africa have shared a relatively coherent motion path. (C) 2004 Lavoisier SAS. All rights reserved.
Keyword Geography, Physical
Geology
Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
Plate Motions
Mediterranean Region
Paleomagnetism
Hot Spots
Ionian Sea
Back-arc Extension
Paleomagnetic Evidence
Clockwise Rotation
African Plate
Southern Alps
Italian Peninsula
Tectonic Rotation
Crustal Structure
Slab Detachment
Volcanic-rocks
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes This document is a journal review.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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