Thesis defence R.J.G. Charton: Morocco

22 May 2018 12:30 - Location: Aula, TU Delft - By: webredactie

Phanerozoic Vertical Movements in Morocco. Promotor 1: Prof.dr. G. Bertotti (CiTG); Promotor 2: Prof. J. Redfern (U-Manchester).

In the past decade, numerous studies have documented km-scale upward and downward vertical movements in the continental rifted margins of the Atlantic Ocean and in their hinterlands. These movements, described as exhumation (upward) and subsidence (downward), have been labelled as “unpredicted” and/or “unexpected”. ‘Unpredicted’ because conceptual, physical, and numerical models that we dispose of or the evolution of continental margins do not generally account for these relatively recent observations. ‘Unexpected’ because the km-scale vertical movements occurred when our record of the geological history is insufficient to support them. As yet, the mechanisms responsible for the km-scale vertical movements remain enigmatic. 

One of the common techniques used by geoscientists to investigate the past kinematics of the continental crust is to couple ‘low-temperature thermochronology’ and ‘time-temperature modelling’. In Morocco alone, over twenty studies were conducted following this approach. The reason behind this abundance of studies and the related enthusiasm of researchers towards Moroccan geology is due to its puzzling landscapes and complex history. In this Thesis, we investigate unconstrained aspects of the km-scale vertical movements that occurred in Morocco and its surroundings (Canary Islands, Algeria, Mali, and Mauritania).

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