Structure and low-temperature thermochronology in the western Cantabrian Mountains

The objective of this proposal is to determine the structure and thermal evolution, uplift and exhumation history of upper crustal rocks in the western Cantabrian Mountains. The aim of the project is to obtain models of landscape evolution that help identify the implication and interactions of key acting upper crustal processes that control mountain growth next to an incipient subduction margin. The research proposes the integration of structural, geomorphological and thermocronological studies in the western Cantabrian Mountains. The region is underlined by Variscan basement uplifted during the Cenozoic compression along the northern margin of the Iberian plate. The compresion caused limited shortening in the upper crust and limited subduction along the margin. The landscape of the western Cantabrian Mountains is at an early stage of mountain growth and may have been evolving during the past 50 Ma next to a very slow convergent margin.

  • Joaquina Álvarez Marrón, ICTJA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain 
  • Dennis Lewis Brown Marsh, ICTJA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain
  • Andrés Pérez Estaún, ICTJA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain
  • Susana Fernández Menéndez, Universidad de Oviedo
  • Luis Barbero González, Universidad de Cádiz
  • Fidel Martín González
  • Ulrich Glamacher, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • Finaly Stuart, Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre, Glasgow, UK
  • Rene Grobe, University of Heidelberg, Germany


  • Funding

    Project Financed by PNIDI-CGL2007-60230/BTE


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