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Mesozoic paleogeography and facies distribution in the Northern Mediterranean Tethys from Western Carpathians view

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Author(s): J. Michalík

Journal: Iranian Journal of Earth Sciences
ISSN 2008-8779

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 10;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Mesozoic | Mediterranean Tethys | lithofacies | paleogeography | Western Carpathians

ABSTRACT
West Carpathian Mesozoic paleogeographic development indicates the effect of a left lateral shift of the Alpine- Carpathian microcontinent along the European shelf since the Early Jurassic. The evolution during Late Triassic/Early Jurassic was controlled by convergence along the border of the Meliata Ocean and by contemporaneous divergence along the Middle Atlantic/Penninic rift. During Mid-Cretaceous, the convergence between Africa and Paleoeurope started, which finally resulted in collision of Alpine-West Carpathian microcontinent with the Paleoeuropean margin and in the formation of the Alpine Orogen.
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