The Westernmost Tethys Blog Geology mapping, basin analysis and 3D modeling


New project to study sedimentary basins.

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The Spanish research agency (Agencia Estatal de Investigación) of the Spanish Science and innovation minister (Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación)  has conceded a new project to study the Cenozoic sedimentary basins entitle as “EVOLUCION TECTONO-DEPOSICIONAL DE CUENCAS SEDIMENTARIAS CENOZOICAS: CARACTERIZACION 2D-3D Y MEJORA DE PATRONES ESTANDAR” (PID2020-114381GB-I00).

This research project  will develop techniques for the analysis of various types of Cenozoic sedimentary basins in a general compressive or convergent framework (associated with strike-slip faults, transported -piggy-back or wedge-top-, and complex foreland systems). The stratigraphic architecture, biostratigraphic control of the different sedimentary bodies, stratigraphic discontinuities will be studied, as well as  sediments  sources (both terrigeneous and biogenic) through mineralogical, petrographic and geochemical studies.


Principal investigator: Manuel Martín-Martín (Alicante University)

Jesús M. Soria (Alicante University)

Manuel Bullejos Lorenzo (Granada University)

Antonio Sánchez Navas (Granada University)

Agustín Martín-Algarra (Granada University)

José Enrique Tent-Manclús (Alicante University)

Josep Tosquella (Huelva University)

Carlos Ureña Almagro (Granada University)

Fernando Pérez-Valera (Alicante University)

Francisco Javier Alcalá-García (Instituto Geológico y Minero de España, IGME)

Estelle Mortimer (University of Leeds)

Douglas Patton (University of Leeds)

Francesco Perri (Calabria University)

Salvatore Critelli (Calabria University)

Crina Miclaus (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University)

Francisco Serrano (Malaga University)


The Huelva Group: Josep Tosquella

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Josep Tosquella Angrill graduated in Geological Sciences in 1985 from the University of Barcelona. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Barcelona in 1995, having studied the Nummulitinae of the Paleocene-Early Eocene of the south-Pyrenean Basin. Their teaching history begins at the Faculty of Geology of the University of Barcelona as Assistant Professor LRU (1990-1998). From 1999 to 2001 teach as a Full-time Associate Professor in the Department of Geology of the Faculty of Experimental Sciences of the University of Huelva, and on October 17 of 2001 he take part as Full University Professor at this University at the Department of Earth Sciences (Palaeontology area). His recent research activity is mainly focused on the following lines: a) Large Benthic Foraminifera (Nummulitids) in the Cenozoic sediments of the Pyrenean, Betic and Vasco-Cantabrian areas: Systematics, Paleoecology, Paleobiogeography, Biochronostratigraphy and usefulness in Intercontinental Stratigraphic Correlations, and b) Geoarchaeology of the Tinto-Odiel Estuary (Huelva, SW Spain): Morphosedimentary evolution and peopling.

Recent papers:

Nummulites catari. Tosquella y Serra-Kiel, 1998 Reference: TOSQUELLA, J., SERRA-KIEL, J., 1998. Nummulites catari: a new species from the late Paleocene of the Pyrenean basin. In HOTTINGER, L. & DROBNE, K. (Eds.): Paleogene shallow benthos of the Tethys, vol. IV, 34/2, 165-171, Dela-Opera SAZU, Ljubljana.


The Granada Group: Antonio Sánchez-Navas

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Antonio Sánchez-Navas has been doing research in the fields of crystallography, mineralogy and petrology. The publication list of mineralogy includes papers in American Mineralogist, European Journal of Mineralogy, Canadian Mineralogist y Clays and Clay minerals. His research activities focussed on the field of crystallography have been published in Crystal Growth and Design and Journal of Crystal Growth. Publications about geochemistry include papers in important international journals as Geochimica et Cosmochimica y Chemical Geology; about Geology, in journals as Geology, Journal of Geology, Journal of Metamorphic Geology and Terranova; about sedimentology in Sedimentology; about environmental sciences and cultural heritage in Journal of Geophysical Research, Atmospheric Environment, Geoderma, Archaeometry and Journal of Cultural Heritage. He has worked as scientific and technical advisor of the Scientific Instrumentation Center of the University of Granada (1989-present). Among the works carried out, it is worth mentioning the development of the backscattered electron diffraction (EBSD) for the textural analysis of geological materials in our laboratories.

López-Quirós, A., Sánchez-Navas, A., Nieto, F.,  Escutia C. (2020): New insights into the nature of glauconite. American Mineralogist, 105, 674-686.

Chen, X. Y.,  Teng, F. Z., Sanchez, W. R., Romanek, C. S., Sanchez-Navas, A., Sánchez-Román, M.(2020): Experimental constraints on magnesium isotope fractionation during abiogenic calcite precipitation at room temperature. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 281, 102-117.

López-Quirós, A., Escutia, C., Sánchez-Navas, A.,  Nieto, F.,  Garcia-Casco, A., Martín-Algarra, A., Evangelinos, D.,  Salabarna, A. (2019) Glaucony authigenesis, maturity and alteration in the Weddell Sea: An indicator of paleoenvironmental conditions before the onset of Antarctic glaciation. Scientific Reports 9:13580.  

Hernández-Laguna, A., Pérez del Valle, C., Hernández-Haro, N.,  Ortega-Castro, J., Muñoz-Santiburcio, D., Vidal, I., Sánchez-Navas, A.,  Escamilla-Roa, E., Sainz-Díaz, C. I. (2019): Compressibility of 2M1 muscovite-phlogopite series minerals. Journal of Molecular Modeling 25:341.  

Farré-de-Pablo, J., Proenza, J. A., González-Jiménez, J. M., Garcia-Casco, A., Colás, V.,  Roqué-Rossell, J., Camprubí, A., Sánchez-Navas, A. (2018): A shallow origin for diamonds in ophiolitic chromitites. Geology, 47 (1), 75-78.  

Díaz-Hernández, J. L., Sánchez-Navas, A., Delgado, A., Yepes, J., García-Casco, A. (2018): Textural and isotopic evidence for Ca-Mg carbonate pedogenesis. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 222, 485-507. doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2017.11.006.

Sánchez-Navas, A., García-Casco, A.,  Mazzoli, S., Martín-Algarra, A. (2017): Polymetamorphism in the Alpujarride Complex, Betic Cordillera, south Spain. The Journal of Geology, 125, 637-657. doi: 10.1086/693862.


University of Alicante Group: Dr. Manuel Martín-Martín

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Manuel Martín Martín graduated in Geological Sciences from the University of Granada in 1990. He obtained a research grant from the FPI plan of the Ministry of Education and Science (1993-1996) and received his doctorate from the University of Granada in 1996, having studied the Tertiary of Maláguide Domain in Sierra Espuña (Bética Internal Zones). He obtained a postdoctoral fellowship from the FPI plan of the Ministry of Education and Science (1997-1998) to study the Paleogene of the Corbiéres and Minervois sector (SE, France) at the Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse (France). He is professor at the University of Alicante from the end of 1998. Since July 25, 2002, he has been a Full Professor at the University of Alicante at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (Internal Geodynamics area). Currently he is working on the tectono-sedimentary evolution of Cenozoic basins, being the Head Researcher of the Group of the University of Alicante: “Geodynamic evolution of the eastern Betic mountain range and the Alicante marine platform”.

Recent papers:

Martín-Martín, M., Guerrera, F., Tosquella, J, Tramontana, M. 2020. Paleocene-Lower Eocene carbonate platforms of westernmost Tethys. Sedimentary Geology 404, 105674. 

Martín-Martín, M., and Robles-Marín, P. (2020): Alternative methods for calculating compaction in sedimentary basins. Mar. Pet. Geol. 113, 104132. doi: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2019.104132

Martín-Martín, M., Guerrera, F., Miclăuș, C., and Tramontana, M. (2020): Similar Oligo-Miocene tectono-sedimentary evolution of the Paratethyan branches represented by the Moldavidian Basin and Maghrebian Flysch Basin. Sedimentary Geology 396: 105548

Martín-Martín, M., Guerrera, F., and Tramontana, M. (2020): Geodynamic Implications of the Latest Chattian-Langhian Central-Western Peri-Mediterranean Volcano-Sedimentary Event: A Review.  The Journal of Geology 128:1, 29-43. doi: 10.1086/706262

– Guerrera, F., Martín-Martín, M., and Tramontana, M. (2019): Evolutionary geological models of the central-western peri-Mediterranean chains: a review. International Geology Reviews. 1-22. doi: 10.1080/00206814.2019.1706056

Martín-Martín, M., Estévez, A., Martín-Rojas, I., Guerrera, F., Alcalá, F. J., Serrano, F., Tramontana, M. (2018): The Agost Basin (Betic Cordillera, Alicante province, Spain): a pull-apart basin involving salt tectonics. International Journal of Earth Sciences. 107, 2: 655-671. Doi: 10.1007/s00531-017-1521-6

Perri, F.; Critelli, S.; Martín-Martín, M.; Montone, S.; Amendola, U. (2017): Unravelling hinterland and offshore palaeogeography from pre-to-syn-orogenic clastic sequences of the Betic Cordillera (Sierra Espuña), Spain. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Plaeoecology. 468, 52-69. 

Guerrera, F.; Martín-Martín, M.; Rafaelli, G.; Tramontana, M. (2015): The Early Miocene “Bisciaro volcaniclastic event” (northenr Apennines, Italy): a key study for the geodynamic evolution of the central-western Mediterranean. International Journal of Earth Sciences. 104: 1083-1106. 

Alcalá, F.J.; Guerrera, F.; Martín-Martín, M.; Raffaeli, G.; Serrano, F. (2013): Geodynamic implications derived from Numidian-like distal turbidites deposited along the Internal-External Domain boundary of the Betic Cordillera (S Spain). Terra Nova. 25:119-129.

Guerrera, F.; Martín-Algarra, A.; Martín-Martín, M. (2012): Tectono-sedimentary evolution of the “Numidian Formation” and Lateral Facies (southern branch of the western Tethys): constraints for central-western Mediterranean geodynamics. Terra  Nova. 24:34-41. 

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