Comment on "The distribution of basaltic volcanism on Tenerife, Canary Islands: Implications on the origin and dynamics of the rift systems" by A. Geyer and J. Marti. Tectonophysics 483 (2010) 310-326.

Carracedo, J. C., Fernandez-Turiel, J. L., Gimeno, D., Guillou, H., Klugel, A., Krastel, S., Paris, R., Perez-Torrado, F. J., Rodriguez-Badiola, E., Rodriguez-Gonzalez, A., Troll, V. R., Walter, T. R. and Wiesmaier, S. (2011) Comment on "The distribution of basaltic volcanism on Tenerife, Canary Islands: Implications on the origin and dynamics of the rift systems" by A. Geyer and J. Marti. Tectonophysics 483 (2010) 310-326. Tectonophysics, 503 (3-4). pp. 239-241. DOI 10.1016/j.tecto.2010.10.015.

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Abstract

In theirarticle, Geyerand Martí(2010)propose thatthe evolution and origin of the volcanic islands which constitute the Canarian archipelagoarestronglycontrolledbyregionaltectonic“Atlantic” and “African” structures. In their Fig. 1a they sketch the geometry of the IberianandMoroccanmicroplatesandtherespectiveboundaryzones with respect to Africa (Nubia) and Eurasia (Mantovani et al., 2007). DashedlinesindicatingpresumedplateboundariescrosstheCanarian archipelago, which will therefore be located along a lithospheric fracture, the boundary between the Moroccan and African (Nubia) microplates. This regional fracture extends from the Atlas to the Atlantis fracture zone, coinciding in parts with the propagating fracturepostulatedby Anguita and Hernán (1975). InFig. 1b ofGeyer and Martí (2010), dashed lines indicate the orientation of the most evident tectonic structures visible on the ocean floor. As we show in this comment, all of these mapped “faults” are artifacts.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: gran-canaria geochemical evolution magnetic stratigraphy hotspot volcanism north-atlantic el hierro growth mantle model orientation
Research affiliation: Kiel University > Kiel Marine Science
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence > FO-R06
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1016/j.tecto.2010.10.015
ISSN: 0040-1951
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2012 05:04
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2019 19:14
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/16952

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