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The Almeria Province of SE Spain, a semi-arid, tectonically active region, has formed the focus of a wide range of scientific teaching and research in the earth sciences by universities and associated bodies from all over the world. This field guide provides an up-to-date and integrated approach to the geology and geomorphology of Almeria Province, compiled by active scientific researchers in the region. The guide assumes a basic knowledge of geology and geomorphology and will be of interest to earth scientists at all levels from the keen amateur through to undergraduate/postgraduate students and academics visiting the region. The emphasis of the guide is initially to provide a general background to the area followed by a selection of more specialist trips which progressively explore the structure and development of the basins, the shallow marine sedimentation, the continental sedimentation and finally the uplift, dissection and geomorphic evolution of the sedimentary basins. This field guide provides the first widely published field guide on the Almeria Province and is unique in both its coverage and integrated earth science approach, providing a valuable support for both teaching and research in the region.
Contributors 1. Introduction To The Field Guide 2. Introduction To The Neogene Geology Of The Sorbas Basin Introduction Excursion: Transect Of The Sorbas Basin (One Day) Excursion: A Hike To Cantona Viewpoint (Half Day) 3. The Development Of The Neogene Basins Introduction The Basement Geology Of The Almeria Province Excursion: The Nevado-Filabride Basement Of The Sierra De Los Filabres (One Day) Volcanics Of The Almeria Province Excursions: The Calc-Alkaline Volcanics Of The Cabo De Gata (Half Day) Excursion: The Volcanics Of The Almeria And Vera Basins (Half Day) Tectonics And Sedimentation: The Evolving Turbidite Systems Of The Tabernas Basin Excursion: The Turbidites Of Tabernas (One Day) Plio/Pleistocene Regional Deformation Excursion: The Carboneras And Palomares Fault Zones (One Day) Excursion: The Sierra Cabrera Northern Boundary Fault And Adjacent Areas (Half Day) 4. Shallow Marine Sedimentation Introduction Excursion: Temperate Water Carbonates Of The Agua Amarga Basin (One Day) Excursion: Tropical Carbonates Of Nijar (One Day) Excursion: Tropical Carbonates Of Sorbas (One Day) Excursion: Evaporites And Stromatolites Of The Sorbas Basin (One Day) 5. Marine To Continental Transition Introduction Excursion: Late Pliocene Gilbert-Type Fan Deltas Of The Vera Basin (One Day) Excursion: Mio/Pliocene Marine To Continental Transition Of The Sorbas Basin (One Day) Excursion: Plio/Pleistocene Alluvial Environments Of The Sorbas And Vera Basins (One Day) 6. Uplift, Dissection And Landform Evolution: The Quaternary Introduction Excursion: Drainage Evolution And River Terraces Of The Sorbas Basin (One Day) Excursion: Geomorphology Of The Quaternary Alluvial Fans And Related Features Of The Tabernas Basin (One Day), Excursion: Badlands (One Day) Excursion: The Landforms Of The Coastal Zone (One Day) Appendix References Index
This is a very careful and full compilation, providing 350 pages of information and ideas, so it must not be dismissed as an ephemeral field guide. It represents the long-term collaboration of the editors from their bases in Plymouth, Liverpool and Granada, work that has been extending greatly our knoweldge of one of the most recently active areas of the European crust. Peter Friend, Geological Magazine, Vol 139, 2002