Sunday 3 January 2010

Terrane Map of Europe

For the first post of the year, I would like to include a link to an interesting map containing the major terranes of Europe, as it has been compiled by Martin S. Oczlon.

Martin has used more than 2600 references for this outstanding work, and you will appreciate that when you will see the detailed mapping labour.

From the website of the terrane map of Europe:

The aim of this map is to provide a view on the growth of Europe throughout its billions of years of evolution, applying a self-explanatory colour scheme. It is designed to allow also readers without much background on the geology of Europe to access the basic concepts on the assembly and accretionary history of the continent. At the same time, it provides in-depth information and key arguments for the various assignments.
Every part of the European crust with the same provenance, accreted at the same time or in one diachronous event, is given the same colour. Following Late Palaeozoic accretion of Gondwana-derived terranes, almost all of the crust that currently makes Europe was already assembled by ca. 280 million years. Therefore, terrane-description focuses mainly on their Palaeozoic and older pre-/syn-accretionary evolution. The younger sutures and ophiolite belts of southern Europe are the result of Meso-Cainozoic opening and closure of small oceanic basins within the previously accreted crust. These sutures are shown with a line-framework that outlines the boundaries of the major Alpine tectonic units.
For a better understanding of terrane-provenance, palaeogeographic reconstructions of Earth at 543, 444, 375, 299, and 195 million years are shown on the right-hand side of the map. Colours of the various palaeo-continents and terranes are the same as on the Terrane Map, allowing easy recognition of the past position of continental fragments that now form part of Europe.

And, before I forget it...

Happy 2010!!

(August'10 edition: links corrected to new address)


Unknown said...

I'm interested in this "Terrane map of Europe and I should like to use it in my lectures about the geology of Europe for older children and adults in our museum.
Unfortunately the link does not work.
Do you have perhaps the e-mailadress of Dr. Oczlo or another link?
Thank you, with greeting from the Netherlands, Joop de Regt

Jorge said...

Hi Joop,

Indeed, the address has changed. Thanks for the comment!

You can find it now here:

Fellippe R. Bione said...

Hello, I'm interested in this map too.

I'm working in the project of the new map of Gondwana and this "Terrane Map of Europe" seems really good to find gondwanan terranes rifted to Europe.

But the last adrress you posted ( apparently not working anymore too. I also googled for this map but I just found a simplified version of it, whithout coordinates and with a simplified legend.

Do you know if there is any other place where I can download the full version of this map?

Thank you for your attention.
Best regards.
Fellippe Roberto Bione