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08 Jul 2020
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The enigmatic curvature of Central Iberia and its puzzling kinematics

Daniel Pastor-Galán, Gabriel Gutiérrez-Alonso, and Arlo B. Weil

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Pangea was assembled during Devonian to early Permian times and resulted in a large-scale and winding orogeny that today transects Europe, northwestern Africa, and eastern North America. This orogen is characterized by an S shape corrugated geometry in Iberia. This paper presents the advances and milestones in our understanding of the geometry and kinematics of the Central Iberian curve from the last decade with particular attention paid to structural and paleomagnetic studies.