Galve, J. P., Pérez-Peña, J. V., Azañón, J. M., Insua Pereira, D. M., Cunha, P. P., Pereira, P., Ortuño, M., Viaplana-Muzas, M., Gracia Prieto, F. J., Remondo, J., Jabaloy, A., Bardají, T., Silva, P. G., Lario, J., Zazo, C., Goy, J. L., Dabrio, C. J., & Cabero, A. (2020). Active Landscapes of Iberia BT - The Geology of Iberia: A Geodynamic Approach: Volume 5: Active Processes: Seismicity, Active Faulting and Relief (C. Quesada & J. T. Oliveira (eds.); pp. 77–124). Springer International Publishing.


The recent geodynamic evolution of Iberia is recorded in its topography. Geomorphic markers and their dating; morphometric indices estimated through cutting-edge DEM analysis techniques; and the link of all this data with results of geophysical studies allow discussing why Iberia displays the highest average elevation in Europe and shows a particular topography with such diversity of landscapes. For example, the region of the Iberian (or Hesperian) Massif, the western sector of Iberia, shows an anomalous average elevation without a satisfactory explanation. On the other hand, different explanations about the recent evolution of the Alpine mountain ranges of the eastern sector of Iberia have come to light after macroscale landscape analyses. This is strengthening the debate on the driving force behind the actual topography of the Pyrenees, Cantabrian Mountains, Iberian Chain and Betics.

Original article

We use cookies to improve our website and your experience when using it. Cookies used for the essential operation of this site have already been set. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.

  I accept cookies from this site.
EU Cookie Directive plugin by