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Title: A sedimentação e a gliptogénese no registo cenozóico continental do Minho (NW Portugal)
Authors: Alves, M. I. C.
Pereira, D. I.
Keywords: Pliocene
NW Portugal (Minho)
exorheic network
Issue Date: 28-Dec-2010
Abstract: This study identifies and describes the major Cenozoíc glyptogenesis and sedimentation episodes in the Minho region (NW Portugal). The fluvial processes of exorheic network were mainly the builders of Cenozoic landscape. This paper presents a chronological sequence of the major fluvial events based on geomorphology and sedimentary characteristics obtained in former studies and new ones. The oldest Cenozoic sedimentation (Placencian) remains on local depressions and was generated by fluvial and fluvio-lacustrine processes. Quaternary glyptogenesis begins probably with a major European cooling (Gunz?). So, the Placencian infilling was eroded and a new episode of sedimentation was accumulated in the same early paleovalley. There were three more cycles of quaternary glyptogenesis and sedimentation. The last glyptogenesis episode records the last glacial period. The post-glacial alluvion contains clasts of granites, schists, feldspats, and other alterable lithologies and minerals; on clay dimensions there are abundant illite and interstratified minerals. This composition differs from the older ones, more siliciclastic and kaolinitic. Other minor erosion episodes were identified, controlled manly by eustasy; evidences of tectonic movements were observed only in rio Minho valley.
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