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Atlas of Peri-Tethys Palaeogeographical Maps - digital

24 maps each with individual legend
Only available on digital version (format in eps, jpg, pdf and tiff), sent through a download link.
Explanatory notes, S. Crasquin, Coordinator
Editors: J. Dercourt, M. Gaetani, B. Vrielynck, E. Barrier, B. Biju-Duval, M.F. Brunet, J.P. Cadet, S. Crasquin and M. Sandulescu
Paris, 2000

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The result of an ambitious work carried out between 1994 and 199 with the sponsorship of 13 academic institutions and international industrial and oil companies under the general coordination of the University of Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC-Paris), the Atlas Peri-Tethys of Pelaeogeographical maps presents the palaeogeographic reconstructions of the Tethyan margins from Moscovian (Late Palaeozoic) to Late Glacial Maximum times. This work is the result of the contributions of more than 250 scientists from 30 countries and include papers from more than 1000 authors.

Content of the Atlas

The set is composed 24 maps at 1:10 000 000 scale —one for each of the following time slices and accompanied by a volume of Explanatory notes:

  • Moscovian
  • Artinskian
  • Wordian
  • Olenekian
  • Early Ladinian
  • Late Norian
  • Late Sinemurian
  • Middle Toarcian
  • Middle Callovian
  • Early Kimmeridgian
  • Early Tithonian
  • Hauterivian
  • Early Aptian
  • Late Cenomanian
  • Campanian
  • Late Tortonian
  • Piacenzian
  • Late Glacial Maximum
  • Late Maastrichtian
  • Middle Ypresian
  • Late Lutetian
  • Late Rupelian
  • Early Burdigalian
  • Early Langhian

The legend includes:

  • 16 depositional environments
  • 21 lithological symbols
  • special symbols (e.g. paleocoastlines, currents or turbiditic flow pathways)
  • water budget symbols (e.g. thermohaline convection with deep stagnation in isolated basins)
  • regional depocentral trends symbols
  • wind symbols
  • tectonic symbols


The Peri-Tethys spans over 300 Ma and depicts:

  • the evolution of the sedimentary areas linked to the extensive and subsequent compressive tectonics
  • the sedimentary deposits of eustatic origin
  • the basins related to the compression
  • the permanent emerged areas

In order to determine the events that took place during a short time slice (from 3 to 5 Ma), the realization of each map implied:

  • setting out precise chronostratigraphic scales, and more particularly palaeontological ones:
  • ascertaining stress regimes and establishing relevant interpretations within the plate tectonics frame, and
  • undertaking geodynamic analyses of the infilling and deformation of the main basins.


The Peri-Tethys Atlas allows:

  • examining climatic variations associated to the extent of epicontinental seas, to the evolution of reliefs and to their control of the facies (78 were distinguished of which 21 are of major importance);
  • determining the extent of the biotopes essential for understanding their palaeontological evolutions;
  • forecasting the behaviour and infilling characteristics of the sedimentary basins and
  • following up the tectonic evolution of the Peri-Tethyan platforms.


The complete list of the Peri-Tethys programme publications is downloadable here

Program sponsored by: AGIP, ARCO, BRGM, CHEVRON, CNRS-INSU, CONOCO, EAP (ELF), EXXON, IFP, SHELL, SONATRACH, TOTAL & UPMC.