Geological history and structure of Europe

The Geochemical Atlas of Europe contains a nice short overview of the continent's geological and tectonic framework (PDF) and subsequent Tertiary and Quaternary landscape evolution (PDF).

The “terrane collage” of Precambrian and Phanerozoic Europe.

The “terrane collage” of Precambrian and Phanerozoic Europe. (From the Geochemical Atlas of Europe.)

For more information on the structure, there's a slightly more detailed variant of the map with explanations from Christian Röhr's Upper Rhine Graben site (sorry, German only) and the Terrane Map of Europe by Martin Oczlon.

You also might want to have a look at the International Geological Map of Europe and Adjacent Areas (IGME 5000). Besides the printed copy, it's available as a graphics file (sadly, not in very high resolution) and an “online GIS” at the BGR's IGME site.

The International Geological Map of Europe and Adjacent Areas (IGME 5000).

The International Geological Map of Europe and Adjacent Areas (IGME 5000).

Comments 2

  1. Silver Fox 7 ⟨ 14 Feb 2009, 03:08 AM | #  ⟩

    These are great maps to know about - thanks for posting about them!

  2. fj 229 ⟨ 17 Feb 2009, 10:50 PM | #  ⟩

    I'm glad you liked it. I have found some more small-scale geological maps in the meantime and might post about them soon.

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