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Pár slov o geologii Madagaskaru

Pár slov o geologii Madagaskaru
Madagascar can be conveniently described as comprising two geological entities: the Precambrian crystalline formations (the 'crystalline basement') and the Phanerozoic, non-metamorphosed sedimentary formations (the 'sedimentary cover').
  1. Crystalline basement
    The crystalline basement of Madagascar is composed of three blocks:
    • Antongil block, comprising early Archaean granites, granodior ites, migmatites and gneisses exposed in the north-east and extreme north of the crystalline basement, and constituting the Bemarivo sheet.
    • Bekily block in the extreme south of the crystalline basement, to the south of Ranotsara structure. This is mainly composed of granulites and six magmatic belts chacterised by phlogopite mica.
    • Antananarivo block. This forms the remainder of the crystalline basement and comprises migma tites, gneisses and granitoids, and two schist belts - Tsaratanana and Itremo. Within the former, there are three greenstone belts, evident in the Maevatanana, Andriamena, Befandriana, Alaotra and Brickaville regions.

    There are two major fault systems: Betsimisaraka and Betsileo, and, in terms of the main structures, we should note:
    • Angavo-lfanadiana shear-zone.
    • Over-lapping fault structure of Bongolava-Ranotsara.
    • Three shear-zones in the south (Bekily,Tranomaro and Arnpanihy/Vohibory).

  2. Sedimentary cover
    The sedimentary cover is essentially confined to a western coastal portion, the extreme south of the island (in three areas:Ambilobe, Majunga and Morondava, the latter being a very small area close to the eastern coast); and areas of Neogene sediments away from the coast (including Ankay-Alaotra, Antanifotsy, Sambaina and Vinanikarena).


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