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The Ligurian cycle has a duration approximately equivalent to Early Jurassic times. This major transgressive/regressive facies cycle is characterized by several rifting events that are related to the development of the Ligurian Tethys. Its onset is marked by the Early Cimmerian unconformity dated as latest Norian. Its end corresponds to the Mid-Cimmerian unconformity, dated as Late Toarcian (Stille, 1924), which preceded the late Aalenian major regression linked with tectonic uplift known in many areas of northern Europe. One result of this uplift phase was the coeval rapid and major subsidence phase that allowed the accumulation of thick successions in...

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