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Monte Alpi represents the only area of the southern Apennines where Apulian carbonates, elsewhere buried beneath a several-km thick allochthon, are exposed at the surface. These rocks also represent the reservoir interval in southern Italy's major oil fields. The tectonic evolution of this substantially exhumed area of the fold-and-thrust belt, derived from conventional structural and stratigraphic considerations via integration into the regional framework, has been tested and detailed by the analysis of vitrinite reflectance, clay mineralogy, apatite fission track, and fluid inclusion data.

The Apulian carbonates of Monte Alpi underwent significant tectonic burial as a result of thin-skinned thrusting in...

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