Ophiolites and Pelagic Sediments in the Alpine Mediterranean Region

  1. Charles L. Drake
  1. Kenneth J. Hsü

Published Online: 21 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/SP005p0024

Geodynamics: Progress and Prospects

Geodynamics: Progress and Prospects

How to Cite

Hsü, K. J. (1976) Ophiolites and Pelagic Sediments in the Alpine Mediterranean Region, in Geodynamics: Progress and Prospects (ed C. L. Drake), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/SP005p0024

Author Information

  1. Geological Institute, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1976

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875902036

Online ISBN: 9781118664902



  • Alpine-Mediterranean region;
  • Ophiolites;
  • Pelagic sediments;
  • Radiolarites


Ophiolites, radiolarites, and pelagic limestones in the Alpine–Mediterranean region have been considered relics of ancient deep-sea floor ever since the turn of the century. However, this interpretation became widely accepted only after the innovation of the plate-tectonic theory. Considerable progress towards the understanding of their genesis has been made during the last decade after the recovery of numerous samples of pelagic sediments and ocean crust by the JOIDES deep-sea drilling cruises.