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International Congress about the study of the Neogene in the Atlantic margins

Manu Abad

on 3 December 2012

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Francisco Ruiz. ruizmu@uhu.es

Manuel Abad. manuel.abad@dgyp.uhu.es
Tatiana Izquierdo
Maria Luz González-Regalado
Antonio Toscano
Maria José Clemente Universidad de Huelva • Facultad de Ciencias Experimentales • Campus de El Carmen 21001• Huelva (Spain)
Tel.: (+34) 959219866 Fax: (+34) 959219440 • E-mail: RCANS_Huelva@uhu.es Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VRCANSCongress Twitter: @V_RCANScongress

The last 20 years have been an exciting period in the Neogene research on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. During this stage, the Regional Committee on Atlantic Neogene Stratigraphy (RCANS) has made intense efforts to organize international meetings and interim-colloquiums that help to establish bonds of cooperation and friendship between researchers from both sides of the Atlantic. This long road has gone through Portugal (1992), France (1994), Spain (1997), Morocco (2003) and Argentina (2008).

In 2012, RCANS commemorates its 20th anniversary by celebrating the V RCANS Congress in Huelva, Spain. The main topics include sea-level and climatic changes, the record of high-energy events (tsunamis, storms), high-resolution biostratigraphy, the last frontier of Neanderthals or the Neogene geological heritage.

Huelva is a paradise located in southwestern Spain where the Mediterranean climate and the Atlantic influence join in a geological and geographic space of unique beauty and color. This natural harmony has its maximum expression in the Doñana National Park, a Biosphere Reserve to be visited during this event.

Looking forward to seeing you in Huelva in 2013.

The Organizing Committee WELCOME Website: http://rcans.usal.es/ ORGANIZING COMMITTEE President Scientific and Technical Secretary Website: www.uhu.es/RCANS_Huelva
E-mail: rcans_huelva@dgyp.uhu.es CONTACT US: FOLLOW US: IMPORTANT DATES Anne-Marie BODERGAT. Université Lyon (France)
Juan Carlos BRAGA. Universidad de Granada (Spain)
Jorge CIVIS. Universidad de Salamanca (Spain)
Jose Angel GONZALEZ DELGADO Universidad de Salamanca (Spain)
Julio AGUIRRE. Universidad de Granada (Spain)
Hugo CORBI. Universidad de Alicante (Spain)
Ester FARINATI. Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Argentina)
Clive FINLAYSON. Gibraltar Museum (United Kingdom)
Joaquín RODRIGUEZ –VIDAL. Universidad de Huelva (Spain)
Luis Miguel CÁCERES. Universidad de Huelva (Spain)
Paulo LEGOINHA. Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal)
Joao PAIS. Universidad Nova de Lisboa (Portugal)
Fernando PÉREZ-VARELA. Universidad de Jaén (Spain)
Julio RODRÍGUEZ –LÁZARO. Universidad del País Vasco (Spain)
Josep TOSQUELLA. Universidad de Huelva (Spain)
Sérgio P. ÁVILA. Universidade dos Açores (Portugal)
Francisco SIERRO. Universidad de Salamanca (Spain)
Abdelkhalak BEN MOUSSA. Université Abdelmalek Essaadi (Maroc)
Maria da Conceição FREITAS. Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal) SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE V RCANS CONGRESS
Huelva, 24-26 September 2013 Huelva is 614 km from Madrid, 91 km from Seville and 112 km from Faro (Portugal) and has the option of rail services and coach/bus. Trains take less than 4 hours from Madrid (Atocha Station) and 1.5 hours from Seville (Santa Justa Station) while buses take 7.5 hours from Madrid (Sur Station), ~1.5 hours from Seville (Plaza de Armas) and 1.5 hours from Faro (Rodoviario de Faro Station).

Barajas International Airport
Most international flights arrive at Barajas and there are a number of ways to travel to Huelva. The cheapest is Socibus, which run 3 times per day. The journey takes ~7.5 hours and coaches depart from Sur Station what means you have to take the underground from the airport. If you arrive in the evening 2 of the coaches’ departures arrive in Huelva in the very early morning. Bookings can be made in advance. For those wishing to travel by train there are two options departing from Atocha Station which is connected either by bus or by underground with the airport. There you can choose from taking a direct train to Huelva which takes less than 4 hours or taking a High Speed Rail (AVE) to Seville (~2.5 hours) and commute to another train or bus to arrive to Huelva (see below). Bookings can be made in advance in Renfe.

Seville International Airport
There are a wider range of European services to Seville International Airport, most of which are provided by Iberia although low cost companies such as EasyJet or Ryanair also provide European services. There are regular buses from the airport to Seville city center; you can find all the information here. Once in Seville you can either take a train or a bus to Huelva, both take 1.5 hours (see below). Faro/Algarve International Airport

It is an alternative to Seville Airport and European services are provided mostly by TAP although as a touristic airport, several English and German companies as well as low cost companies also provide services. There are regular buses connecting the airport with Faro city center and from there it is possible to take a coach to Huelva that takes 1.5 hours. Bookings can be made in advance in Damas website or in EVA transports website.

Coach Travel from Seville

There are Damas coach services running every half an hour to Huelva from Sevilla Bus Station (1.5 hours). Tickets can be purchased in advance in their website.

Rail Travel from Seville
There are 3 trains per day from Seville (Santa Justa Station) to Huelva (1.5 hours). Tickets can be purchased in two months in advance in Renfe website.

It is possible to arrive to Huelva by car through the V Centenary Highway (A-49) that connects Seville with the Portuguese border where it becomes the Infante de Sagres Highway (S-30). Car park space availability in the hotels vary from those located in the city center that normally do not have parking services to those that charge you (10–18 € per night). The University Campus has a free parking space that closes at night. How to arrive to Huelva We will provide some basic tourist information on the registration desk in order that participants can visit some of the most interesting parts of Huelva and its province. Further information can be obtained from Tourist Information, Pz. de Las Monjas, s/n - Avda. Federico Molina, s/n.
Telf.: 959 251 218 or from the Huelva website:

http://www.turismohuelva.org/guiaprofesional/web/ TOURIST INFORMATION Doñana is located in Andalusia, in the provinces of Huelva and Seville, and covers 543 km² of which 135 km² are a protected area. The park is an area of marsh, shallow streams, and sand dunes in Las Marismas, the Guadalquivir River Delta region where it flows into the Atlantic Ocean. The original area was established in 1963 when the World Wildlife Fund joined with the Spanish government and purchased a section of marshes to protect it. There has been a constant threat to the eco-system, that of drainage of the marshes, the use of river water to boost agricultural production by irrigating land along the coast, and the expansion of tourist facilities.

In 1994 UNESCO designated the park a World Heritage Site. UNESCO has also recognised the park as a Biosphere reserve. It is a wetland of international importance on the list of the Ramsar Convention.

The park has a biodiversity that is unique in Europe, although there are some similarities to the Camargue, with which Doñana is twinned. Doñana contains a great variety of ecosystems and shelters wildlife including thousands of European and African migratory birds, fallow deer, Spanish red deer, wild boar, European badger, Egyptian mongoose, and endangered species such as the Spanish Imperial Eagle and Iberian Lynx. Huelva is a city in southwestern Spain, the capital of the province of Huelva in the autonomous region of Andalusia. It is located along the Gulf of Cadiz coast, at the confluence of the Odiel and Tinto rivers. According to the 2010 census, the city has a population of 149,410 inhabitants. The city has been inhabited since 3000 BC. From Guadiana on the border of Portugal to the Guadalquivir, the border of Cadiz, Seville there are 150 kms for fine sand beaches on the coastline of Huelva in Andalusia, Spain. The Atlantic Ocean of the Costa de la luz has wild beaches and crystal clear waters Geoturist in Doñana National Park LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN HUELVA!!! http://www.uhu.es/fexp/ th Call for abstracts Early registration Late registration V RCANS CONGRESS Expanded abstract
submission Acceptance of abstracts El Asperillo cliffs (Mazagón) Filedtrip. The geological events that shaped the Guadalquivir basin: A review of the basin history through eight snapshots The upper Neogene sedimentary history of the Guadalquivir Basin is characterized by the sedimentation of a wide variety of lithostratigraphic units in a foreland basin located between a passive margin (the Iberian Massif) to the North, and the active Betic Ranges to the South. In the western sector of the Guadalquivir Basin (Huelva and Seville provinces), the Neogene succession has been subdivided into four litostratigraphic units recording the progressive infilling of the basin. In this units are represented the complete history of this sector of the Iberian Peninsula during the last 8 Millions of year, from a marine seagate connecting the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, to the present configuration, with a big extension of salt marsh and dune fileds in the mouth of the river .
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