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Douwe van Hinsbergen
Dr. D. van Hinsbergen
Paleomagnetic Laboratory
Fort Hoofddijk

Now at
Center for Advanced Study
Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Drammensveien 78
NO-0271 Oslo, Norway

Phone +47 22856487

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Research of Douwe van Hinsbergen

Exhumation with a twist: the evolving anatomy of
a metamorphic core complex
Douwe's main research interest interest focusses on the evolution of the architecture of orogens. It is his belief that the only way of achieving a reliable picture of the development of mountain ranges is to incorporate all fields of Earth sciences.
He has therefore never chosen a single direction, but aimed to be all-round. Both in Greece (PhD study) and in Mongolia, Turkey, Cuba, Bulgaria (postdoc position), he has combined sedimentology, stratigraphy, structural geology, metamorphism, geochemistry, volcanology, paleontology and paleomagnetism, combined, of course, with the wealth of information on these and other topics in literature.
In his new NWO (VENI) project on Turkey - with a focus on the Menderes metamorphic core complex - he will follow the same approach. Metamorphic core complexes are among the most spectacular aspects of continental dynamics. They result from long-distance displacement along crust-penetrating extensional detachment faults and their formation is the most effective way to accommodate large-scale extension of continental crust. So far, their development in 3D has not been taken into account. The project aims to reconstruct crust deformation associated with core complex formation in three dimensions, for the first time focussing on lateral strain variation, through a multidisciplinary approach that unravels transcrustal motion in three-dimensions by monitoring horizontal and vertical motion during exhumation.
Transcrustal vertical motions will be reconstructed by constraining the decompression and cooling history of syn-exhumational granite bodies, through integrated geochronology and petrology. Differential horizontal motions lead to vertical axis rotations, which can be detected through paleomagnetic techniques. Laterally discontinuous core complexes are well described in the continental domains of Greece and western Turkey. 
Of these, the Menderes core complex of western Turkey forms a state-of-the-art test case: its structure is well-studied, syn-exhumational granite bodies are present and both within and outside the Menderes core complex, syn-exhumational sedimentary basins are present, that allow monitoring horizontal (rotational) motions of the earth’s surface during exhumation. 
A) Geologic map of western Turkey and eastern Greece. See inset for location in regional context.  B) Simplified cross-section P-P’
The proposed research thus addresses fundamental questions of continental dynamics and provides key boundary conditions for 3D evolution of continental crust through time during extension and exhumation.
Douwe carried out his PhD research at the department of Stratigraphy and Paleontology of Utrecht University (the Netherlands). The research topic was the reconstruction of the tectonic history of the Aegean region (Greece) since the Oligocene. He carried out fieldwork in the sedimentary basins and underlying basement of the external Hellenides (from Albania, via the Peloponnesos and Crete to Rhodos). The results have been or are being published (see Publications below).
During his postdoc position at the University of Leicester, Douwe studied Mongolia. A first field trip was carried out to reconstruct the Mesozoic tectonic history of the Gobi Altai region in southern Mongolia. In the Cenozoic, the region was deformed into high, narrow ridges and wide valleys, as a result of transpressional strike-slip activity. Along these ridges, Mesozoic sediments and volcanics crop out. 

Integrated stratigraphy, sedimentology, structural geology and volcanic geochemistry will be applied to reconstruct the preceding geologic history.


publications Publications of Douwe van Hinsbergen


  • Dupont-Nivet, G., van Hinsbergen, D.J.J. and Torsvik, T.H. (2010). Persistently shallow paleomagnetic inclinations in Asia: tectonic implications for the Indo-Asia collision, Tectonics, 29, TC5016 
  • Dupont-Nivet, G., Lippert, P., van Hinsbergen, D.J.J. Meijers, M.J.M. and Kapp, P. (2010). Paleolatitude and age of the Indo-Asia collision: paleomagnetic constraints, Geophysical Journal International, Geophys. J,. Int., 182, 1189-1198. 
  • Köhler, C.M.,  Krijgsman, W., Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Heslop, D. and Dupont-Nivet, G. (2010). Concurrent tectonic and climatic changes recorded in upper Tortonian sediments from the eastern Mediterranean, Terra Nova, 22, 52-63. 
  • Ganerød, M., Smethurst, M.A., Torsvik, T.H., Prestvik, T., Rousse, S., McKenna, C., Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J. and Hendriks, B.H.W. (2010). The North Atlantic Igneous Province reconstructed and its relation to the Plume Generation Zone: The Antrim Lava Group revisited, Geophysical Journal International, 182, 183-202. 
  • Meijers, M.J.M., Kaymakci, N., Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Langereis, C.G., Stephenson, R.A. and Hippolyte, J.-C.  (2010). Late Cretaceous to Paleocene oroclinal bending in the Central Pontides (Turkey), Tectonics, 29, TC4016, doi:10.1029/2009TC002620. 
  • Meijers, M.J.M., Hamers, M.F., Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Van der Meer, D.G., Kitchka, A., Langereis, C.G. and Stephenson, R.A. (2010). New late Paleozoic paleopoles from the Donbas Foldbelt (Ukraine): implications for the Pangea A vs. B controversy, Earth and  Planetary Science Letters, 297, 18-33. 
  • Meijers, M.J.M., Langereis, C.G., van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Kaymakci, N., Stephenson, R.A. and Altiner, D. (2010). Jurassic-Cretaceous low paleolatitudes from the circum-Black Sea region (Crimea and Pontides) due to true polar wander, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 296, 210-226 
  • Meijers, M.J.M , Vrouwe, B., Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Kuiper, K.F., Wijbrans, J. , Davies, G.R., Stephenson, R.A., Kaymakci, N., Matenco, L. and Saintot, A. (2010). Jurassic arc volcanism on Crimea (Ukraine): implications for the paleo-subduction zone configuration of the Black Sea region, Lithos, 119, 412-426. 
  • Van der Meer, D.G., Spakman, W., Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Amaru, M. and Torsvik, T.H. (2010). Towards absolute plate motions constrained by lower-mantle slab remnants, Nature Geoscience, 3, 36-40. 
  • Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J. (2010). A key extensional metamorphic complex reviewed and restored: the Menderes Massif of western Turkey, Earth Science Reviews, 101, 60-76 
  • Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Dekkers, M.J., and Koç, A. (2010). Testing Miocene remagnetization of Bey Daglari: Timing and amount of Neogene rotations in SW Turkey, Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences, 19, 123-156. 
  • Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J.  Dekkers, M.J., Bozkurt, E. and Koopman, M. (2010). Exhumation with a twist: paleomagnetic constraints on the evolution of the Menderes metamorphic core complex (western Turkey), Tectonics, 29,TC3009 
  • Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Kaymakci, N., Spakman, W. and Torsvik, T.H. (2010). Reconciling the geological history of western Turkey with plate circuits and mantle tomography, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 297, 674-686. 
  • Gong, Z., Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Vissers, R.L.M. and Dekkers, M.J. (2009). Early Cretaceous syn-rotational extension in the Organyà basin: new constraints on the palinspastic position of Iberia during its rotation, Tectonophysics, 473, 312-323. 
  • Gong, Z., van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Dekkers, M.J. (2009). Diachronous pervasive remagnetization in northern Iberian basins during Cretaceous rotation and extension, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 284, 292-301. 
  • Hüsing, S.K., Zachariasse, W.J., Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Krijgsman, W., Inceöz, M., Harzhauser, M., Mandic, O. and Kroh, A. (2009).  Oligo-Miocene foreland basin evolution in SE Anatolia: implications for the closure of the eastern Tethys gateway, In: Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Edwards, M.A. and Govers, R. (editors), Geodynamics of Collision and Collapse at the Africa-Arabia-Eurasia subduction zone, Geological Society of London Special Publication, 311, 107-132. 
  • Tirel, C., Gautier, P., Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J. and Wortel, M.J.R. (2009). Sequential development of metamorphic core complexes: numerical scenarios and comparison to the Cyclades, Greece, in: van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Edwards, M.A. and Govers, R. (editors), Geodynamics of Collision and Collapse at the Africa-Arabia-Eurasia subduction zone, Geological Society of London Special Publication, 311, 257-292. 
  • Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Edwards, M.A. and Govers, R., 2009, Geodynamics of collision and collapse at the Africa-Arabia-Eurasia subduction zone - an introduction, in: van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Edwards, M.A. and Govers, R. (editors), Collision and Collapse at the Africa-Arabia-Eurasia Subduction Zone, Geological Society of London Special Publication  311, 1-7. 
  • Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Boekhout, F. (2009). Neogene brittle detachment faulting on Kos (E Greece): implications for a southern break-away fault of the Menderes metamorphic core complex (western Turkey) in: van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Edwards, M.A. and Govers, R. (editors), Geodynamics of Collision and Collapse at the Africa-Arabia-Eurasia subduction zone, Geological Society of London Special Publication,  311, 311-320. 
  • van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Iturralde-Vinent, M.A., van Geffen, P.W.G., García-Casco, A. and van Benthem, S. (2009). Structure of the accretionary prism, and the evolution of the Paleogene northern Caribbean subduction zone in the region of Camagüey, Cuba: Journal of Structural Geology, 31, 1130-1144. 
  • Biggin, A.J., Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Langereis, C.G., Straathof, G.B. and Deenen, M.H.L. (2008). Geomagnetic secular variation in the Cretaceous Normal Superchron and in the Jurassic, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter., 169, 3-19    
  • Iturralde-Vinent, M.A., Díaz Otero, C., García-Casco, A. and van Hinsbergen, D.J.J. (2008). Paleogene foreland basin deposits of North-Central Cuba: A record of arc-continent collision between the Caribbean and North American plates, International Geology Review, 50, 863-884 
  • Köhler, C.M., Heslop, D., Dekkers, M.J., Krijgsman, W., van Hinsbergen, D.J.J. and von Dobeneck, T. (2008). Tracking provenance change during the late Miocene in the eastern Mediterranean using geochemical and environmental parameters, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 9, Q12018, doi:10.1029/2008GC002127 
  • Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Dupont-Nivet, G., Nakov, R., Oud, K. and Panaiotu, C. (2008). No significant post-Eocene rotation of the Moesian Platform and Rhodope (Bulgaria): implications for the kinematic evolution of the Carpathian and Aegean arcs: Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 273, 345-358.  
  • Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Straathof, G.B., Kuiper, K.F. Cunningham, W.D. and Wijbrans, J. (2008). No vertical axis rotations during transpressional orogeny in the NE Gobi Altai: coinciding Mongolian and Eurasian early Cretaceous apparent polar wander paths, Geophys. J. Int., 173, 105-126. 
  • Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Zachariasse, W.J. and Fortuin, A.R. (2008). Comment on ‘Tectono-sedimentary evolution of lower to middle Miocene half-graben basins related to an extensional detachment fault (western Crete, Greece)’ by M. Seidel, E. Seidel and B. Stöckhert, Terra Nova, 20, 414-416  Reply to comment by Seidel et al. (2008), Terra Nova, 20, 417-418 
  • Zachariasse, W.J., Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J. and Fortuin, A.R. (2008). Mass wasting and uplift on Crete and Karpathos (Greece) during the early Pliocene related to beginning of south Aegean left-lateral strike slip tectonics, Geol. Soc. of Amer.  Bull., 120, 976-993. 
  • Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Krijgsman, W., Langereis, C.G., Cornée, J.-J., Duermeijer, C.E. and van Vugt, N. (2007). Discrete Plio-Pleistocene phases of tilting and counterclockwise rotation in the southeastern Aegean arc (Rhodos; Greece): early Pliocene formation of the south Aegean left-lateral strike-slip system, Journal of the Geological Society of London 164, 1133-1144
  • Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., and Meulenkamp, J.E. (2006). Neogene supradetachment basin development on Crete (Greece) during exhumation of the South Aegean core complex, Basin Research, 18, 103-124. Supplements
  • Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Van der Meer, D.G., Zachariasse, W.J. and Meulenkamp, J.E. (2006). Deformation of western Greece during Neogene clockwise rotation and collision with Apulia, Int. J. Earth Sci.,  95(3), 463-490. 
  • Jordan, G., Meininger, B.M.L., Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Meulenkamp, J.E., and Van Dijk, P.M. (2005) Extraction of morphotectonic features from DEMs: development and applications for study areas in Hungary and NW Greece, International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 7 (3), 163-182. 
  • Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Hafkenscheid, E., Spakman, W., Meulenkamp, J.E., and Wortel, M.J.R. (2005). Nappe stacking resulting from subduction of oceanic and continental lithosphere below Greece, Geology, 33(4), 325-328. 
  • Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Kouwenhoven, T.J., and Van der Zwaan, G.J. (2005). Paleobathymetry in the backstripping procedure: Correction for oxygenation effects on depth estimates: Palaeogeog. Palaeoclimat. Palaeoecol., 221(3-4), 245-265Supplements
  • Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Langereis, C.G., and Meulenkamp, J.E. (2005). Revision of the timing, magnitude and distribution of Neogene rotations in the western Aegean region, Tectonophysics, 396, 1-34
  • Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Zachariasse, W.J., Wortel, M.J.R. and Meulenkamp, J.E., 2005, Underthrusting and exhumation: A comparison between the External Hellenides and the 'hot' Cycladic and 'cold' South Aegean core complexes (Greece), Tectonics, 24 (2), TC2011, doi:10.1029/2004TC001692 


  • Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J. (2004). The evolving anatomy of a collapsing orogen (PhD Thesis Utrecht University), Geologica Ultraiectina, 243, 280pp. 
  • Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Snel, E., Garstman, S.A., Marunteanu, M. , Langereis, C.G., Wortel, M.J.R. and Meulenkamp, J.E. (2004). Vertical motions in the Aegean volcanic arc: evidence for rapid subsidence preceding volcanic activity on Milos and Aegina, Mar. Geol., 209, 329-345.