We present a new approach to the structural and tectonic analysis of the Tyrrhenian ? Apennine system since the early Burdigalian, based on a non-rigid plate kinematics approach. This approach allows to determine finite rotations for the tectonic blocks involved in the evolution of the Apennine chain, though in a framework that allows finite strain of the tectonic elements during their rotation. The method has allowed to give a quantitative rigorous explanation of the transverse structures of the mountain belt.
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