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This chapter presents schematic reconstructions of the Black Sea region in Triassic to Cretaceous time. The tectonic evolution of the region during this time was controlled by the northward subduction of the Tethys oceanic plate. The ocean is now closed at a suture extending from Romania to the Aegean and through the whole length of northern Turkey to Iran. The overriding European plate was alternately subjected to extensional and compressive deformation and arc magmatism, resulting in a zone of considerable structural and Stratigraphie complexity The present Western Black Sea opened in the mid-Cretaceous as the microplate comprising what is...

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