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Three minor thrust belts are abruptly terminated at the Balkan coast of the Black Sea: the Strandzhides of Thrace and Bulgaria, the Balkanides of central Bulgaria, and the North Dobrogea belt of Romania.

The Strandzhides are the eastern external zones of the Rhodope Massif and were the site of a south-facing continental margin that started as a pas-sive margin in the Triassic, but soon became active. The major compression was in the Late Jurassic, and the belt is made up of at least four large thrust nappes, with large displacements. The foreland basin, if it exists at all, is...

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