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The Central Pontides of northern Turkey is one of the best exposed seg-ments of the southern margin of Eurasia adjacent to the Tethys Ocean, at least from the Paleozoic onward, and its history can be taken as a guide to the tec-tonic evolution of the Pontides as a whole. A number of east-west-trending tectonic units record subduction-accretion and the growth of the south Eurasian margin. The Central Pontides also document Lower Cretaceous lithospheric extension related to opening of the Black Sea during the Late Mesozoic-Early Tertiary and a later active margin and collisional history.

Three time intervals exemplify the...

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