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This chapter describes the geology of Georgia and the Georgian part of the Black Sea. It is based on geological maps and seismic interpretation, integrated with well data and outcrop studies. The geology of Georgia consists of two major thrust belts: the Greater Caucasus and the Achara-Trialet belt, separated by two foreland basins (Rioni and Kartli) with an intervening basement culmination, the Dziruli Massif. The Achara-Trialet belt comprises a thick Upper Cretaceous and Paleogene sequence that restores to a rift and postrift basin of probable Paleocene age, connecting to the Eastern Black Sea. The basin began to close by...

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