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The Gulf of Odessa forms the northern rift and passive margin of the extensional Western Black Sea. The prerift comprises the Scythian Proterozoic to Triassic platform in the north (which dips gently southward) and, in the south, a Triassic-Early Jurassic back-arc basin that closed during the Middle Jurassic (Tavric-Kiire Series). Both of these units were covered by a Late Jurassic carbonate platform prior to the Aptian-Albian doming and rifting that preceded the opening of the Western Black Sea (Cenomanian). During the late Eocene to Oligocene, Aptian-Albian half-grabens suffered limited inversion related to closure of the Tethyan Ocean in Central...

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