Tectonic Development of the Eastern Mediterranean Region
The Eastern Mediterranean region is a classic area for the study of tectonic processes and settings related to the development of the Tethyan orogenic belt. The present set of research and synthesis papers by Earth scientist from countries in this region and others provides an up-to-date, interdisciplinary overview of the tectonic development of the Eastern Mediterrenean region from Precambrian to Recent. Key topics include continental rifting, ophiolite genesis and emplacement, continental collision, extensional tectonics, crustal exhumation and intraplate deformation (e.g. active faulting). Alternative tectonic reconstructions of the Tethyan orogen are presented and discussed, with important implications for other regions of the world. The book will be an essential source of information and interpretation for academic researchers (geologists and geophysicists), advanced undergraduates and also for industry professionals, including those concerned with hydrocarbons, minerals and geological hazards (e.g. earthquakes).
Palaeomagnetic insights into the evolution of Neotethyan oceanic crust in the eastern Mediterranean
Published:January 01, 2006
Antony Morris, Mark W. Anderson, Jennifer Inwood, Alastair H. F. Robertson, 2006. "Palaeomagnetic insights into the evolution of Neotethyan oceanic crust in the eastern Mediterranean", Tectonic Development of the Eastern Mediterranean Region, A. H. F. Robertson, D. Mountrakis
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A synopsis of palaeomagnetic data from three Late Cretaceous eastern Mediterranean Tethyan ophiolites (Troodos, Hatay and Baër–Bassit) and their sedimentary cover sequences is presented. These data provide valuable insights into the role of regional- and local-scale tectonic rotations in the geodynamic evolution of Neotethyan oceanic crust. The geologically earliest phases of tectonic rotation are documented in the Troodos ophiolite, where rotations around both subvertical and subhorizontal axes are readily related to the development of the spreading fabrics and structures during crustal genesis. Subsequent c. 74° anticlockwise intra-oceanic rotation of a ‘Troodos microplate’ has been quantified through analysis of the...