Revised stratigraphy of the Upper Cretaceous and Cenozoic series of Lebanon based on nannofossils
Carla Müller, Fathi Higazi, Walid Hamdan, Mustafpha Mroueh, 2010. "Revised stratigraphy of the Upper Cretaceous and Cenozoic series of Lebanon based on nannofossils", Evolution of the Levant Margin and Western Arabia Platform since the Mesozoic, C. Homberg, M. Bachmann
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The aim of these investigations was to revise the geological map of Lebanon. Calcareous nannofossils were studied from a predominantly marly Senonian–Maastrichtian and Cenozoic series. About 900 spot samples were collected from exposed strata. This lithologically homogenous stratigraphic interval is poorly subdivided on the existing geological maps. The present study allows the precise determination of hiatuses and tectonic events. Palaeocene, Upper Eocene, Upper Oligocene, and Lower Miocene units were identified for the first time in Lebanon.
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Evolution of the Levant Margin and Western Arabia Platform since the Mesozoic
This volume combines original data in various fields from the offshore Levant Basin and adjacent continental slopes and platforms. The first group of papers document the tectonic structures and sedimentological patterns associated with the development of the Levant Basin. They identify the successive rifting events from the Late Palaeozoic to the Early Cretaceous, followed by a moderate tectonic activity. The contribution of external factors like global sea-level and climate changes to the sedimentation processes during the Mid-Cretaceous is discussed in the second set of papers. The final group presents new kinematics and age constraints on the Late Cretaceous to Neogene tectonic phases and discusses the relationship of the structures with the closure of the Neo-Tethys and separation of the Arabia plate. This collection of research papers demonstrates new concepts on the opening and crustal thinning of the Levant Basin and gives updated interpretations of the latter tectonic structures of the Levant.