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Tectonic evolution, collision, and seismicity of southwest Asia: An introduction

Rasoul Sorkhabi
Rasoul Sorkhabi
University of Utah, Energy & Geoscience Institute, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108, USA
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December 21, 2017
20 November 201701 December 2017

The whole southern border of Eurasia advances in a series of great folds towards Indo-Africa; these folds lie side by side in closely syntactic arcs, and for long distances they are overthrust to the south against the Indo-African table-land… This circumstance distinctly indicates that the folding of the uppermost part of the Earth’s mass is, under certain conditions, only the expression of a forced adaptation… A great part of this folding is of recent age, or has been continued into very recent times; it is not certain that the movement has ended.

—Eduard Suess (1904), The Face of the Earth, vol. 1, p. 596–597

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Tectonic Evolution, Collision, and Seismicity of Southwest Asia: In Honor of Manuel Berberian’s Forty-Five Years of Research Contributions

Geological Society of America
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