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The Western Anatolia extended terrane in Turkey is bounded by the North Anatolian fault zone to the north, the Lycian nappes to the south. It contains the Menderes massif, one of the post-collisional Alpine metamorphic core complexes. Field data and available radiometric ages suggest that the north-directed Cenozoic extension in the terrane is the product of three consecutive, uninterrupted stages, and that it is still continuing today. The first stage was initiated in the Late Oligocene along a north-dipping extensional simple-shear zone with a listric geometry at depth. The shear zone is named here as the Southwest Anatolian shear zone...

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