This is a thematic volume of 13 papers, nine of them by French first authors, many of whom were associated with a research consortium funded by oil companies in the period 2003–2006. The first decade of this millennium saw a step change in the understanding of Iran's geological and tectonic history, brought about by the steadily increasing accessibility of the country after two decades of post-revolution isolation and by the application of new technology and understanding developed elsewhere to throw light on some of Iran's classical geological problems. Few are more classical, or more important, than the development and structure...

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