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The indentation of Arabia has influenced the post-Oligocene evolution of the eastern Mediterranean–European region, from Anatolia to the Carpathians and even the central Mediterranean area, since the late Miocene. The efficient transmission of compressional stress from the Arabia-Eurasia collision zone into such a broad area was facilitated by the Tethyan orogenic belt, developed during the Late Cretaceous–Paleogene closure of the northern Neotethyan Ocean, and in particular by its strong inner metamorphic core. The lateral displacement of this orogenic belt, due to the push of Arabia, was progressively accommodated by bowing and extrusion of those sectors that faced low-buoyancy lithospheric domains....

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