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U-Pb dating of detrital zircons separated from paragneiss of the Myrsini Crystalline Complex of eastern Crete yielded peaks in 207Pb/206Pb ages at 0.6, 0.8, 1.0, 2.0, and 2.5 Ga. A striking Mesoproterozoic age gap is present between 1.1 and 1.6 Ga. The new data are compatible with U-Pb zircon ages derived from surrounding crystalline complexes of the Cyclades, the Menderes Massif, Egypt, and the Levant. Possible provenances of the zircons of the eastern Mediterranean domains are the Sahara meta-craton, the Arabian-Nubian Shield, and the Kibaran belt of central Africa. Because the age spectra of the eastern Mediterranean...

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