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Six new reconstructions illustrate the evolution of back-arc basins in the Black Sea–Caucasus region from the Mid-Triassic to the end of the Mid-Jurassic. The c. 2000 km long Tauric (Küre) basin opened in the Late Permian–Early Triassic as the Pontides–Transcaucasus and Rhodope microcontinents rifted from the Eurasian margin. The oceanic floor of the Tauric basin in the Mid-Triassic was at least 300 km wide. In the east the basin closed near the present-day Caspian Sea and to the west of the West Crimea transform it split into two branches to the south and north of the Moesian platform. The...

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