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The Andaman Sea evolved from near-pure extension (WNW–ESE) during the Late Palaeogene, to highly oblique extension (NNW–SSE) during the Neogene, to strike-slip-dominated deformation (Late Miocene–Recent). These changes in extension direction and deformation style probably reflect the switch from slab rollback-driven extension to India coupling with Myanmar and driving oblique extension/dextral strike-slip. The East Andaman, Mergui–North Sumatra and Martaban Shelf basins, along with the Alcock and Sewell rises and Central Andaman Basin (CAB), were all involved with this deformation which became increasingly focused on the CAB and the rises with time. Possible revisions to traditional models for the Andaman Sea...

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