U. Ring & T. C. Brachert write: In their recent paper ten Veen & Kleinspehn (2003) proposed that the western Messara graben of central Crete underwent transtensional deformation since about 3.4 Ma. Transtension is supposed to be dominantly resolved along 070°-striking sinistral faults and that the 070°-striking faults have strike-slip:normal-slip ratios of 10–100:1. Ten Veen & Kleinspehn (2003) then use their results from the western Messara graben to propose that sinistral transtension should represent tectonic escape of central and eastern Crete during incipient collision of the Libyan passive margin. The interpretation of the kinematic data on which ten Veen &...

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