The Mediterranean Sea, as its name implies, lies between the landmasses of Europe, Middle East, and Africa. It is vast and diverse, and has a rich and complicated geological history that is still not fully understood.

Hydrocarbons have been found and used on the shores of the Mediterranean for millennia. Oil and gas exploration and production have been moving progressively offshore, and several regions such as the Adriatic Sea, the Pelagian basin offshore Libya and Tunisia, and the offshore Nile delta have had established production for several decades (Fig. 1). But large parts of the Mediterranean, in particular...

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