Outlines problems relating to the structure and the Cretaceous-Oligocene stratigraphy of the coastal ranges (and intervening basin) bordering the Mediterranean in the Middle East. The ranges are blockfaulted massifs characterized by the juxtaposition and superposition of two types of structures--fractures related to deep-seated Jurassic formations and folds associated with Cretaceous strata. Uplift of the massifs subsequent to transgression of the Cretaceous sea is considered to have been caused by extensive subsidence of adjacent blocks now submerged in the Mediterranean.

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