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Tectonic Evolution of the Mediterranean Basins

  • Kenneth J. Hsü

Abstract

Compared to the Atlantic Ocean, the opposite shores of which fit together almost perfectly, the Mediterranean is more complex, being bounded on the north by three peninsulas which run at right angles to the trend of the sea. To make matters worse, the Mediterranean Ridge has proved to be a compres-sional feature quite distinct from a normally extensional mid-ocean ridge. One can hardly postulate a simple splitting apart of the adjacent continents to account for the origin of this inland sea. Unlike the Pacific Ocean, with its circumoceanic orogenic system, the Mediterranean is not rimmed on all sides by coastal mountains. Thus, we cannot invoke circum-Mediterranean subduction to explain the genesis of the Mediterranean.

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Mediterranean Basin Late Miocene Tectonic Evolution Abyssal Plain Sialic Crust 
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  • Kenneth J. Hsü
    • 1
  1. 1.Geological InstituteETH ZurichSwitzerland

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