The Levantine Countries: The Geology of Syria and Lebanon (Maritime Regions)

  • Ziad R. Beydoun


Syria and Lebanon occupy the northern part of the Levant, bordering the eastern side of the Mediterranean Sea. Syria has an area of 184,920 km2 and extends, at its widest in the north, from the Mediterranean Sea eastward to longitude 42°24′E, a distance of about 600 km. Lebanon has an area of 10,400 km2 and lies immediately south of maritime Syria, separating southern Syria from the Mediterranean. At its widest point the east—west distance across Lebanon is 90 km (Fig. 1). The areas of Syria and Lebanon under discussion here are limited to the maritime regions of the two countries and comprise the continental shelf, coastal region, and bordering mountain ranges. The eastern limit of the area is taken at the Ghab and Bekaa structural depressions, bordering the coastal mountain ranges inland and constituting a northward extension of the Jordan-Dead Sea-Aqaba rift system.


Continental Slope Marine Terrace Maritime Region Coastal Mountain Range Clay Marl 
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  • Ziad R. Beydoun
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  1. 1.Department of GeologyAmerican University of BeirutBeirutLebanon

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