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An overview of Mediterranean Ridge collisional accretionary complex as deduced from multichannel seismic data
Mascle, J.; Chaumillon, E. (1998). An overview of Mediterranean Ridge collisional accretionary complex as deduced from multichannel seismic data. Geo-Mar. Lett. 18(2): 81-89
In: Geo-Marine Letters. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 0276-0460, more
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Keywords
    Crustal structure; Diverging plate boundaries; Marine environment; Mud; Reviews; Reviews; Reviews; Seismic studies; Seismology; Structural geology; Tectonics; Trenches (pipelines); Volcanoes; Marine

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  • Mascle, J.
  • Chaumillon, E.

Abstract
    The Mediterranean Ridge (eastern Mediterranean) is a large accretionary complex that results from the Africa-Europe-Aegean plates convergence. Multichannel seismic data, combined with previous results showed that the ridge comprises distinct major structural domains facing different forelands: (1) An outer domain is bounded to the south by the ridge toe. Underneath the Ionian and Levantine outer Ridge, Messinian evaporites act as a major decollement level. (2) An axial, or crestal, ridge domain with mud diapiric and mud volcano activity is bounded to the north by backthrust. (3) A less tectonized inner Ridge domain, possibly a series of former forearc basins, abuts the Hellenic Trench. The ridge displays strong along-strike variations. These variations can be interpreted as consequences of an ongoing collision against the Libyan continental promontory.

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