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Tectonic Evolution, Collision, and Seismicity of Southwest Asia

Boulder, Colo., USA: Southwest Asia is one of the most remarkable regions on Earth in terms of active faulting and folding, large-magnitude earthquakes, volcanic landscapes, petroliferous foreland basins, historical civilizations, and geologic outcrops that display the protracted and complex 540-million-year stratigraphic record of Earth’s Phanerozoic Era.

Emerged from the birth and demise of the Paleo-Tethys and Neo-Tethys oceans, southwest Asia is currently the locus of ongoing tectonic collision between the Eurasia-Arabia continental plates. The region is characterized by the high plateaus of Iran and Anatolia fringed by the lofty ranges of Zagros, Alborz, Caucasus, Taurus, and Pontic mountains; the region also includes the strategic marine domains of the Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Caspian, and Mediterranean.

This 19-chapter volume, published in honor of Manuel Berberian, a preeminent geologist from the region, brings together a wealth of new data, analyses, and frontier research on the geologic evolution, collisional tectonics, active deformation, and historical and modern seismicity of key areas in southwest Asia. The volume editor is Rasoul Sorkhabi of the University of Utah.

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Tectonic Evolution, Collision, and Seismicity of Southwest Asia: In Honor of Manuel Berberian's Forty-Five Years of Research Contributions
Edited by Rasoul Sorkhabi
Geological Society of America Special Paper 525
SPE525, 675 p., $120.00; GSA member price $84.00
ISBN 978-0-8137-2525-3
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