Tectonic development of the levant continental margin, eastern Mediterranean

Uri Schattner, Zvi Ben-Avraham

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The fate of the Mediterranean basin is known in advance. Nestled in the midst of Africa-Eurasia convergence it is progressively shriveling and will eventually vanish. Throughout their evolution, basin margins record these dramatic events. Normally, after continental breakup, margin formation, and sediment accumulation, tectonics relax and the margins become passive for millions of years. However, now the final convergence is at the gate, the passive days of the Levant margin are soon to be over. Its northern segment has already been re-activated. This paper depicts the tectonic history of the Levant margin from its formation to its reactivation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLife in the Mediterranean Sea
Subtitle of host publicationA Look at Habitat Changes
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781612096445
StatePublished - 2012


  • Continental margin
  • Marine geophysics
  • Tectonics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science


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