About the plate tectonic pattern of the Middle East

Salloum G. M. and Abu El-Leil I.: About the plate tectonic pattern of the Middle East. In: Acta mineralogica-petrographica, (25) 2. pp. 223-230. (1982)

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The area of the Middle East and specially the Gulf of Suez, Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea and Gulf of Aden are interesting from the tectonic point of view. The work presents the different theories formulated by many workers on this area, and gives new evidences and theory about the plate tectonics of the area under consideration based mainly upon the correlative studies of geographic continuity, petrography, geochemistry and structural trends. - The authors proposed the presence of three main tectonic plates, these are the African, Sinai (Levantine) and Arabian plates. The African plate tends to move in NW direction while the Arabian plate tends to move in NE direction. The dynamic resultant of these two (nearly perpendicular) trends was the separation of the Sinai plate. The geochronological events in the area were as follows: The presence of two major plates which are the African and Arabian, during the early Paleozoic, then the formation of the Gulf of Suez, which is dated back as Carboniferous or even older, then the opening of the Red Sea which actively take place during EoceneMiocene period and finally the formation of the Gulf of Aqaba which is proposed to be formed mainly during Pliocene.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Acta mineralogica-petrographica
Date: 1982
Volume: 25
Number: 2
ISSN: 0365-8066
Page Range: pp. 223-230
Language: English
Publisher: University of Szeged, Department of Mineralogy, Geochemistry and Petrology
Place of Publication: Szeged
Related URLs: http://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/39402/
Uncontrolled Keywords: Kőzettan, Ásványtan, Földtan
Additional Information: Bibliogr.: p. 229-230. ; ill. ; összefoglalás angol nyelven
Subjects: 01. Natural sciences
01. Natural sciences > 01.05. Earth and related environmental sciences
Date Deposited: 2016. Oct. 17. 09:25
Last Modified: 2022. Jul. 26. 08:06
URI: http://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/id/eprint/24704

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