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Published by way of the yank Geophysical Union as a part of the Geodynamics Series.

The ultimate record on geodynamic study within the Alpine-Mediterranean zone will be incomplete with no short historic caricature at the constitution and actions of ICG-Working team three. it's going to even be looked an appreciation to the participants and sponsors of the operating workforce who've taken, over decades, an energetic half within the lifetime of the operating team and thereby contributed to the amazing growth in our wisdom and knowing of the geological evolution of this advanced quarter.


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Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Stuttgart, 1978. , Ophiolites. Springer Verlag, Ber- lin, 1977. , The myth of a vast oceanic Tethys, the India-Asia problem and earth expansion. J. Petrol. , 2, 3-9, 1979. -Mijn. , Geol. , 26, 79-104, 1969. -F. , Modele d'evolution Mesozoique de la paleomarge tethysienne au niveau des nappes radiolaritiques et ophiolitiques au Taurus Lycien, d'Antalya et du Baer-Bassit. In BijuDuval, B. & Montadert, L. (eds) 'Structural history of the Mediterranean basins', Editions Technip• Paris, 79-94, 1977.

A problem common to all Tethyan orogens but particularly acute in the Hellenides and Taurides, is the location of root zones for major allochthonous sheets. Those allochthons that are ophiolitic must root in what were once oceanic areas. One hypothesis suggests that they were all derived from one linear root zone now marked by the Vardar Zone in Greece and continuing eastward through central Anatolia into Iran; along a line that is approximately that of the Tethyan suture (Figure 4). This hypothesis requires that ophiolites of a more southerly alignment, stretching from the Othris zone in Greece through the Antalya Complex (SW Turkey), Cyprus and Hatay (Figure 4), have all been transported southwards over an inter- Levantine basin could also be a remnant of this same ocean.

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