A review on Menderes Massif’s extensional history

A review about the structure and metamorphism of the well-researched Menderes Massif in western Turkey has been published in the latest issue of Earth-Science Reviews by van Hinsbergen. Menderes massif is among the largest continental extensional provinces in the world, and its extension is generally considered to have occurred along extensional detachments with a NE-SW stretching direction. However, restorations of the Early Miocene history show that these extensional detachments can only explain part of the exhumation history of the Menderes Massif. In this paper, author explains these restoration efforts and their main implications to the Western Anatolia. doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2010.05.005

Image credit: J. Descloitres, NASA, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team

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