Present-day kinematics and tectonics of the Mediterranean Region: Implications for geodynamics and earthquake potential (co-organized)
|Convener: Philippe Vernant | Co-Conveners: Giorgi Khazaradze Tsilosani , Haluk Ozener , Paolo Marco De Martini|
Advances in the seismology, space geodesy, satellite imagery, and dating paleo-earthquakes provide new constraints on the present-day kinematics, active tectonics, and earthquake hazards for the “greater” Mediterranean region, including the zone of interaction of the African, Arabian, and Eurasian plates. Comparisons of active kinematics with Plate Tectonic and geologic observations allow quantification of kinematic changes through time that allow the investigation of the role of plate interactions and sub-lithospheric processes to account for surface kinematics. The broad range of tectonic processes in the region, including various stages and rates of active subduction ( Hellenic, Calabrian, Cyprus, arcs), young continental collision of Arabia with Eurasia, lithospheric delamination in E Turkey/Caucasus and possibly the Alboran Sea, major continental strike slip faults (North Anatolian, Dead Sea, and others), and “intra-plate” mountain building (Alps, Caucasus, Atlas) provide opportunities to investigate and compare the principal geodynamic processes deforming the earth’s surface. This session intends to bring together geophysicists and geologists working on the present day deformation of the Mediterranean region to present and discuss these new constraints, as well as conceptual and quantitative model results for geodynamic and earthquake processes in this region.