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Dynamics and Structure of the Mediterranean Collisions and Back-arcs (co-organized)
Convener: Claudia Piromallo  | Co-Conveners: Alexis Plunder , Jeroen van Hunen , Laurent Jolivet , Taylor Schildgen 
 / Thu, 21 Apr, 10:30–12:00  / 13:30–17:00
 / Attendance Thu, 21 Apr, 17:30–19:00

The Mediterranean region, given its peculiar landlocked setting in the Africa/Arabia and Eurasia convergence zone, its invaluable and long-lasting geological record of complex interactions among major and smaller plates, the presence of subduction zones at different evolutionary stages, has progressively grown as a comprehensive test site to investigate fundamental plate tectonic and geodynamic processes.

Advances in a variety of geophysical and geological fields provide a rich and growing set of constraints on the crust-lithosphere and mantle structure, tectonics and geodynamic evolution of the Mediterranean. We welcome contributions presenting new insights and observations derived from different perspectives like geology (stratigraphy, petrology, geochronology, geochemistry, tectonics and geomorphology), geophysics (seismicity, seismic imaging, seismic anisotropy, gravity), geodesy (GPS, InSAR) and modelling (numerical and analogue), as well as from multi-disciplinary studies.

Confirmed solicited presentations:

Daniel Garcia-Castellanos (ICTJA-CSIC, Barcelona) will review the state of research on the geodynamics of the Gibraltar Arc with emphasis on the vertical motions since the Miocene and their implications for the Messinian disconnection

Claudio Faccenna (Università Roma TRE, Rome) will give a broad review of mantle dynamics in the whole Mediterranean