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Newly developed paleomagnetic map of the EasternmostMediterranean joined with tectono-structural analysis unmaskgeodynamic history of this region

  • Lev Eppelbaum and Youri Katz
From the journal Open Geosciences


Comprehensive magnetic-paleomagnetic analysisof physical-geological models developed for the EasternmostMediterranean (northern part of the Sinai plate)accompanied by gravity and seismic data examination enabledthe detection of a zone of inverse magnetizationof submeridional strike with a total volume exceeding120,000 km3. Such a large zone must correspond to theprolonged period of inverse polarity in the Earth’s magneticfield history. We suggest that this inversely magnetizedthick block of the Earth’s crust corresponds tothe known Kiama hyperzone. A paleomagnetic map constructedon the basis of abovementioned geophysical dataanalysis combined with detailed examination of structural,radiometric, petrological, facial, paleogeographicaland some other data indicates that to the west ofthe Kiama zone is situated the Jalal zone, and to theeast – Illawarra, Omolon and Gissar zones. Discovery ofthe Kiama paleomagnetic zone combined with tectonogeodynamicalanalysis and paleobiographical data examinationindicates that the Earth’s oceanic crust blocks mayhave been shifted by transform faults from the eastern partof the Tethys Ocean to their modern position in the EasternmostMediterranean. Analysis of potential geophysicalfields and seismological maps integrated with tectonostructuralexamination show the isolation of the northernpart of Sinai plate from other terranes. For the first timeformation-paleogeographical maps of Triassic and Jurassicfor the Easternmost Mediterranean have been compiledand their tectono-geodynamical explanation hasbeen given. The obtained data create a basis for reconsideringtectonic zonation, paleogeodynamical reconstructionsand searching for economic deposits in this region.


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Received: 2014-05-25
Accepted: 2014-07-31
Published Online: 2015-02-17

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