The geodynamic evolution of the Mediterranean region has been often described as a 'puzzling problem' because of the complex space-time distribution of tectonic events. The gathering of new constraining information and frequent changes of data and ideas among the scientists working on this topic seems to be the most suitable approach to the above problem. Special attention is devoted to regions, such as the Aegean-Anatolian and central Mediterranean, which played a crucial role in the evolution of the whole Mediterranean area.
A considerable improvement in the understanding of the post-Tortonian deformation pattern of the Tyrrhenian-Apennine system has been achieved by recent geological and geophysical investigations. The geodynamic implications of the data presently available might provide important insights into the evolution of continental collision zones, where shortening processes may also involve lateral extrusion of crustal wedges and consumption of continental-like lithosphere.The main uncertainties which still surround the relative motion between Africa and Eurasia in the Mediterranean region are also pointed out. The arguments reported in Recent Evolution and Seismicity of the Mediterranean Region are mainly addressed to research scientists and advanced students of the earth sciences.
Recent Evolution and Seismicity of the Mediterranean Region reports information about the evolutionary history and the present structural-tectonic setting of the Mediterranean region, which has been presented and discussed during a meeting on Recent Evolution and Seismicity of the Mediterranean Region, held in Erice (Italy) in September 1992. Recent results of geological, geophysical, seismological, volcanological and paleomagnetic studies are described. The geodynamic implications of the presently available data set might provide important insights into the evolution of continental collision zones, where shortening processes may also involve lateral extrusion of crystal wedges and consumption of continental-like lithosphere.
- Some current problems on the tectonic evolution of the Mediterranean during the Cainozoic
- Rates of active deformation in the Eastern Mediterranean
- Post-Tortonion deformation pattern in the Central Mediterranean: a result of extrusion tectonics driven by the Africa-Eurasia convergence
- Africa-Eurasia kinematics in the Mediterranean: an alternative hypothesis
- Tectonic evolution of the Northern Arabian Plate in Western Syria
- The tectonic regimes along the convergent border of the Aegean Arc from the late Miocene to the present, southern Peloponnesus as an example
- Tyrrhenian basin and Apennines kinematic evolution and related dynamic constraints
- Neogene basins in the Strait of Sicily (Central Mediterranean): tectonic setting and geodynamic implications
- Seismological studies of upper mantle structure below the Mediterranean with a regional seismograph network
- The determination of earthquake size and source geometry in Mediterranean Sea
- Tectonic and seismic processes of various space and time scales in the Greek area
- A review of the Eastern Alps - Northern Dinarides seismotectonics
- Regional stresses in the Mediterranean region derived from focal mechanisms of earthquakes
- Source process of some large earthquakes in Greece and its tectonic implication
- Recent seismic activity and earthquake occurrence along the Apennines
- P-wave teleseismic tomography contribution to the delineation of the upper mantle structure of Italy
- Geological and seismological evidence of strike-slip displacement along the E-W Adriatic Central Apennine belt
- Stable fault sliding and earthquake nucleation
- Paleomagnetism in the Mediterraneum from Spain to the Aegean: a review of data relevant to Cenozoic movements
- Use of the Paleomagnetic databases for geodynamical studies: some examples from the Mediterranean region