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Crustal Structure of the Eastern Mediterranean Basin Based on Integrated Geological and Geophysical Study

Abstract

This study, based on the integration of regional geology with gravity and magnetic modeling, has determined the crustal type, structure, and depth to Moho for the Eastern Mediterranean Basin. Three (3) gravity models have been generated showing the different crustal types associated with the rifted Levant margin and oceanic crust. Further, there is strong evidence for translational / transpressional boundaries between the extended continental and oceanic crusts. Mapping the crustal thickness, crustal type, crustal boundaries, and depth to Moho is extremely important to understanding the tectonic evolution of the basin and its impact on hydrocarbon generation.