Tectono-Geophysical Zonation of the Near and Middle East and Eastern Africa

Lev Eppelbaum, Yu I. Katz

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The region under study is of great interest from many positions: geodynamically (high seismic activity, modern riftogenesis and collision processes), structurally (presence of mosaic block system of continental and oceanic Earth's crust of different age), geophysically (presence of several greatest gravity anomalies and very intricate magnetic pattern) and economically (presence of the main hydrocarbon resources of the world). It is well-known that successive integration and generalization of isolated geophysical-geological features significantly increases reliability and exactness of earlier developed maps and schemes. Regional long-term seismological prognosis, strategy of searching economic deposits and many other important geological-geophysical problems are based mostly on results of combined tectono-geophysical zonation. This paper presents a new tectonic map of the Near and Middle East and Eastern Africa developed on the basis of numerous tectonic, stratigraphic and other sources supported by geophysical data analysis. Examination of satellite derived gravity data by the use of different advanced mathematical methodologies enabled to construct a series of principal new maps (here two examples of these maps are shown) indicating essential properties of Earth's crust and lithosphere of the region. Integrating the novel tectonic map with gravity map and its transforms enabled us to create precursors for development of a new seismological scheme of long-term prognosis for the region under study.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Geology
StatePublished - 2016


  • Integrated analysis
  • Satellite gravity


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