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Structural Transects of the Rim of Europe to Africa by Marine Exploration Reflection Seismics

Objective

Understanding the nature of tectonic processes that are currently active within the Mediterranean region and to discover how sedimentary basins are evolving in this area.

The work consists of marine seismic reflection surveys on a total length of 2000 km accompanied by onshore recordings and includes the interpretation of all the data obtained.

The marine seismic reflection surveys and the onshore recordings will be undertaken in the following areas:

- Aegean Sea Objective: The work aims at investigating the nature of extensional basins in the area of the western Aegean and at examining their juxtaposition to the volcanic arc and the subduction zone of the Hellenic Arc. The deep structure of the volcano of Milos, below the magma chamber, will also be investigated as a contribution to the study of geothermal energy.

- Ionian Sea Objective: The profile across the anomalous crust of the Ionian Sea is designed to cross both the Hellenic Arc and the Calabrian Arc plate boundaries and shall explore its deep structure. The profile will tie directly with a profile across the Calabrian peninsula already completed by the Italian survey CROP.

- Gulf of Lions/Gulf of Valencia Objective: The objective is to understand the way in which the Pyrenean crustal root disappeared in the Gulf of Lions and the relation of this process to the rifting of the Mediterranean margins in this area and the opening of the ocean-like basin of the western Mediterranean. Existing data obtained from a deep seismic profile across the Gulf of Lions from the Rhone Delta to Sardinia undertaken by the ECORS/CROP group in 1988 will be taken into account for the interpretation of the results.

Coordinator

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Address
4 Place Jussieu
75252 Paris
France

Participants (6)

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
S/n,lluis Solt Sabaris S/n
08028 Barcelona
NATIONAL AND KAPODISTRIAN UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece
Address
Panepistimioupolis Ilissia
15784 Zographos, Athens
Public Petroleum Corporation AE
Greece
Address
199,Kifissias Avenue
15124 Athens
ROYAL HOLLOWAY AND BEDFORD NEW COLLEGE
United Kingdom
Address
Egham Hill
TW20 0EX Egham, Surrey
Universidade de Lisboa
Portugal
Address
58,Rua Da Escola Politecnica
1200 Lisboa
Università degli Studi di Trieste
Italy
Address
Piazzale Europa 1
34127 Trieste