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South Caspian to Central Iran Basins

Product Code: SP312
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by M F Brunet, M Wilmsen and J W Granath
Publication Date: 29 May 2009
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Special Publication 312

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This book combines interdisciplinary research results using structural geology, geophysics, sedimentology, stratigraphy, palaeontology, palaeomagnetism and subsidence modelling obtained through the MEBE (Middle East Basins Evolution) Programme and other groups in the South Caspian as well as in Northern and Central Iran. A great part of the volume is devoted to Northern Iran (Alborz, Binalud and Koppeh Dagh belts), dealing mainly with the Late Palaeozoic and the Mesozoic Era. Two papers present subsidence models of the South Caspian Basin since the Jurassic and three papers focus on Central Iran.

The data and models in this compilation of papers present a detailed picture and a very comprehensive understanding of the Late Palaeozoic to Cenozoic evolution of the South Caspian and North to Central Iran basins. Geodynamic evolution and sedimentation pattern were mainly controlled by the closure of the Palaeo–Tethys due to collision of the Cimmerian blocks with south Laurasia, the opening of the South Caspian Basin, and the Neo-Tethys ocean closure associated with Arabia-Eurasia collision.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 1-86239-271-4
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-271-7
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 360
Weight: 1.03 kg



South Caspian, northern and central Iran sedimentary basins: introduction, M-F Brunet, J W Granath & M Wilmsen

The drift history of Iran from the Ordovician to the Triassic, G Muttoni, M Mattei, M Balini, A Zanchi, M Gaetani & F Berra

The Eo-Cimmerian (Late? Triassic) orogeny in north Iran, A Zanchi, S Zanchetta, F Berra, M Mattei, E Garzanti, S Molyneux, A Nawab & J Sabouri

The Shanderman eclogites: a Late Carboniferous high-pressure event in the NW Talesh Mountains (NW Iran), S Zanchetta, A Zanchi, I Villa, S Poli & G Muttoni

Pennsylvanian–Early Triassic stratigraphy in the Alborz Mountains (Iran), M Gaetani, L Angiolini, K Ueno, A Nicora, M H Stephenson, D Sciunnach, R Rettori, G D Price & J Sabouri

Lithostratigraphy of the Upper Triassic–Middle Jurassic Shemshak Group of northern Iran, F T Fürsich, M Wilmsen, K Seyed-Emami & M R Majidifard

Characterization of organic matter in the fine-grained siliciclastic sediments of the Shemshak Group (Upper Triassic–Middle Jurassic) in the Alborz Range, northern Iran, A Shekarifard, F Baudin, J Schnyder & K Seyed-Emami

The Shemshak Group (Lower–Middle Jurassic) of the Binalud Mountains, NE Iran: stratigraphy, depositional environments and geodynamic implications, M Wilmsen, F T Fürsich & J Taheri

The Mid-Cimmerian tectonic event (Bajocian) in the Alborz Mountains, northern Iran: evidence of the break-up unconformity of the South Caspian Basin, F T Fürsich, M Wilmsen, K Seyed-Emami & M R Majidifard

Stratigraphy, depositional environments and geodynamic significance of the Upper Bajocian–Bathonian Kashafrud Formation, NE Iran, J Taheri, F T Fürsich & M Wilmsen

Subsidence and uplift mechanisms within the South Caspian Basin: insights from the onshore and offshore Azerbaijan region, S S Egan, J Mosar, M-F Brunet & T Kangarli

Sedimentation and subsidence in the South Caspian Basin, Azerbaijan, T Green, N Abdullayev, J Hossack, G Riley & A M Roberts

The Cimmerian evolution of the Nakhlak–Anarak area, central Iran, and its bearing for the reconstruction of the history of the Eurasian margin, A Zanchi, S Zanchetta, E Garzanti, M Balini, F Berra, M Mattei & G Muttoni

The Triassic stratigraphic succession of Nakhlak (central Iran), a record from an active margin, M Balini, A Nicora, F Berra, E Garzanti, M Levera, M Mattei, G Muttoni, A Zanchi, I Bollati, C Larghi, S Zanchetta, R Salamati & F Mossavvari

An overview of the stratigraphy and facies development of the Jurassic system on the Tabas Block, east-central Iran, M Wilmsen, F T Fürsich, K Seyed-Emami, & M R Majidifard



Christopher Kendall

The contributions are beautifully illustrated with both colour and bblack-and-white photographs and diagrams providing keys to the unravelling of the plate-tectonic evolution of the South Caspian and Central Iranian area.

….The depth of coverage, and the disciplines handled vary from chapter to chapter but collectively, whether you are hunting for information on the lithostratigraphy, or on that of biostratigraphy or plate dynamics of the region, this is a great starting place and is an important source.

….The authors, editors, and the Geological Society are to be congratulated for this professional volume. A must-read for those with an interest in middle and near eastern geology.

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