Collisional processes examined in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea


  • Leg 160 Scientific Party


Leg 160 of the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) recently traveled to the Eastern Mediterranean Sea to study collisional tectonic processes. The Mediterranean is an ideal target for such research because the African/Eurasian plate boundary reflects tectonic settings ranging from steady state subduction to incipient collision. The Eratosthenes Seamount, the main drilling target, is a substantial crustal block in the process of breaking apart and subsiding beneath an active continental margin south of the island of Cyprus. As a result, Cyprus has undergone subduction-related uplift since 2 Ma.