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Tectonic Evolution, Collision, and Seismicity of Southwest Asia: In Honor of Manuel Berberian's Forty-Five Years of Research Contributions

Source: The Geological Society of America, Inc.

Proceedings of a conference published by the Geological Society of America. Geological Society of America Special Publication, volume 525, 19 chapters, 675 pages, December 21, 2017. Edited by Rasoul Sorkhabi, ISBN 978-0-8137-2525-3.

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In recognition of his lifetime research contributions to promoting and advancing geological, plate tectonics, active tectonics, seismicity, and archaeoseismicity knowledge, the Geological Society of America (GSA) honored the first ever Persian-born and the first ever Armenian geoscientist by organizing a conference on October 29, 2013 in Denver, Colorado (during the GSA’s 125th-yr establishment annual meeting), and publishing the above-mentioned ‘Special Paper’ volume on December 21, 2017, during the GSA’s 129 years of history.

Southwest Asia is one of the most remarkable regions on Earth in terms of active faulting and folding, large-magnitude earthquakes, volcanic landscapes, petroliferous foreland basins, historical civilizations as well as geologic outcrops that display the protracted and complex 540-m.y. stratigraphic record of Earth's Phanerozoic Era. Emerged from the birth and demise of the Paleo-Tethys and Neo-Tethys oceans, southwest Asia is currently the locus of ongoing tectonic collision between the Eurasia-Arabia continental plates. The region is characterized by the high plateaus of Iran and Anatolia fringed by the lofty ranges of Zagros, Alborz, Caucasus, Taurus, and Pontic mountains; the region also includes the strategic marine domains of the Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Caspian, and Mediterranean. This 19-chapter volume, published in honor of Manuel Berberian, a preeminent geologist from the region, brings together a wealth of new data, analyses, and frontier research on the geologic evolution, collisional tectonics, active deformation, and historical and modern seismicity of key areas in southwest Asia (Geological Society of America, December 21, 2017).

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