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Find Your Science at GSA
2 Nov. 2011
GSA Release No. 11-75
Christa Stratton
Director of Education, Communication, & Outreach

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GSA Field Guide Explores the Geological Curiosities of Turkey

Boulder, Colo., USA –This field-trip guide explores the tectonics of Samos and the Menderes Massif, two fascinating areas within the eastern Mediterranean section of the Tethyan orogen. The guide includes detailed outcrop descriptions, maps, and diagrams to explore along-strike variations in the Hellenide-Anatolide orogen, including the architecture of the Early Tertiary Alpine nappe stack and its strong Miocene extensional overprint.

The suggested itinerary is based on the 2010 Geological Society of America Field Forum: “Significance of Along-Strike Variations for the 3-D Architecture of Orogens: The Hellenides and Anatolides in the Eastern Mediterranean.” The outcrop descriptions begin with Day 1 in Samos, where, atypically for the N-S-stretched Aegean region, Miocene extension is E-W. The focus of Day 2 is on high-pressure assemblages in northern Samos. The following three days explore the Anatolide Belt in western Turkey, where the Menderes nappes—also known as the Menderes Massif—form the tectonic footwall below the Cycladic Blueschist Unit.

Individual copies of the volume may be purchased through the Geological Society of America online store, Field Guide 23, or by contacting GSA Sales and Service,

Book editors of earth science journals/publications may request a review copy by contacting Jeanette Hammann at .

Field Guide to Samos and the Menderes Massif: Along-Strike Variations in the Mediterranean Tethyan Orogen
Klaus Gessner, Uwe Ring, and Talip Güngör (editors)
Geological Society of America Field Guide 23
FLD023, 52 p., $25.00; Member price $20.00
ISBN 978-0-8137-0023-6