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The Tethyside Orogenic Belt

Workshop On The Tethysides Structure And Evolution
Anbdus Salam International Center For Theoretical Physics (ICTP)
12-15 October 2002 / ICTP ,TREIESTE - ITALY

The Tethysides Belt stretches through many countries from southern Europe to south eastern Asia, is tectonically active, in many places is highly populated, and has been the site of some of the world's most destructive earthquakes.

It also covers regions where there is interest in monitoring the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty that has so far been signed by 161 nations.

For these reasons it is ripe for cooperative research projects ranging from those of purely scientific interest in the structure and evolution of the belt to practical projects related to earthquake hazard mitigation and nuclear test monitoring.

The workshop is intended to foster such cooperative research.

Brian Mitchell

Giuliano Panza

Workshop Organizers

A workshop on the Tethysides Structure and Evolution was organized at the International Center on Theoretical Physics at Trieste Italy for the period 12-15 October 2002,at the Adriadico Guest House,Giambiagi Lecture Hall.

The workshop held four working sessions, and attended by 50 participants mostly from various parts of the Tethysides Belt region. Thirteen conference speakers gave their deliberations .This was preceded by welcome and introductory remarks made by the Directors of the workshop Professor Brian Mitchell of Saint Louis University and Professor Giuliano F. Panza of Universita' di Trieste.

Workshop Presentations

Tethysides: Where are the Various Bits of Tethys Today - Celal Sengor

Active Tectonics of the Iran Plateau and South Caspian Basin - Keith Ptriestley

Large Earthquake Sequences along Main Continental Faults: Paleoseismology and Historical Constraints of the Faulting Behavior - Mustafa Meghraoui

3D Velocity of the Tethysides Orogenic Belt as Found by Global Surface Wave Tomographic studies - Anatoli Levshin

Orogens vs Their Direction of Subduction - Carlo Doglioni

Deterministic Hazard and Urban Seismic Microzonation in the Tethysides Orogenic Belt - Giuliano F. Panza

Seismic Q and Tectonic Evolution of the Tethysides - Brian Mitchell

Tertiary Quaternary Faulting and Uplift in the Hajar Mountains, Northern Oman - Tim Kusky

Modes of Mountain Building from Seismicity and Velocity Structures in New Zealand,Taiwan and the Himalaya - Francis Wu

To What Extent do the Tethysides Represent the Shaping of the Continental Crust in the Geological Past - Zvi Garfunkel

International Cooperation from a Small Business Perspective - Winston Chan

Cooperative Geophysical Research Programs - Karl Veith

A Projected Role for the MESF in Promoting Seismological Research in the Middle Eastern Region - Sahil Alsinawi

Discussion and Proposal Suggestion. The Sessions were followed by Discussions on Future Research and Possible Means of International Cooperation, these discussions were co-chaired by Prof. Brian Mitchell and Prof. Giuliano Panza.

The workshop participants met in three subgroups on Seismology and Earth Structure, Tectonics, and Earthquake Hazards. Each group submitted a number of questions and future projects for the Tethysides Region with suggested experiments and projects to address the suggested problems. After discussion the suggestions were submitted to Prof. Brian Mitchell for future considerations, and a future publishing of the workshop results in EOS of AGU.

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Paleogeographic Reconstruction of the Alpine Tethysides

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Alpine Tethysides 35 Ma

Alpine Tethysides 112 Ma

Alpine Tethysides 222 Ma