Dead Sea Transform

Lower portion clearly transtensional at present. Boundary links spreading in the Red Sea with diffuse and complex convergence in Turkey (Taurus-Zagros mountains).

About 1000 km long, with sinistral motion, total displacement is estimated at 105 km (determined by geologic offsets).

Two major basins: Gulf of Elat (Aqaba) and the Dea Sea.

Earlier transpressive zone in Lebanon formed Palmyra fold belt.

What is direction of associated extension?


Ben-Avraham, Z. & Zoback, M., 1992, Transform-normal extension and asymmetric basins: An alternative to pull-apart models. Geology, v. 20, p. 423-426.

Garfunkel, Z., 1986, Review of oceanic transform activity and development. Journal of geological Society of London, v. 143, 775-784.

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