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GPS network monitors the Arabia-Eurasia collision deformation in Iran
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
Laboratoire Dynamique de la Lithosphere, Université Montpellier, France.
Laboratoire Dynamique de la Lithosphere, Université Montpellier, France.
Laboratoire de Geologie, Ecole Normale Supérieure – CNRS, Paris, France.
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2003 (English)In: Journal of Geodesy, ISSN 0949-7714, E-ISSN 1432-1394, Vol. 77, 411-422 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The rate of crustal deformation in Iran due to the Arabia–Eurasia collision is estimated. The results are based on new global positioning system (GPS) data. In order to address the problem of the distribution of the deformation in Iran, Iranian and French research organizations have carried out the first large-scale GPS survey of Iran. A GPS network of 28 sites (25 in Iran, two in Oman and one in Uzbekistan) has been installed and surveyed twice, in September 1999 and October 2001. Each site has been surveyed for a minimum observation of 4 days. GPS data processing has been done using the GAMIT-GLOBK software package. The solution displays horizontal repeatabilities of about 1.2 mm in 1999 and 2001. The resulting velocities allow us to constrain the kinematics of the Iranian tectonic blocks. These velocities are given in ITRF2000 and also relative to Eurasia. This last kinematic model demonstrates that (1) the north–south shortening from Arabia to Eurasia is 2–2.5 cm/year, less than previously estimated, and (2) the transition from subduction (Makran) to collision (Zagros) is very sharp and governs the different styles of deformation observed in Iran. In the eastern part of Iran, most of the shortening is accommodated in the Gulf of Oman, while in the western part the shortening is more distributed from south to north. The large faults surrounding the Lut block accommodate most of the subduction–collision transition.

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2003. Vol. 77, 411-422 p.
Keyword [en]
Plate collision - Deformation - Global positioning system - Iran - Alpine-Himalayan collision zone
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Earth Science with specialization in Mineral Chemistry, Petrology and Tectonics
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-170312DOI: 10.1007/s00190-003-0326-5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-170312DiVA: diva2:508973
Available from: 2012-03-12 Created: 2012-03-12 Last updated: 2012-12-06Bibliographically approved

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