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Uplift and faulting at the transition from subduction to collision

Of the complex, retreating, stalling and foundering subduction zones of the Mediterranean, Calabria is one of the most intriguing. In contrast to the Apennines to the north and Sicily to the south, it continues to subduct oceanic lithosphere, yet convergence appears to have stalled and uplift appears to have accelerated in the Pleistocene. Modern uplift rates are some of the highest in the Adriatic subduction systems. This project focuses an array of modern analysis techniques on this problem: first, by refining the observations of horizontal and vertical motions back through time and second, by linking these to geodynamic models of upper mantle, lithospheric and crustal deformation.

 

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