The transition between Makran subduction and the Zagros collision: recent advances in its structure and active deformation

V. Regard, D. Hatzfeld, M. Molinaro, C. Aubourg, R. Bayer, O. Bellier, F. Yamini-Fard, M. Peyret, M. Abbassi
2010 Geological Society Special Publication  
South-east Iran is the site of a rare case of young transition between subduction and collision. We synthesized recent results in geodesy, tectonics, seismology and magnetism to understand the structure and kinematics of the Zagros-Makran transition. Surface observations (tectonics, magnetism and geodesy) draw a transpressive discontinuity consisting of several faults striking obliquely to the convergent plate motion, whereas deeper observations (seismology) support a smooth transition across
more » ... transition across the fault system. No lithospheric transform fault has been created, even though the transition already behaves like a major boundary in terms of tectonic style, seismic structure, lithology and magnetism. The Zendan-Minab-Palami fault system consists of several faults that accommodate a transpressive tectonic regime. It is the surface expression of a southward propagation of the N-trending right-lateral strike-slip fault system of Jiroft-Sabzevaran. Within each system the numerous faults will coalesce into a single, lithospheric, wrench fault.
doi:10.1144/sp330.4 fatcat:7pbmberxmbfu3nyuooz7hd4q6u