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The Tectonic and Structural Classifications of the Western Part of the Zagros Fold and Thrust Belt, North Iraq, Review and Discussion
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Geosciences and Environmental Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2393-5939
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Mining and Geotechnical Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6790-2653
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Geosciences and Environmental Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1627-7058
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Geosciences and Environmental Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1998-0769
2017 (English)In: Journal of Earth Sciences and Geotechnical Engineering, ISSN 1792-9040, Vol. 7, no 2, p. 71-89Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Zagros fold and thrust belt represents a tectonically significant area, and one

of the richest areas in oil and gas reservoirs in the world. The Zagros fold and

thrust belt is the deformational product of the Cretaceous-present day convergence

of the Arabian and Iranian (Eurasian) plates (subduction and collision). The belt

extends more than 2000 km from southern Turkey through the north and

northeastern Iraq to the Strait of Hormuz in southwestern Iran. The Zagros fold

and thrust belt is divided into two parts which are; Western part within Iraqi

region and Eastern part within Iranian region. The western part of the Zagros fold

and thrust belt has been traditionally subdivided into several structural zones that

are generally striking parallel to the plate boundary. This is characterized by

exposure of Late Ordovician to Pliocene - Pliestocene formations with different

types of Quaternary Sediments. This research will concentrate on Western part of

Zagros fold and thrust belt and the styles of structural classifications, which will

aid to clarify and better understand the tectonic and structural history and

evolution of the region. We have considered the last version of structural

classification as the most relevant one to the reality, especially within outer

platform (Unstable shelf). Where it divides the region into four structural zones,

which are: Low Folded zone, High Folded Zone, Imbricate Zone, and Zagros

Suture Zone and these zones were further divided to several subzones. This

classification is based on the structural style and intensity of deformation,

stratigraphy, mechanicalstratigraphy and tectono-stratigraphy of the deformed

sequences, Age of deformation, surface physiography and morphology. The data

used in the classification is more reliable, up to date and relevant.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New Zealand: Scienpress Ltd , 2017. Vol. 7, no 2, p. 71-89
Keywords [en]
Tectonic, Classification, Western Zagros Belt, North Iraq
National Category
Geology Geochemistry Geotechnical Engineering
Research subject
Applied Geology; Ore Geology; Soil Mechanics; Applied Geochemistry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-75084OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-75084DiVA, id: diva2:1331953
Available from: 2019-06-27 Created: 2019-06-27 Last updated: 2019-07-08Bibliographically approved

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