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- Created 2012-02-24
is a continental
consisting primarily of the
The easterly side is a boundary with the
East Anatolian Fault
, a left lateral
The southerly and southwesterly sides comprise a
, manifest in compressive features of the oceanic crust beneath the
as well as within the
itself, and also by what are generally considered to be subduction zones along the
The northerly side is a
North Anatolian Fault Zone
Research indicates that the Anatolian Plate is rotating counterclockwise as it is being pushed west by the Arabian Plate, impeded from any northerly movement by the Eurasian Plate.
In some references, the Anatolian Plate is referred to as a "block" of continental crust still coupled to the Eurasian Plate. But studies of the North Anatolian Fault indicate that Anatolia is de-coupled from the Eurasian Plate. It is now being squeezed by the Arabian Plate from the east and forced toward the west as the Eurasian Plate to its north is blocking motion in that direction. The African Plate is subducting beneath the Anatolian Plate along the
and Hellenic Arcs offshore in the Mediterranean Sea.
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