Crete: Diplono Petris (Διπλόνο Πέτρις)
by Wolfgang Fraedrich, Hamburg, Germany
Diplono Petris near Agios Pavlos in the south of Crete island is one of Europe's most impressive folded rock formations. The rock strata document an alternation of different limestone layers in the pindos top of the Cretan ceiling pile. These sediments, once deposited in a deeper ocean basin of the Pindos Ocean, were deformed in the course of Alpine fold tectonics, triggered by the North Drift of the African Plate against the Eurasian lithospheric plate, which increasingly constricts the present-day Mediterranean as the remainder of the former ocean.
Taken on 16
Submitted on 31 December 2017
Credit: Wolfgang Fraedrich (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu)
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