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Image Caption: Source: Patricia W. Dickerson
Aegean Sea
Crete (foreground), the Cyclades Islands, Greece and Turkey lie along
the margin of the Eurasian and African tectonic plates; Africa is moving
northward and being driven down beneath Eurasia. As a result volcanic
islands, such as Santorini, develop and fault-bounded basisn such, as
the Gulf of Corinth, are formed. In addition, lavas and sediments that
were originally deposited on the Mediterranean seafloor are uplifted and
deformed. The light-colored masses that extend along a NW-trending line
from the Peloponnesos into the Balkans consist of such uplifted marine
sediments.