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Title: Eastern Greater Caucasus, Azerbaijan, geological swath mapping data Open Access Deposited
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  • Geologic mapping was conducted in the Eastern Greater Caucasus of Azerbaijan with the purpose of characterizing the structural architecture of the mountain range. The dataset includes strike and dip measurements from bedding and cleavage planes of rock outcrops, the mapped extents of distinct lithologic units, and inferred and observed locations of faults and fold axes in the range. The strike and dip data were collected using a GPS-enabled smartphone with the geological field mapping app Clino, and were subsequently exported to standard file formats. Faults, fold axes, and extents of lithologic units were mapped in the field by hand using printed topographic maps and mylar, the standard practice for geologic mapping, and were subsequently digitized in ArcMap 10.5 and earlier. The data are presented as ArcGIS Layer files (.lyr) and shapefiles (.shp), and a high-resolution PDF of the compiled geologic map is also presented. Discipline-standard symbology information is contained in the ArcGIS layer files, but the shapefiles contain the equivalent data for access by users of other GIS platforms.
  • The Eastern Greater Caucasus is a mountain belt in western Asia that formed as an accretionary prism above an active subduction zone. Because of the bedrock exposure in the range, it offers a unique opportunity to research deformation processes in accretionary prisms, which are ubiquitous above the Earth's many subduction zones but are typically submarine and difficult to investigate. The data presented here result from field geologic mapping in several swaths roughly perpendicular to the mountain range that together span the entire range across strike. The data serve will serve as the basis for inference of the deep structural architecture of the range and characterization of the styles of deformation present in the range.
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  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
Citations to related material
  • Tye, A. R., Niemi, N. A., Safarov, R. T., Kadirov, F. A., and Babayev, G. R., Structural and thermochronometric data provide insight into strain accommodation within an active accretionary prism, the Eastern Greater Caucasus. In prep.
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Curation notes
  • On November 19, 2019 the file name of "plate1_reduced.pdf" was changed to "plate1.pdf" at the request of Alexander Tye.
Last modified
  • 11/19/2019
  • 11/13/2019
To Cite this Work:
Tye, A. (2019). Eastern Greater Caucasus, Azerbaijan, geological swath mapping data [Data set]. University of Michigan - Deep Blue.


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