Delivering a synthesis of almost one hundred and fifty years of research into the Jordan Rift Valley, this genuinely comprehensive text presents a model explaining the tectonic evolution of this part of the Syrian-African Rift Valley, which may affect opinions regarding the geotectonic pattern of the entire western Levant.
Also including datings and paleoenvironmental reconstructions for all important phases in the history of the Jordan Valley, particular focus is placed on the last two million years, when numerous habitation sites, the oldest of which represents the initial spread of Man out of Africa, indicate the region was almost continuously populated.
Table of Contents
Preface; Acknowledgements; Acknowledgements for permissions to reproduce data and photographs;
- Introduction: The singularity of the Jordan Rift Valley;
- History of ideas and research;
- The Jordan Rift Valley at present;
- The pre-neogene geology of the near East;
- The lithostratigraphy of the Embryonic and Eritrean stages;
- Palynostratigraphy, continuous sequences and unconformities;
- Chronostratigraphy, paleogeography and environments of the Embryonic and Eritrean stages;
- Structural history;
- Tectonics: Models and debates;
- Stratigraphy of the artefact-bearing sequences;
- Paleoecology of man;
Appendix: The nature and history of motion along the Dead Sea Transform (Rift); References; References Index; Subject Index.