Proposed Geodynamic Models for Eastern Turkey Collision Zone

Subduction of Arabian plate beneath the Anatolian plateau.

(Blue=Arabian plate; Yellow=Anatolian plate)
Continental collision and subsequent thickening of the Anatolian crust/lithosphere from vertical planar strain.
Accommodation of Arabian plate by the escape of micro-plates to the east and west.
Delamination of an underthrusted portion of the Arabian plate.