No, I don't. Correct. Wrong. However that's not the only work they've co-authored on the Mediterranean basin. statement of fact. This is the second time I've typed this post, consequntly I've lost the references I had, however, more modern work suggests a dual rupture mechanism occurs that incoporates strike slip motion as well as thrust motion. Wrong. Stop trolling, it's obvious a typo. Yes, it is. Right, because governments don't hire scientists, do they.Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! Wrong. The mainstream scientific literature accepts it as a nascent subduction trench that has a dual rupture mode accommodating both strike slip and thrust components that is propogating southwards. All of which, is, by the way, completely irrelevant. It's not a point I'm interested in debating with you any further, because it is an offtopic aside - the original point was the relationship between the Hikurangi trench and its backarc basin, as a much simpler analog of some of what is happening in the Mediterranean. Take a moment to think about it. We were originally talking about whether the western mediterranean basin was opening or closing. First it's opening, then it's closing, and now it's opening again? Make up your mind. That still makes little or no sense. No. The fact that the Aegean plate is moving generally Southwestwards at a rate of 25mm/year does not imply that the Mediterranean basin is opening, rather than closing - in fact, given that Africa is moving northward at 5mm/year then if the Agean plate is moving southward at 25mm a year, then the pair of them are converging at 30mm/year. The only thing that requires an openining of a new sea in that area is your expanding earth toy model. The mainstream model of plate tectonics allows a spreading zone to be subducted - an example is the east Pacific rise. You're changing the facts to fit your model. That's not science. Oh god NO!! Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! No, I disagree with your interpretation of them, there's a difference. You're starting to sound more and more like a religous fundamentalist than a scientist. No, it is not the model which fails in this region, it is your understanding of the model that fails.