The Iranian Plate is thought to underlie Iran and Afghanistan, and parts of Pakistan and Iraq. It is compressed between the Arabian Plate to the south and the Eurasian Plate to the north. This compression is likely a cause for the very mountainous terrain of the area including the Zagros Mountains.
- William Bayne Fisher: The Middle East: a Physical, Social, and Regional Geography. Routledge 1978, ISBN 978-0-416-71520-0, p. 15–16
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