Remembering Muawia Barazangi, Professor Emeritus

Muawia Barazangi, professor emeritus in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University, has passed away. Barazangi was known as a pillar of the EAS community and a foundational presence in the department.

"Barazangi was one of our department's more prominent scholars. I have known him my entire professional career," said Geoff Abers, the William & Katherine Snee Professor in Geological Sciences and the chair of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. "He was also a warm, deeply caring individual who made an impact on many people’s lives. He will be missed."

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to Cornell University’s Institute for the Study of the Continents, which Muawia was committed to for much of his career.

Barazangi's research interests included understanding the lithospheric structure and the seismotectonics of intracontinental mountain belts and young continental collision zones. His studies included the investigation of the Palmyride fold and thrust belt in central Syria (including the nearby Euphrates rift system), the Zagros mountain belt, and the Rif and Atlas Mountains in Morocco, as well as a detailed study of the Anatolian Plateau in Eastern Turkey, one of the youngest continental collision zones on Earth.

Barazangi donated his unique map collection to Olin Map Library, which were on display until 2020.

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