Modeling of shallow structures in the Cappadocia region using gravity and aeromagnetic anomalies

KOŞAROĞLU S., Buyuksarac A. , AYDEMİR A.

JOURNAL OF ASIAN EARTH SCIENCES, vol.124, pp.214-226, 2016 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 124
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jseaes.2016.05.005
  • Page Numbers: pp.214-226


In this study, shallow structures and bodies creating gravity and magnetic anomalies in the Cappadocia Volcanic Complex region in central Anatolia were investigated in order to determine the tectonic origin and structural setting of young volcanic units. The shallow geological structures in the region are depressions filled with mainly low-density, loose volcano-clastics and ignimbrite sheets associated with the continental Neogene deposits. These units together with other volcanic products are originated from the large Neogene and Quaternary volcanoes of the central Anatolia, particularly in the Cappadocia region. At first, spectral analysis to obtain the cut-off frequencies for the high-pass filter was performed in this investigation. Then, gravity and magnetic data were high-pass filtered to remove the deep and regional effects on anomalies and to unveil only shallow structures' effects. Subsequently, upward and downward continuations were carried out to determine how these shallow structures influence the total anomalies and their contribution in the confining total potential field. In addition, three and two dimensional gravity models (3D and 2D) of the study area were also constructed to obtain the bottom depth of shallow bodies.