Complex interactions fault fans developed in a strike-slip system: Kozan Fault Zone, Eastern Mediterranean Sea

Aksu A. B., Calon T., Hall J., Kurtboğan B., Gurcay S., Cifci G.

MARINE GEOLOGY, vol.351, pp.91-107, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 351
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.margeo.2014.03.009
  • Journal Name: MARINE GEOLOGY
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.91-107
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


Interpretation of high-resolution multichannel seismic reflection profiles shows that the Kozan Fault Zone is characterized by northeast-southwest-striking and mainly southeast-dipping planar faults which show significant normal-sense dip separations. Traced toward the southeast these faults progressively swing to assume an east-west trend along the northern margin of the Outer Cilicia Basin. The Kozan Fault Zone initially occupied a wide zone of distributed strike-slip translation in the Early Pliocene, but was subsequently concentrated into a narrowly focused strike-slip fault zone in the Late Pliocene and Quaternary. During the Late Pliocene, the Kozan Fault Zone propagated toward the southwest creating a restraining bend in the Cilicia Basin, and a new east-west oriented strike-slip fault (i.e., Silifke-Anamur Fault) in the Outer Cilicia Basin.