The Black Sea basins structure and history: New model based on new deep penetration regional seismic data. Part 1: Basins structure and fill

Nikishin A. M. , Okay A. , TUYSUZ O. , DEMIRER A., AMELIN N., PETROV E.

MARINE AND PETROLEUM GEOLOGY, vol.59, pp.638-655, 2015 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 59
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2014.08.017
  • Page Numbers: pp.638-655


This work is based upon results of interpretation of about 8872 km-long regional seismic lines acquired in 2011 within the international project Geology Without Limits in the Black Sea. The seismic lines cover nearly the entire Black Sea Basins, including Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria sectors. A new map of acoustic basement relief and a new tectonic structure scheme are constructed for the Black Sea Basins. The basement of the Black Sea includes areas with oceanic crust and areas with highly rifted continental crust. A chain of buried seamounts, which were interpreted as submarine volcanoes of Late Cretaceous (Santonian to Campanian) age, has been identified to the north of the Turkish coast. On the Shatsky Ridge, probable volcanoes of Albian age have also been recognized. Synorogenic turbidite sequences of Paleocene, Eocene and Oligocene ages have been mapped. In the Cenozoic, numerous compressional and transpressional structures were formed in different parts of the Black Sea Basin. During the Pleistocene Quaternary, turbidites, mass-transport deposits and leveed channels were formed in the distal part of the Danube Delta. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.