IAG Symposium on Geodetic Deformation Monitoring - From Geophysical to Engineering Roles, Jaen, Spain, 17 - 19 March 2005, vol.131, pp.166-171
The North Anatolian Fault (NAF) is one of the longest active strike slip systems. Slip rate of the NAF was estimated from the GPS data as 2024mm/yrapproximately from previous studies. One of the important features of the NAF is seen in the central part. Here NAF consists of southward splitting concave branches. These splines generally have right-lateral slip and can be compared with Riedel fractures. The important splays are Sungurlu, Merzifon and Lacin faults. A new project "Determination of Kinematics along the North Anatolian Fault Branch between Ladik and Ilgaz with GPS Measurements", founded by The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) and Istanbul Technical University (ITU) Research Fund has been carried out in order to determine the magnitude and direction of the block movements in the region by using GPS since 2001. The knowledge about the neotectonics of the region with the contributions of geology and seismology after the GPS campaigns is expected to provide further information on the assessment of the earthquake potential.