The Fethiye-Burdur Fault Zone: A component of upper plate extension of the subduction transform edge propagator fault linking Hellenic and Cyprus Arcs, Eastern Mediterranean

Hall J., AKSU A. E., ELITEZ I., Yaltırak C., Cifci G.

TECTONOPHYSICS, vol.635, pp.80-99, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 635
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.tecto.2014.05.002
  • Journal Name: TECTONOPHYSICS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.80-99
  • Keywords: Eastern Mediterranean, Rhodes Basin, Pliocene-Quaternary tectonics, Fethiye-Burdur-Fault Zone, Pliny-Strabo Trenches, Basin evolution, ISPARTA ANGLE, ANAXIMANDER MOUNTAINS, NEOTECTONIC EVOLUTION, FOCAL MECHANISMS, WESTERN TAURIDES, TECTONIC CONTROL, SLAB DETACHMENT, ANTALYA BASIN, RHODES BASIN, MIOCENE
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The Hellenic and Cyprus Arcs, that mark the convergent boundary of the African and Aegean-Anatolian plates, are offset along a subduction transform edge propagator ('STEP') fault running NE-SW along the Pliny and Strabo Trenches. The continuation of the fault to the northeast through the Rhodes Basin and into SW Anatolia is assessed. Seismic reflection profiles show that the structural architecture of the northern sector of the Rhodes Basin includes a large crustal-scale fold-thrust belt which is overprinted by numerous faults with small extensional stratigraphic separations. A protracted episode of convergence in the Miocene resulted in the development of a prominent NE-SW-striking and NW-verging fold-thrust belt in the Rhodes Basin. The absence of evaporites in the Rhodes Basin and several seaward prograded vertically stacked Quaternary delta successions resting at 2500-3500 m water depth collectively suggest that the Rhodes Basin must have remained above the depositional base of marine evaporite environment during the Messinian and that the region must have subsided very rapidly during the Pliocene-Quaternary. During the Pliocene-Quaternary, a NE-SW-trending belt developed across the Rhodes Basin: while the structural framework of this belt was characterised by reactivated thrusts in the central portion of the basin, a prominent zone of NE-SW-striking and NW- and SE-dipping faults with extensional separations developed in the northern portion of the basin. Two seismic profiles running parallel to the present-day coastline provide the much needed linkage between the Fethiye-Burdur Fault Zone onland and the reactivated thrusts in central Rhodes Basin, and show that the Pliocene-Quaternary zone of high-angle faults with extensional separations clearly link with the similarly trending and dipping strike-slip faults onland in the Esen Valley, thus providing the continuity between the Pliny-Strabo Trenches in the southwest and the Fethiye-Burdur Fault Zone in the northeast. Mapping of many faults in parts of the Fethiye-Burdur Fault Zone shows evidence for sinistral strike-slip but total displacement across the fault zone is at maximum a few tens of kilometres. The STEP fault thus appears to have diminishing displacement associated with it as it propagates upwards into the upper plate from its originating tear in the subducting plate. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.