The Pliocene-Quaternary tectonic evolution of the Cilicia and Adana basins, eastern Mediterranean: Special reference to the development of the Kozan Fault zone

Aksu A. E. , WALSH-KENNEDY S., HALL J., HISCOTT R. N. , Yaltırak C. , Akhun S. D. , ...More

TECTONOPHYSICS, vol.622, pp.22-43, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 622
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.tecto.2014.03.025
  • Title of Journal : TECTONOPHYSICS
  • Page Numbers: pp.22-43


A grid of high-resolution multi-channel seismic reflection profiles allows the detailed mapping of the Kozan Fault zone in the Cilicia and Adana basins. The zone is delineated by an arcuate zone consisting of several ENE-WSW and NNE-SSW striking, closely-spaced high-angle extensional faults which define an similar to 300 km long and 15-20 km-wide "lazy-S" shaped structure along the southeastern fringes of the Taurus Mountain and along the northwestern margins of the Cilicia and Adana basins. In the Cilicia Basin the zone consists of several high-angle faults which exhibit small dip separations on the M-reflector and have tip points situated mainly in the lower and middle portion of the Pliocene-Quaternary succession. In the Adana Basin a family of northeast-striking and southeast dipping extensional faults occurs along the western and northwestern margin of the basin. The faults cut down with relatively steep dip into the similar to 700 ms thick Tortonian and older Miocene successions.