A fore-arc origin for the Thrace Basin, NW Turkey

Gorur N., Okay A.

International Journal of Earth Sciences, vol.85, no.4, pp.662-668, 1996 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 85 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s005310050104
  • Journal Name: International Journal of Earth Sciences
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.662-668
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Hydrocarbon-bearing Thrace Basin occupies much of the European part of Turkey. The Middle Eocene to Oligocene sequence in the centre of the basin exceeds 9 km in thickness. Based on the stratigraphy, structure and the regional context of this basin, we propose that it developed as a fore-arc basin between the medial Eocene and the Oligocene, above the northward subducting Intra-Pontide Ocean. Its post-Miocene history has been dominated mainly by wrench tectonics resulting from the activity of the now-deactivated northwestern strand of the present-day North Anatolian fault zone. © Springer-Verlag 1996.