Inversion structures across the crest of the Larnaka Ridge associated with strike-slip faulting during the uppermost Messinian-Quaternary, eastern Mediterranean

Aksu A. E., Hall J., Yaltirak C.

TECTONOPHYSICS, vol.814, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 814
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.tecto.2021.228953
  • Journal Name: TECTONOPHYSICS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Aerospace Database, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), Artic & Antarctic Regions, Communication Abstracts, INSPEC, Metadex, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Keywords: Strike-slip faults, Latakia Basin, Latakia Ridge, Eastern Mediterranean, Regional tectonics, Seismic stratigraphy, Tension cracks, ANAXIMANDER MOUNTAINS, NEOGENE EVOLUTION, ERATOSTHENES SEAMOUNT, LATAKIA BASIN, CYPRUS ARCS, EVAPORITES, JUNCTION, ZONE, COMPLEX, RHODES
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The structural evolution of the Larnaka Ridge is studied using high-resolution multichannel seismic reflection profiles and multibeam mosaics of the seafloor. Multibeam maps revealed the presence of two families of enechelon tension cracks (young and old) on the seafloor north of the ridge. Rose diagram on the young tension cracks revealed that most lineations are oriented NW-SE, where the instantaneous tensile sigma 3 is oriented NE-SW. The old tension cracks are oriented N-S, here the instantaneous tensile sigma 3 is oriented E-W. In addition, the seafloor in the Latakia Basin and over the crest of the Latakia Ridge includes by several prominent ridges and their intervening valleys, forming four groups of seafloor lineations, each having a distinctive orientation, including ENE-WSW, ESE-WNW, NE-SW and NNW-SSE.