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Active Global Seismology: Neotectonics and Earthquake Potential of the Eastern Mediterranean Region

Ibrahim Cemen (Editor), Yucel Yilmaz (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-94498-1
306 pages
April 2017, American Geophysical Union
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Neotectonics involves the study of the motions and deformations of the Earth's crust that are current or recent in geologic time. The Mediterranean region is one of the most important regions for neotectonics and related natural hazards. This volume focuses on the neotectonics of the Eastern Mediterranean region, which has experienced many major extensive earthquakes, including the devastating Izmit, Turkey earthquake on August 17, 1999. The event lasted for 37 seconds, killing around 17,000 people, injuring 44,000 people, and leaving approximately half a million people homeless. Since then, several North American, European, and Turkish research groups have studied the neotectonics and earthquake potential of the region using different geological and geophysical methods, including GPS studies, geodesy, and passive source seismology. Some results from their studies were presented in major North American and European geological meetings.

This volume highlights the work involving the Eastern Mediterranean region, which has one of the world's longest and best studied active strike-slip (horizontal motion) faults: the east-west trending North Anatolian fault zone, which is very similar to the San Andreas fault in California. This volume features discussions of:

  • Widespread applications in measuring plate motion that have strong implications in predicting natural disasters like earthquakes, both on a regional and a global scale
  • Recent motions, particularly those produced by earthquakes, that provide insights on the physics of earthquake recurrence, the growth of mountains, orogenic movements, and seismic hazards
  • Unique methodical approaches in collecting tectonophysical data, including field, seismic, experimental, computer-based, and theoretical approaches.

Active Global Seismology is a valuable resource for geoscientists, particularly in the field of tectonophysics, geophysics, geodynamics, seismology, structural geology, environmental geology, and geoengineering.


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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Neotectonics and Earthquake Potential of the Eastern Mediterranean Region: Introduction

I. Ҫemen and Y. Yilmaz

Section I - Morphotectonic characteristics of Neotectonics in Anatolia and its surroundings

Chapter 2 Morphotectonic development of Anatolia and the surrounding regions (Y. Yýlmaz) 

Chapter 3 Diversion of river courses across major strike-slip faults and keirogens (A.M.C. Þengör)

Section II - Neotectonics of the Aegean-Western Anatolian Region

Chapter 4 Effect of Slab-Tear on crustal structure in Southwestern Anatolia: Insight from Gravity   Data Modelling by Mahatsente, R., Alemdar, S. and Çemen, I.

Chapter 5 Geodynamical models for lithospheric delamination in an orogenic setting by Gogus, O., Pysklywec, R., and Faccenna, C.

Chapter 6 Major Problems of Western Anatolian Geology by Y Yýlmaz

Chapter 7 The Çataldað Plutonic complex in western Anatolia; roles of different granites on the crustal build-up in connection with the core complex development by Kamacý,  O.,  Unal A.,  Altunkaynak, S.,  Billor, M. Z., and Georgiev,  S.

Section III: Seismotectonic in the eastern Mediterranean Region

Chapter 8 Fault Structures in Marmara Sea (Turkey) and their Connection to Earthquake Generation Processes by M. Aktar

Chapter 9 The North Aegean active fault pattern and the May 24, 2014, Mw 6.9 earthquake by Sboras, S. Chatzipetros, A. Pavlides, S.

Chapter 10 Seismic intensity maps for the eastern part of North Anatolian Fault zone Turkey based on recorded and simulated ground motion data by Askan, A., Karimzadeh, S., and Bilal, M.

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