New active faults on Eurasian-Arabian collision zone: Tectonic activity of Ozyurt and Gulsunler faults (eastern Anatolian Plateau, Van-Turkey)

Dicle S., Uner S.

GEOLOGICA ACTA, vol.15, no.2, pp.107-120, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 15 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1344/geologicaacta2017.15.2.3
  • Journal Name: GEOLOGICA ACTA
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.107-120
  • Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Affiliated: Yes


The Eastern Anatolian Plateau emerges from the continental collision between Arabian and Eurasian plates where intense seismicity related to the ongoing convergence characterizes the. southern part of the plateau. Active deformation in this zone is shared by mainly thrust and strike-slip faults. The Ozyurt thrust fault and the Gulsunler sinistral strike-slip fault are newly determined fault zones, located to the north of Van city centre. Different types of faults such as thrust, normal and strike-slip faults are observed on the quarry wall excavated in Quaternary lacustrine deposits at the intersection zone of these two faults. Kinematic analysis of fault-slip data has revealed coeval activities of transtensional and compressional structures for the Lake Van Basin. Seismological and geomorphological characteristics of these faults demonstrate the capability of devastating earthquakes for the area.