Activity level of tectonic basins, western section of the North Anatolian Fault Zone, Turkey

SARP G., Toprak V., Duzgun S.

INTERNATIONAL GEOLOGY REVIEW, vol.55, no.3, pp.350-366, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 55 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00206814.2012.710373
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.350-366
  • Süleyman Demirel University Affiliated: Yes


We employed quantitative techniques to investigate tectonic activity levels and development stages of the Bolu, Yenicaga, Dortdivan, Cerkes, Ilgaz, and Tosya structural basins along the western portions of the main trace of the North Anatolian Fault Zone (NAFZ). Our methodology incorporates six morphometric indices: basin shape (basin elongation and compactness), hypsometric integral, mountain-front sinuosity, stream length gradient index, valley floor width-to-height ratio, and asymmetry factor, obtained from the digital elevation model of the region generated from 1/25,000-scale topographic maps. These indices are integrated within the framework of an analytical hierarchy process to provide relative activity level values of the individual basins. The new analyses indicate that the basins have contrasting tectonic activity characteristics. Judging from the applied indices, the relative increasing order of the tectonic basin activity is Dortdivan, Cerkes, Yenicaga, Ilgaz, Tosya, and Bolu. Among the basins located to the north of the NAFZ, the activity decreases eastwards, whereas to the south of this profound fault zone, it decreases towards the west.