U/Th dating of fissure ridge travertines from the Kirsehir region (Central Anatolia Turkey): structural relations and implications for the Neotectonic development of the Anatolian block

TEMİZ U., Gokten E., Eikenberg J.

GEODINAMICA ACTA, vol.22, no.4, pp.201-213, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.3166/ga.22.201-213
  • Journal Name: GEODINAMICA ACTA
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.201-213
  • Keywords: Kirsehir, Central Anatolia, travertine, U-series, dilation rate, neotectonics, BILZINGSLEBEN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE, FAULT ZONE, PLEISTOCENE, EVOLUTION, ROTATION
  • Yozgat Bozok University Affiliated: Yes


Travertines exposed in several locations in Central Anatolia are the important lithological product for the interpretation of local neotectonics. The fissure-type travertines provide significant information about stress orientation during, deposition. Two travertine masses cropping Out in the Kirsehir region have been studied and dated by the U-series method to obtain new chronological constraints, determine dilation rates and contribute to Studies on the recent tectonic evolution of the area. The Kusdili and Kayabasi travertine masses are located on the hanging wall of the Kirsehir Fault, similar to numerous fissure ridge handed travertine deposits which are inactive today in the region. While individual fissures of the Kusdili travertine mass (Late Pleistocene-Holocene) have been dilated at rates of between 0.303 and 0.386 mm yr(-1) during deposition. the Kayabasi travertine mass (Late Pleistocene) produced measured dilation rates of between 0.136 and 0.187 mm yr(-1). The central fissures, filled by handed travertine, roughly follow the ridge crests. While the ridge crest has a NNE-SSW trend in the Kayabasi travertine mass, the ridge crest of the Kusdili travertine mass shows a NE-SW trend. This difference may be related to (lie clockwise rotation of the stress tensors from Late Pleistocene to Late Pleistocene-Holocene in the region. (C) 2009 Lavoisier SAS. All rights reserved