Tectonic setting of Lesvos PDF Print E-mail

The Aegean region is characterized by intense tectonic activity. Crucial role in the kinematics of the Aegean region plays the northward subduction of the African lithospheric plate beneath the Aegean lithosphere. As the African plate moves northwards, strike slip displacements along the Dead Sea fault zone causes compression between the Arabian and the Eurasian plates. This process results in a crustal thickening of East Turkey. As a result, the Aegean and the Anatolian plates are being pushed westwards causing the extension of the Aegean region towards the eastern Mediterranean. This movement is expressed through the North Anatolian Fault and its extension into the Aegean Sea. The island of Lesvos belongs to the Aegean microplate and therefore it is affected from the extensional field of the Aegean.

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