In a recent paper (Armijo et al., 1999), we presented evidence for young folding and for a large (70 km) right-lateral offset across the main branch of the North Anatolian fault in the Dardanelles Straits area. We used this information to make a reconstruction of the entire Sea of Marmara region, prior to the fault propagation across it. This reconstruction implies total dextral slip of 85 km in the past 5 m.y., an inference that appears critical to our understanding of the North Anatolian fault.

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Different structural interpretations had been previously proposed for the Dardanelles area (e.g., Şengör...

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