Abstract

Neogene and Quaternary sequences close to the western margin of the Axios basin, northern Greece, have been studied to investigate the nature and extent of their neotectonic deformation. Synsedimentary deformation is indicated by conjugate growth faults and shear zones, and by multiple angular unconformities. Where possible, palaeo-stress analysis has been carried out and the majority of the synsedimentary faults are shown to be dynamically controlled and to have developed in response to horizontal NNE-SSW extension. This result, which is consistent with recent earthquake focal mechanism studies in the region, suggests a similarity in the neotectonic evolution of the northern and southern Aegean areas during late Cenozoic times.

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