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Title: Geodetic evidence for continuing tectonic activity of the Carboneras fault (SE Spain)
Author: Echeverria Moreno, Ana
Khazaradze, Giorgi
Asensio Ferreira, Eva
Masana, Eulàlia
Keywords: Geomorfologia
Falles (Geologia)
Carboneras (Andalusia)
Faults (Geology)
Carboneras (Andalusia)
Issue Date: 17-Jun-2015
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Abstract: The Carboneras fault zone (CFZ) is a prominent onshore offshore strike slip fault that forms part of the Eastern Betic Shear Zone (EBSZ), located in SE Spain. In this work, we show for the first time, the continuing tectonic ac- tivity of the CFZ and quantify its geodetic slip-rates using continuous and campaign GPS observations conducted during the last decade. We find that the left-lateral motion dominates the kinematics of the CFZ, with a strike slip rate of 1.3 ± 0.2 mm/yr along the N48° direction. The shortening component is significantly lower and poorly constrained. Recent onshore and offshore paleoseismic and geomorphic results across the CFZ suggest a mini- mum Late Pleistocene to present-day strike slip rate of 1.1 mm/yr. Considering the similarity of the geologic and geodetic slip rates measured at different points along the fault, the northern segment of the CFZ must have been slipping approximately at a constant rate during the Quaternary. Regarding the eastern Alpujarras fault zone corridor (AFZ), located to the north of the CFZ, our GPS measurements corroborate that this zone is ac- tive and exhibits a right-lateral motion. These opposite type strike slip motion across the AFZ and CFZ is a result of a push-type force due to Nubia and Eurasia plate convergence, which, in turn, causes the westward escape of the block bounded by these two fault zones.
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It is part of: Tectonophysics, 2015, vol. 663, p. 302-309
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ISSN: 0040-1951
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