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    • Keywords


      Geomorphic indices; middle Miocene; compression tectonics; Late Neogene–Quaternary; extensional faulting.

    • Abstract


      The Giouchtas Mountain is situated south of Heraklion, Central Crete. It is a N–S trending morphological asymmetric ridge with a steep western slope, whilst its eastern slope is characterized by a smoother relief, composed of Mesozoic limestone and Eocene–lower Oligocene flysch of the Gavrovo–Tripolis zone. The present study focusses on the structural pattern and development of Giouchtas Mountain. Morphotectonic analyses in combination with field mapping and tectonic analysis were performed for this purpose. GIS techniques were used for mapping the spatial distribution of the geological features on the topographic relief of the area. Geomorphic indices, used in the present study, are the mountain front sinuosity index (Smf) and the valley floor/width ratio index (Vf). Based on Smf and Vf values, it is implied that this area can be assigned to a tectonic class I, corresponding to higher tectonic activity. However, spatial variations of the tectonic activity along the segmented fronts point to a general trend of increasing activity towards the north and especially, northeast. The model of this possibly active structural feature corresponds to a compressional mechanism followed by an earliest Mid. Miocene to Holocene late-stage deformation related to extensional faulting.

    • Author Affiliations


      Kokinou Eleni1 Skilodimou Hariklia D2 Bathrellos George D2 Antonarakou Assimina2 Kamberis Evangelos3

      1. Department of Environmental & Natural Resources Engineering, Technological Educational Institute of Crete, 3 Romanou Str. Chalepa, Chania, Crete, GR 73133, Greece.
      2. Department of Geology & Geoenvironment, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, University Campus, Zografou, ZC 15784, Athens, Greece.
      3. Formerly, Hellenic Petroleum (Exploration and Exploitation of Hydrocarbons Division), 199 Kifissias Av., 15124 Maroussi, Athens, Greece.
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