The relationship between Kestel Polje system and the Antalya Tufa Plateau: Their morphotectonic evolution in Isparta Angle, Antalya-Turkey

Doğan, Uğur; Koçyiğit, Ali; Yesilyurt, Serdar (2019). The relationship between Kestel Polje system and the Antalya Tufa Plateau: Their morphotectonic evolution in Isparta Angle, Antalya-Turkey. Geomorphology, 334, pp. 112-125. Elsevier Science 10.1016/j.geomorph.2019.03.003

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This paper focuses on the relation between two significant geomorphic features of the western Taurides: the Antalya Tufa Plateau and the structural Kestel polje system; revealing morphotectonic records of the formation and evolution of karst hydrology between the two features. Data were obtained by detailed mapping of faults, rocks, and geomorphic features. The evolutionary history of the area beginswith a nearly E-W-trending drainage systemwhich flowed on the erosional surfaces formed during late Langhian-earlyMessinian under the compressional tectonic regime. The running waters comprising the major drainage systemincised the valleys during the Messinian Salinity Crisis and partly in the Pliocene by over 200mdepth across the study area. Fromthe beginning of the Quaternary, a tensional tectonic regime became prominent and a series of graben-horst structures were formed. The Kestel polje system, consisting of five sub-poljes, developed within the graben structures which emerged in the upper basin of rivers during this period, and the middle part of the river valleyswere transformed into hanging valleys on the horsts. Thus, drainage of the Kestel polje systemand horsts (mountainous area) that bordered the polje to the eastwas enabled through underground karst conduits. Consequently, CaCO3 precipitating fromwaters coming out of the rich karst springs that fed the polje system and aquifers to the east formed the Antalya Tufa Plateau.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geological Sciences

UniBE Contributor:

Yesilyurt, Serdar


500 Science > 550 Earth sciences & geology




Elsevier Science




Serdar Yesilyurt

Date Deposited:

31 May 2019 14:32

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23 Oct 2019 08:52

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