Geodetic evidence for passive control of a major Miocene tectonic boundary on the contemporary deformation field of Athens (Greece)

Michael Foumelis, Ioannis Fountoulis, Ioannis D. Papanikolaou, Dimitrios Papanikolaou


A GPS-derived velocity field is presented from a dense geodetic network (~5km distance between stations) established in the broader area of Athens. It shows significant local variations of strain rates across a major inactive tectonic boundary separating metamorphic and non-metamorphic geotectonic units. The southeastern part of Athens plain displays negligible deformation rates, whereas towards the northwestern part higher strain rates are observed, indicating the control of the inactive tectonic boundary on the contemporary deformation field of the region. These findings are in agreement with previous geological observations, however, due to the dense local GPS network it was fatherly possible to localize and quantify the effect of such a major inherited tectonic feature on the deformation pattern of the area.


Crustal Deformation; GPS; Strain; Athens; Greece

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Published by INGV, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia - ISSN: 2037-416X