This project is a collaboration between several US and Turkish research institutes to study the tectonics of the Marmara Sea. The Marmara Sea is composed of a set of submerged basins along the North Anatolian Fault (NAF) in Turkey. This 1500-km long fault is a major continental transform that ruptured in a series of destructive earthquakes in the 20th century. The only remaining seismic gap is the Marmara Sea near Istanbul, which constitutes a major seismic hazard. To investigate the tectonic history of the Marmara Sea we undertook a 19-day research cruise on the Turkish research vessel, the R/V K. Piri Reis, to collect high resolution multichannel seismic data that we are using to obtain detailed images of the faults and the layers of sediment that record the tectonic history of the Marmara Sea.
Turkish-American MArmara Multichannel (TAMAM)