A new paper was just published on Active faulting in the north-eastern Aegean Sea Islands. Our colleague Alex Chatzipetros and his co-authors investigated the distribution of seismicity and faulting pattern at the islands of Lemnos, Aghios Efstratios, Lesvos, Chios, Samos and Ikaria. From this data and field analyses they concluded on the effects of active faulting on the local geomorphology.
They show that “…as the deformation changes gradually from transtensional in the north to extensional in the south, so does the active faulting pattern.” and that “…faults may be explained as shears of the splayed North Anatolian Fault Zone.” Furthermore, “…the geomorphology of the islands is largely controlled by neotectonics.”
They have included some nice field photographs, although the sky is surprisingly grey for Greek Islands…
Chatzipetros, A., Kiratzi, A., Sboras, S., Zouros, N., Pavlides, S., 2012. Active faulting in the north-eastern Aegean Sea Islands. Tectonophysics, DOI: 10.1016/j.tecto.2012.11.026