Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
Seismotectonics Of Strike-Slip Faults JFM 627 0 3 + 0 3 6
Precondition Courses
Recommended Optional Courses
Course Language Turkish
Course Level Doctorate Degree
Course Type Optional
Course Coordinator Prof.Dr. MURAT UTKUCU
Course Lecturers
Course Assistants
Course Category Available Basic Education in the Field
Course Objective

To explain and introduce seismotectonic features of the strike-slip faults, which cause earthquake hazard for a number of highly populated and developed regions on the Earth including Marmara Region of Turkey, and of the two strike-slip fault systems (North and East Anatolian Fault Zones) produced devastating earthquakes in Turkey to the graduate students studying topics directly or indirectly related with Earth Sciences. The fact that North Anatolian Fault Zone passes close to the main campus of Sakarya University, caused the depression that host Sapanca Lake and produced 1999 İzmit earthquake could be introduced as a necessity for this graduate course.

Course Content

Global distribution, classification, terminology, structural-geometrical properties, seismicity and segmentation of the strike-slip faults; Riedel experiment and deformation ellipsoid; Tectonic geomorphology of the strike-slip faults; Properties of the continental scale strike-slip faults in depth domain; Converging and diverging strike-slip tectonics; Trancurrent, transform and wrench faults; Secondary faultings and sedimentary basins developing along the strike-slip faults; Earthquake rupture nucleation, propagation and arrest and focal mechanisms along the strike-slip faults; Structural-geometrical properties, segmentation and seismicity of the North and East Anatolian Fault Zones.

# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 Realizes the types of strike-slip faults Lecture, Question-Answer, Testing,
2 Draws 2-Dimension deformation ellipsoid Lecture, Question-Answer, Testing,
3 Summarizes global distribution of strike-slip fault environments on a global tectonic map. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing,
4 Explains by drawing the properties of the continental shear zone in the depth dimension. Lecture, Question-Answer, Testing,
5 Relates the coseismic structures developed along a strike-slip fault to the stress axes. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing, Homework,
6 Lists landscapes associated with the strike-slip faults Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing,
7 From a surface rupture map associated with a strike-slip faulting evaluates the effect of the fault zone discontinuities on the faulting. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing, Homework,
8 Realizes the distribution of the strike-slip faults in Turkey. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing, Performance Task,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 Strike-slip faults: Classification, terminology and global distribution.
2 Deformation elypsoid and Riedel eaxperiment
3 Srike-slip faults: Structural and geometrical features
4 Depth dimension of the strike-slip faults.
5 Srike-slip faults: Seismicity and segmentation
6 Srike-slip faults: Tectonic geomorphology
7 Converging and diverging strike-slip tectonics; Trancurrent, transform and wrench faults
8 Sedimentary basins developing along the strike-slip faults
9 Srike-slip faults and earthquake mechanics-I
10 Srike-slip faults and earthquake mechanics-II
11 North Anatolian Fault Zone: Structural and geometrical properties.
12 North Anatolian Fault Zone: Segmentation and seismicity.
13 East Anatolian Fault Zone: Structural and geometrical properties.
14 East Anatolian Fault Zone: Segmentation and seismicity.
Course Notes <p>Prof.Dr. Murat UTKUCU, course&nbsp;presantations.</p>
Course Resources

Tchalenko, J.S., Similarities between shear zones of different magnitudes, Geol. Soc. Am. Bull., 81, 1625-1640, 1970.

Dewey, JW, Seismicity of Northern Anatolia, BSSA 66, 843-868, 1976.

Bingöl, E., Doğrultu atım sorunu ve jeoljisi, MTA Genel Müdürlüğü Eğitim Serisi No28, Ankara, 72 sf, 1986.

Sylvester, A.G., Strike-slip faults, Geol. Soc. Am. Bull. 100, 1666-1703, 1988.

Barka, A.A., and Kadinsky-Cade, K., Strike-slip fault geometry in Turkey and its influence on earthquake activity, Tectonics, 7, 663-684, 1988.

Ambraseys, N.N. Temporary seismic quiescience: SE Turkey. Geophysical Journal, 96, 311-331, 1989.

Şaroğlu, F., Emre, Ö. and Kuşçu, İ., The East Anatolian fault zone of Turkey, Annales Tectonicae, Special Issue-Supplement to Volume 6, 99-125, 1992.

Scholz, C.H., The mechanics of earthquakes and faulting, Cambridge University Press, 439pp, 1992.

Nilsen, T.H., and Sylvester, A.G., Strike-slip basins, in Busby, C.J., and Ingersoll, R.V., eds., Tectonics of Sedimentary Basins: Blackwell Science, Cambridge, MA, p.425-457, 1995.

Yeats, S.R., Allen, C.R. and Sieh, K.E., Geology of earthquakes, Oxford University Pres, 576pp, 1996.

Bozkurt, E., Neotectonics of Turkey-a synthesis, Geodynamica Acta, 14, 3-30, 2001.

Order Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 ability to access wide and deep information with scientific researches in the field of Engineering, evaluate, interpret and implement the knowledge gained in his/her field of study
2 ability to complete and implement “limited or incomplete data” by using the scientific methods.
3 ability to consolidate engineering problems, develop proper method(s) to solve and apply the innovative solutions to them
4 ability to develop new and original ideas and method(s), to develop new innovative solutions at design of system, component or process
5 gain comprehensive information on modern techniques, methods and their borders which are being applied to engineering
6 ability to design and apply analytical, modelling and experimental based research, analyze and interpret the faced complex issues during the design and apply process
7 gain high level ability to define the required information and data
8 ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams and to take responsibility to define approaches for complex situations
9 systematic and clear verbal or written transfer of the process and results of studies at national and international environments
10 aware of social, scientific and ethical values guarding adequacy at all professional activities and at the stage of data collection, interpretation and announcement
11 aware of new and developing application of profession and ability to analyze and study on those applications
12 ability to interpret engineering application’s social and environmental dimensions and it’s compliance with the social environment
Evaluation System
Semester Studies Contribution Rate
1. Ara Sınav 50
1. Ödev 25
1. Performans Görevi (Seminer) 25
Total 100
1. Yıl İçinin Başarıya 50
1. Final 50
Total 100
ECTS - Workload Activity Quantity Time (Hours) Total Workload (Hours)
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 16 3 48
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 16 2 32
Mid-terms 1 15 15
Assignment 1 15 15
Performance Task (Seminar) 1 15 15
Final examination 1 15 15
Total Workload 140
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 5.6
dersAKTSKredisi 6