Structure of the Nemrut caldera (Eastern Anatolia, Turkey) and associated hydrothermal fluid circulation


ULUSOY İ. , LABAZUY P., AYDAR E. , ERSOY O., Cubukcu E.

JOURNAL OF VOLCANOLOGY AND GEOTHERMAL RESEARCH, cilt.174, ss.269-283, 2008 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 174 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 2008
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2008.02.012
  • Dergi Adı: JOURNAL OF VOLCANOLOGY AND GEOTHERMAL RESEARCH
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.269-283

Özet

Plio-Quaternary volcanism played an important role in the present physical state of Eastern Anatolia. Mount Nemrut, situated to the west of Lake Van is one of the main volcanic centers in the region, with a spectacular summit caldera 8.5 x 7 km in diameter. The most recent eruptions of the volcano were in 1441, 1597 and 1692. Nemrut Lake covers the western half of the caldera; it is a deep, half-bowl-shaped lake with a maximum depth of 176 m. Numerous eruption centers are exposed within the caldera as a consequence of magma-water interaction. Current activity of Nemrut caldera is revealed as hot springs, fumaroles and a small, hot lake. Self-potential and bathymetric surveys carried out in the caldera were used to characterize the structure of the caldera and the associated hydrothermal fluid circulation. In addition, analyses based on digital elevation models and satellite imagery were used to improve our knowledge about the structure of the caldera. According to SP results, the flanks of the volcano represent "the hydrogeologic zone", whereas the intra-caldera region is an "active hydrothermal area" where the fluid circulation is controlled by structural discontinuities. There is also a northern fissure zone which exhibits hydrothermal signatures. Nemrut caldera collapsed piecemeal, with three main blocks. Stress controlling the collapse mechanism seems to be highly affected by the regional neotectonic regime. In addition to the historical activity, current hydrothermal and hydrogeologic conditions in the caldera, in which there is a large lake and shallow water table, increase the risk of the quiescent volcano. (c) 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.