Pore fluid chemistry of the North Anatolian Fault Zone in the Sea of Marmara: A diversity of sources and processes

Type Article
Date 2010-10
Language English
Author(s) Tryon M. D.1, Henry P.2, Cagatay M. N.3, Zitter T. A. C.2, Geli LouisORCID4, Gasperini L.5, Burnard P.6, Bourlange S.6, Grall Celine2
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ Calif San Diego, Scripps Inst Oceanog, La Jolla, CA 92093 USA.
2 : Coll France, Chaire Geodynam, CEREGE, F-13545 Aix En Provence 04, France.
3 : Istanbul Tech Univ, Dept Geol, Fac Mines, TR-34469 Istanbul, Turkey.
4 : IFREMER, Dept Marine Geosci, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
5 : CNR, ISMAR, I-40129 Bologna, Italy.
6 : CRPG, F-54501 Vandoeuvre Les Nancy, France.
Source Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems (1525-2027) (Amer Geophysical Union), 2010-10 , Vol. 11 , P. 1-22
DOI 10.1029/2010GC003177
WOS© Times Cited 27
Keyword(s) pore fluid, fluid seeps, marine hydrogeology, methane seeps, Sea of Marmara, North Anatolian Fault
Abstract As part of the 2007 Marnaut cruise in the Sea of Marmara, an investigation of the pore fluid chemistry of sites along the Main Marmara Fault zone was conducted. The goal was to define the spatial relationship between active faults and fluid outlets and to determine the sources and evolution of the fluids. Sites included basin bounding transtensional faults and strike-slip faults cutting through the topographic highs. The basin pore fluids are dominated by simple mixing of bottom water with a brackish, low-density Pleistocene Lake Marmara end-member that is advecting buoyantly and/or diffusing from a relatively shallow depth. This mix is overprinted by shallow redox reactions and carbonate precipitation. The ridge sites are more complex with evidence for deep-sourced fluids including thermogenic gas and evidence for both silicate and carbonate diagenetic processes. One site on the Western High displayed two mound structures that appear to be chemoherms atop a deep-seated fluid conduit. The fluids being expelled are brines of up to twice seawater salinity with an exotic fluid chemistry extremely high in Li, Sr, and Ba. Oil globules were observed both at the surface and in cores, and type II gas hydrates of thermogenic origin were recovered. Hydrate formation near the seafloor contributes to increase brine concentration but cannot explain their chemical composition, which appears to be influenced by diagenetic reactions at temperatures of 75 degrees C-150 degrees C. Hence, a potential source for fluids at this site is the water associated with the reservoir from which the gas and oil is seeping, which has been shown to be related to the Thrace Basin hydrocarbon system. Our work shows that submerged continental transform plate boundaries can be hydrologically active and exhibit a diversity of sources and processes.
Full Text
File Pages Size Access
Publisher's official version 22 1 MB Open access
Top of the page

How to cite 

Tryon M. D., Henry P., Cagatay M. N., Zitter T. A. C., Geli Louis, Gasperini L., Burnard P., Bourlange S., Grall Celine (2010). Pore fluid chemistry of the North Anatolian Fault Zone in the Sea of Marmara: A diversity of sources and processes. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 11, 1-22. Publisher's official version : https://doi.org/10.1029/2010GC003177 , Open Access version : https://archimer.ifremer.fr/doc/00017/12809/