Slab Induced Mantle Upwelling Beneath the Anatolian Plateau

Colton Lynner, Jonathan R. Delph, Daniel E. Portner, Susan L. Beck, Eric Sandvol, A. Arda Özacar

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The subducting African Plate in the easternmost Mediterranean is actively tearing and deforming beneath the Anatolian Plate as the margin transitions from long-lived subduction to collision. In central Anatolia, the subducting slab is characterized by both lateral and vertical slab tears. We investigate patterns of mantle flow around the edges of a contorting and fragmenting African slab segment, called the Cyprean slab, using measurements of shear wave splitting. We observe three distinct regions of coherent shear wave splitting that correlate with the segmentation boundaries of the Cyprean slab. Regionally coherent mantle flow occurs near both the eastern and western the edges of the slab. These regions of coherent splitting are separated by an area of null splitting that encompasses the Central Anatolian Volcanic Province near the easternmost edge of the slab. The null measurements likely result from mantle upwelling due to the displacement of asthenosphere from the vertical Cyprean slab.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere2021GL097451
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 16 2022


  • Anatolia
  • cyprean slab
  • mantle upwelling
  • seismic anisotropy
  • subduction dynamics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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