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Turkey’s latest energy report by US Energy Information Admin.

February 4, 2013

“Turkey’s importance in the energy markets is growing, both as a regional energy transit hub and as a growing consumer. Turkey’s energy demand has increased rapidly over the last few years and likely will continue to grow in the future.” US Energy Information Admin. has published a report about Turkey energy report. You can reach the full text from


Late autumn–winter precipitation in northeast Turkey

January 27, 2012

Jex et al. published a short paper in Quaternary Research about speleothem-derived reconstruction of late autumn–winter precipitation in Gümüşhane, northeast Turkey. The observation goes back to ~ AD 1500 leading to the first long winter precipitation reconstruction for this region. Please refer to for more information.

Source: Ansto

Remarkably extensive glaciation in Turkey near the Pleistocene-Holocene boundary

December 26, 2011

A new paper was published in GSA’s Journal of Geology by Zreda and others in November 2011. This is their media paragraph published in the journal’s web site: “Looking at how climate changed in the geological past can provide a useful perspective for studying modern climate change and for predicting climate changes in the next century. Dr Marek Zreda of the University of Arizona and his colleagues used mountain moraines to reconstruct the former glaciers and to determine climatic changes in Turkey at the beginning of the Holocene, the current interglacial epoch. They found that the glaciers were unusually large for that time, with snow lines lower than today by more than 1400 meters, implying a temperature 9°C lower than modern long-term average temperature. The main glacier melting phase lasted 500 years during which the ice margin retreated at the average rate of 1700 m per century, which is higher than modern gracier retreat rates computed over comparable time. This corresponds to the temperature increase at the rate of 1.4°C per century, which exceeds the global warming trend of the past century, 0.6°C, showing that natural causes can lead to fast and large climate changes, and that the magnitude and the rate of climate change observed in the past century are not unprecedented.” Please see more details and the paper here doi:10.1130/G32097.1

Ground-base LIDAR on the North Anatolian Fault

December 25, 2011

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Karabacak et al. have published a study of the surface creep along the North Anatolian Fault in the EPSL. They used a ground-based light detection and ranging (LIDAR) system on an unreported site where three manmade walls across the fault were monitored for 3 yrs between 2007 and 2009. They found that 50–70% of the yearly slip accumulates on the faults creep section. Please find more info here doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2011.01.017

7.2M earthquake in the Eastern Turkey

October 24, 2011

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake occurred in eastern Turkey on 23 October 2011 on noon local time. CNN reports that several buildings have collapsed in Van Province.

Source: USGS

63rd Turkish Geological Congress

April 7, 2010

The 63rd Geological Congress of Turkey, one of the Turkey‘s most important and long-term scientific conference, is held in Ankara this week (5-9 April 2010). This traditional conference is featuring numerous oral and poster presentations from many leading scholars and experts in and out of Turkey, on the latest geological research in a wide range of themes, including tectonics, paleomagnetism, sedimentology, mineralogy, volcanism, geochemistry, paleontology and many others. You can visit and see the current program and abstracts from

Hello world!, and Merhaba Turkiye

March 19, 2010


Welcome to my new blog which I will share the recent geological news that I have found interesting about Turkey. For now, the language of the blog will be in English. But, I will post news in Turkish as well. I hope you will find this website interesting, and if you want to share your comments, please send an email to me.

Mehmet Akif SARIKAYA, PhD