The Wednesday Centerfault (4)

This day’s Centerfault is the Sparta Fault in southern Greece (37.1°N 23.3°E). Being situated on the Peloponessus, the fault marks one of the most prominent geomorphological features of the peninsula. It is famous for the historical 464 BC earthquake that destroyed ancient Sparta. However,  the days of Spartian glory ended much later after a severe military defeat in the battle of Leuctra in 371 BC, Sparta never fully recovered. Continue reading “The Wednesday Centerfault (4)”

Registration and abstract submission open until 23rd of May 2011

Dear friends and colleagues, we have decided to leave the registration and abstract submission open until 23rd of May, 2011. We have already 87 registrations from more than 25 countries and a huge number of abstracts. So, if you like to submit, you are welcome.

For those, who are already planning the Corinth trip, here you will find the train schedule from the Airport of Athens to Corinth (Train schedule from Airport to Corinth station) and of course, the departure from Corinth to the airport (Train schedule from Corinth to the Airport).

Active and Inactive Faults

Following Tomas post let’s stay a little longer on the Corinth Canal. The 6 km long famous Corinth Canal despite being an amazing feat of engineering, since it was constructed 120 year ago, it’s also a geology field trip favourite because it is basically a MEGA TRENCH.

More than 40 faults can be identified some of them offsetting the entire sedimentary column, whereas others are confined within the lower sediments. Therefore, this photo shows a very nice example of an active and inactive fault within the same outcrop. You can rarely see something like that and this is a unique site where everybody can see and comprehend it.

View of an active and inactive fault
View of an active and inactive fault
Faults also die.
Faults also die.

It shows also that faults die. This is very important because there are numerous faults in the crust, however the majority of them are inactive (e.g. can not give an earthquake today, but they did so in the past). So for earthquake geologists their first major goal is to identify which of the faults they map are active (e.g. can generate earthquakes today and represent seismic sources).

Faults also die.