Mud Volcanism, Geodynamics and Seismicity of Azerbaijan and the Caspian Sea Region

  • Behrouz M. Panahi
Part of the NATO Science Series book series (NAIV, volume 51)

Abstract

A dramatic activation of geodynamic processes of a natural and technogenic origin has been observed within the Azerbaijan and the Caspian Sea area for the last decade. It is evident this activation observed due to the unique geodynamics of the region which associated with peculiarities of geological structure — in particular, with a very thick and young sedimentary cover. Geological and thermodynamic conditions of sedimentary cover have formed the situation of an extremely non-balanced phase and mechanical instability. Most part of the earthquakes sources are confined to the sedimentary cover and mud volcanism is widely spread there. Space and time correlation of seismicity and mud volcanism testify that relationship mechanism is of a specific character and may be stipulated by re-organization of acting stress fields as a result of internal processes in the sedimentary thick.

Key words

earthquake eruption mud volcanism seismicity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Behrouz M. Panahi
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  1. 1.Geology InstituteAzerbaijan National Academy of SciencesBakuAzerbaijan

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