Distribution of Plio-Pleistocene and Modern Coarse-Grained Deltas South of the Gulf of Corinth, Greece

  1. L. E. Frostick2 and
  2. R. J. Steel3
  1. M. Seger and
  2. J. Alexander

Published Online: 16 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304053.ch3

Tectonic Controls and Signatures in Sedimentary Successions

Tectonic Controls and Signatures in Sedimentary Successions

How to Cite

Seger, M. and Alexander, J. (1994) Distribution of Plio-Pleistocene and Modern Coarse-Grained Deltas South of the Gulf of Corinth, Greece, in Tectonic Controls and Signatures in Sedimentary Successions (eds L. E. Frostick and R. J. Steel), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304053.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Reading, UK

  2. 3

    Bergen, Norway

Author Information

  1. Department of Geology, University of Wales College of Cardiff, PO Box 914, Cardiff, CF1 3YE, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 FEB 1994

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780632037452

Online ISBN: 9781444304053



  • Plio-Pleistocene and modern coarse-grained deltas;
  • sedimentation and erosion in response to geomorphic features;
  • tectonic history and basin structure;
  • Hellinide Massif;
  • Plio-Pleistocene Gilbert-type delta deposits;
  • drainage into Gulf of Corinth and drainage patterns;
  • tectono-geomorphic evolution of Gulf of Corinth


Geomorphology is strongly controlled by surface deformation in areas of active tectonism and distinct ‘tectonic geomorphologies’ develop. There is a close relationship between geomorphology and processes of erosion and sedimentation. Sediment distribution patterns along the southern margin of the Gulf of Corinth are controlled by the inherited pre-rift geomorphology, the evolving tectonic geomorphology, and both Mesozoic basement and basin-fill lithologies (exposed Neogene sediments). Drainage basin characteristics have a particularly important control on sediment yield and the location and nature of coarse-grained deltas. Tectonic extension in the Gulf of Corinth Basin has been concentrated along WNW–ESE trending normal faults which define prominent topographical boundaries between the Hellenide Massif of the North Peloponnese, uplifted Neogene sediments and the seismically active Gulf of Corinth. A series of offlapping, Plio-Pleistocene ‘Gilbert-type’ deltas step down to the southern shore of the Gulf. Topsets are located at altitudes up to 1700m and foresets are up to 700 m thick. Successive delta abandonment is attributed to uplift of the North Peloponnese and northward migration of faulting activity. Modern deltas are restricted to the west part of the area, whereas older deltas occur throughout the exposed Neogene basin fill. Differential movement between fault blocks coupled with regional uplift caused reversal of drainage across fault blocks, channel incision, development of new drainage basins on the emergent Neogene sediments and sediment starvation in the east of the basin.