Structural controls on distribution of dolines on Mount Anamas (Taurus Mountains, Turkey)

Ozturk M. Z., Sener M. F., Sener M., Simsek M.

GEOMORPHOLOGY, vol.317, pp.107-116, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 317
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2018.05.023
  • Journal Name: GEOMORPHOLOGY
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.107-116
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Solution dolines are characteristic landforms on the high plateaus of the Taurus Mountains. In this study, the effects of tectonic structures, drainage and slope conditions on the distribution and morphometric properties of dolines in the western part of the Central Taurus are explained. To delimit the dolines, 1/25000 scale topographic maps were used. The uppermost closed contour lines were digitized as polygons and the elevation, long and short axes, elongation ratios, orientation angles of the polygons were calculated. The doline density is compared with drainage density and mean slope values. A total of 111 rose diagrams were created in order to illustrate the superficial distribution of orientation. As a result, a total of 10,652 dolines were detected in a 711 km(2) doline area and maximum density reaches 123 dolines/km(2). However, according to the doline density, two distinct regions were detected, high density (RI) and low density (R2). Correlations between drainage density, slope angle and doline density are negative in the two regions. According to negative correlations, the drainage density is not a determinant factor in RI, while it is a determinant factor in R2. A 30 degrees slope angle (in km2) limits doline distribution on the plateau surface.