Geological parameters affecting the marble production in the quarries along the southern flank of the Menderes Massif, in SW Turkey

YAVUZ A. B., Turk N., Koca M.

ENGINEERING GEOLOGY, vol.80, pp.214-241, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 80
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.enggeo.2005.05.003
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.214-241
  • Keywords: Menderes Massif, marble production, marble quarries, Mugla, Turkey
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


The Mugla province is one of the major marble producing regions located in the southern flank of the Menderes Massif in SW Turkey. The Menderes Massif is a regionally metamorphosed massif with an old Pan-African core and cover successions from the Permo-Carboniferous to Paleocene. There are four major metamorphic carbonate horizons in the cover successions exploited for the marble production. These horizons are located within the Permo-Carboniferous, Triassic, Upper Cretaceous and Paleocene successions along the southern flank of the Menderes Massif Here the world wide known marbles with names such as the Mugla Black, the Milas White, Veined, Pearl, Aubergine, Lilac and Lemony, the Mugla White and the Aegean Bordeaux are found.