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Volume 20 Number 4
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ABSTRACT

The analyses of about 800 km of Chirp sub‐bottom profilers and 600 km2 of Multibeam data acquired during the 2005 and 2007 surveys of the R/V OGS Explora, and their correlation with one new, and several public, multichannel seismic profiles, allow us to propose a relation between the distribution of gas seepages, fracture systems and deep salt features present in the Central Adriatic Sea. Gas seepage is evident from pockmarks on the seabed and in the shallow sub‐bottom, where acoustic chimneys and bright spots have been highlighted and analyzed. The Mid‐Adriatic Depression (MAD) is a distinct morphological feature in the Central Adriatic Sea elongated in a NE–SW direction. The area is affected by salt doming of Triassic evaporites which cause the two main alignments of the Mid‐Adriatic Ridge as far as the Palagruza High and the Jabuka Ridge. These salt tectonics have existed since, at least, Paleogene times and are still active: they characterize sectors with less resistance to deformation produced by successive regional compressive regimes that have affected the area differently during the different geodynamic phases. Gas‐seep features are distributed preferentially above and along the fracture systems produced above and around the salt mounds.

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