Amagmatic extension and tectonic denudation in the Kizildag Ophiolite, southern Turkey: implications for the evolution of Neotethyan oceanic crust

Y. Dilek, E. M. Moores, M. Delaloye, J. A. Karson

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Abstract

Structures and contact relationships in the ophiolite are interpreted to have resulted from a period of tectonic extension and denudation following magmatic construction of ophiolitic crust. A low-angle fault dipping southeast toward the axial graben is interpreted to have accommodated tectonic extension at crustal levels and uplift and exposure of upper mantle rocks. The authors envision a model of asymmetric extension, analogous to that suggested for magma starved segments of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge around 23°N latitude. The Kizildag ophiolite represents a fragment of a Neotethyan oceanic spreading center that was subsequently emplaced onto the passive margin of Arabia possibly by conversion of a ridge-parallel normal fault to a thrust fault (incipient subduction zone?) as a result of a change in relative plate motion in late Cretaceous time. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)485-500
Number of pages16
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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