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Origin and geodynamic environments of the metamorphic sole rocks from the İzmir-Ankara-Erzincan suture zone (Tokat, Northern Turkey)

Çörtük, Rahmi Melih; Celik, Ömer Faruk; Özkan, Mutlu; Sherlock, Sarah C.; Marzoli, Andrea; Altıntaş, İsmail Emir and Topuz, Gültekin (2016). Origin and geodynamic environments of the metamorphic sole rocks from the İzmir-Ankara-Erzincan suture zone (Tokat, Northern Turkey). International Geology Review, 58(15) pp. 1839–1855.

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The Late Cretaceous accretionary complex of the İzmir–Ankara–Erzincan suture zone, near Artova, is composed mainly of peridotites (variably serpentinized), amphibolite, garnet-micaschist, calc-schist, marble, basalt, sandstones, neritic limestones. The metamorphic rocks were interpreted as the metamorphic sole rocks occurring at the base of mantle tectonites, because: (i) amphibolites were observed together with the serpentinized peridotites suggesting their occurrences in the oceanic environment; (ii) foliation in amphibolites and serpentinized peridotites run subparallel to each other; (iii) all these metamorphic rocks and serpentinized peridotites are cross-cut by the unmetamorphosed dolerite dikes with island arc tholeiite-like chemistry. Geochemical characteristics of the amphibolites display enriched mid-ocean ridge basalt (E-MORB)- and ocean island basalt (OIB)-like signatures. The dolerite dikes, on the other hand, yield an island arc tholeiite-like composition. Geothermobarometric investigations of the metamorphic sole rocks suggest that the metamorphic temperature was ~650 ± 30°C and the pressure condition was less than 0.5 GPa. Dating of hornblende grains from amphibolite yielded age values ranging from 139 ± 11 to 157 ± 3.6 Ma (2σ). The oldest weighted average age value is regarded as approximating the timing of the intra-oceanic subduction. These cooling ages were interpreted to be the intra-oceanic subduction/thrusting time of the İzmir–Ankara–Erzincan oceanic domain.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN: 0020-6814
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Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
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Keywords: accretionary complex; geochemistry; metamorphic sole; İzmir–Ankara–Erzincan suture zone; subduction zone
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 55902
Depositing User: Sarah Sherlock
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2018 09:28
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 11:09
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