Pre-Cenozoic tectono-stratigraphic components of the Western Pontides and their geological evolution

Yigitbas E., Elmas A., Yilmaz Y.

GEOLOGICAL JOURNAL, vol.34, pp.55-74, 1999 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 34
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Title of Journal : GEOLOGICAL JOURNAL
  • Page Numbers: pp.55-74


The Western Pontides of northern Turkey are a tectonic mosaic formed as a result of progressive welding of continental and oceanic fragments during the Palaeozoic and Mesozoic. In this region, three approximately east-west trending zones can be distinguished: the Pontide Zone representing the Pontides sensu stricto; the Sakarya Zone which is regarded as the southerly continental fragment; and the Armutlu-Ovacik Zone which is viewed as a tectonic mixture of the two zones.