Deciphering the shoshonitic monzonites with I-type characteristic, the Sisdagi pluton, NE Turkey: Magmatic response to continental lithospheric thinning

KARSLI O., Dokuz A., UYSAL İ., Ketenci M., Chen B., KANDEMİR R.

JOURNAL OF ASIAN EARTH SCIENCES, vol.51, pp.45-62, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 51
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jseaes.2012.02.003
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.45-62
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Large-scale late Mesozoic to early Cenozoic plutons in the Eastern Pontide orogenic belt mostly show calc-alkaline and I-type geochemical features. However, we identify the Sisdagi pluton that has shoshonitic affinity and I-type character in the region. The pluton was emplaced at shallow depths (<5 km), revealed by Al-in hornblende barometry, in the northern margin of the orogenic belt, with SHRIMP zircon U-Pb age of 41.55 +/- 0.31 Ma, interpreted as dating magma crystallization. It is composed of monzonite, monzodiorite and monzogabbro. The samples show low zircon saturation temperature (T-zr) ranging from 603 to 769 degrees C compared to A-type rocks. They exhibit SiO2 contents of 47.6-61.4 wt.%, and high K2O + Na2O (5.0-8.8 wt.%) and K2O/Na2O (0.8-1.8). All the samples are characterized by low Mg# (<47) and relatively high but variable Al2O3 content (16.9-22.2 wt.%). They are also enriched in light rare earth elements (LREE), large ion lithophile elements (LILE) and depleted in high field strength elements (HFSE), with a weak negative Eu anomaly (Eu/Eu-center dot = 0.58-1.26) in mantle-normalized trace element patterns.