Timing of imbrication of an active continental margin facing the northern branch of Neotethys, Kargi Massif, northern Turkey

Tueysuez O., Tekin U. K.

CRETACEOUS RESEARCH, vol.28, no.5, pp.754-764, 2007 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.cretres.2006.11.006
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.754-764
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


The Kirazbasi Complex, in the Kargi Massif in the Pontides, is a mixture of ophiolitic and deep-marine sedimentary rocks and blocks of different origins. In the northern part of the massif, where these rocks are imbricated with pre-Cretaceous metamorphic units, it displays an ordered stratigraphy and has a siliciclastic-dominant nature. This part was deposited in piggy-back and thrust-top basins during the Turonian to Campanian. In the Southern part, the Kirazbasi Complex is dominantly represented by deep-marine sediments, such as distal turbidites and cherts. and ophiolitic and epi-ophiolitic rocks, representing foredeep sediments and accretionary wedges. Two sections measured from foredeep deposits of the Kirazbasi Complex in this area yielded rich radiolarian faunas, both from the matrix and from the blocks. Based on these radiolarian faunas. Late Valanginian to Early Barremian and Middle Albian to latest Cenomanian ages are assigned to those deposits forming the matrix of the Kirazbasi Complex. Rich radiolarian faunas from an alternating chert-mudstone block within this matrix reveals a latest Bajocian to Early Callovian age. According to our results. the Neotethys Ocean reached an oceanic stage before the Late Bajocian, and was consumed by northward subduction durina the Valanginian to Campanian. (C) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.