Geochemistry and timing of post-metamorphic dyke emplacement in the Mersin Ophiolite (southern Turkey): New age constraints from Ar-40/Ar-39 geochronology

Parlak O. , DELALOYE M.

TERRA NOVA, vol.8, no.6, pp.585-592, 1996 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1365-3121.1996.tb00788.x
  • Title of Journal : TERRA NOVA
  • Page Numbers: pp.585-592


The Mersin ophiolite, which is a relic of the late Cretaceous Neotethyan ocean domain in the eastern Mediterranean, is situated on the southern flank of the central Tauride belt. The ophiolite body is cross-cut at all structural levels by numerous mafic dyke intrusions. The dykes do not intrude the underlying melange of platform carbonates. Therefore, dyke emplacement post-dates the formation of the ophiolite and metamorphic sole but pre-dates the final obduction onto the Tauride platform. The post-metamorphic dyke swarms suggest the geochemical characteristics of Island Are Tholeiites (IAT). Ar-40/Ar-39 geochronology of the post-metamorphic microgabbroic-diabasic dykes cutting both mantle tectonites and metamorphic sole revealed ages ranging from 89.6 +/- 0.7-63.8 +/- 0.9 Myr old, respectively, indicating widespread magmatic activity during the Late Cretaceous-early Palaeocene in the Neotethyan ocean. These data suggest that island are development in the Neotethyan ocean in southern Turkey was as early as Late Cretaceous.