Strontium isotopic and micropalaeontological dating used to help redefine the stratigraphy of the neotectonic Hatay Graben, southern Turkey


BOULTON S. J. , ROBERTSON A. H. F. , ELLAM R. M. , Safak U. , Unlugenc U. C.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF EARTH SCIENCES, vol.16, no.2, pp.141-178, 2007 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 16 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Title of Journal : TURKISH JOURNAL OF EARTH SCIENCES
  • Page Numbers: pp.141-178

Abstract

In this paper we report for the Hatay Graben, new micropalaeotology, the first strontium dating and new sedimentology. The previous lack of a modern systematic stratigraphy was problematic for the study of the Hatay region. With the new data combined with the existing literature we evaluate and redefine the lithostratigraphy following international standards. The focus of this paper is on the Neogene cover rocks that record the transition from a regional carbonate shelf environment during Palaeocene to Eocene times, through late-stage continental collision, to recent continental rift tectonics that were initiated in the Middle Miocene and continue to operate to the present-day.