Late Cretaceous-Cenozoic subduction-collision history of the Southern Neotethys: new evidence from the Caglayancerit area, SE Turkey

Akıncı A. C. , Robertson A. H. F. , Ünlügenç Ü. C.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EARTH SCIENCES, vol.105, pp.315-337, 2016 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 105
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00531-015-1199-6
  • Page Numbers: pp.315-337
  • Keywords: Tauride continent, Arabian foreland, Late Cretaceous, Cenozoic, Melange, Subduction, Collision, SEDIMENTARY EVOLUTION, TECTONIC EVOLUTION, NEOGENE EVOLUTION, FORELAND BASIN, SUTURE ZONE, MIOCENE, COMPLEX, REGION, MODEL, EMPLACEMENT


Evidence of the subduction-collision history of the S Neotethys is well exposed in the frontal part of the SE Anatolian thrust belt and the adjacent Arabian continental margin. The foreland succession in the study area begins with Eocene shelf carbonates, ranging from shallow marine to deeper marine, without sedimentary input from the Tauride continent to the north. After a regional hiatus (Oligocene), sedimentation resumed during the Early Miocene with terrigenous gravity-flow deposition in the north (Lice Formation) and shallow-marine carbonates further south. Clastic detritus was derived from the Tauride continent and oceanic accretionary material. The base of the overriding Tauride allochthon comprises ophiolite-derived debris flows, ophiolite-related m,lange and dismembered ophiolitic rocks. Above this, the regional-scale Bulgurkaya sedimentary m,lange (an olistostrome) includes blocks and dismembered thrust sheets of metamorphic rocks, limestone and sandstone, which include Late Cretaceous and Eocene foraminifera. The matrix is mainly strongly deformed Eocene-Oligocene mudrocks, hemipelagic marl and sandstone turbidites. The thrust stack is topped by a regionally extensive thrust sheet (Malatya metamorphic unit), which includes greenschist facies marble, calcschist, schist and phyllite, representing Tauride continental crust. Beginning during the Late Mesozoic, the S Neotethys subducted northwards beneath a backstop represented by the Tauride microcontinent (Malatya metamorphic unit). Ophiolites formed within the S Neotethys and accreted to the Tauride active margin. Large-scale sedimentary m,lange developed along the Tauride active margin during Eocene-Oligocene. On the Arabian margin, a sedimentary hiatus and tilting (Oligocene) is interpreted to record initial continental collision. The Early Miocene terrigenous gravity flows represent a collision-related flexural foreland basin. Southward overthrusting of the Tauride allochthon took place during Early-Middle Miocene. Associated regional uplift triggered large-scale alluvial deposition. The foreland folded and faulted in response to suture zone tightening (Late Miocene). Left-lateral strike slip characterised the Plio-Pleistocene.