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The Western Black Sea Basin began opening as a back-arc basin by the rift-ing of a juvenile continental margin magmatic arc during the Aptian. Its southern continental margin succession is well exposed in the Western Pontides, Northwest Turkey. This succession consists predominantly of vol- canogenic coarse clastic rocks, shales, and carbonates with a deepening- upward character. The volcanogenic clastic rocks are mostly turbidites and mass-flow deposits in places with huge exotic blocks. The volume and nature of this clastic material were controlled by both relief of nearby sediment sources and arc volcanism, whereas the carbonates depended on ocean circulation...

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