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Mithakhari deposits

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P. C. Bandopadhyay
P. C. Bandopadhyay
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Present address: Department of Geology, University of Calcutta, Kolkata-700019, India
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A. Carter
A. Carter
2
Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London, London, UK
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Published:
January 01, 2017

Abstract

The rocks assigned to the Mithakhari Mélange are composed of conglomerates, gritty and coarse- to fine-grained volcano-lithic to quartzo-feldspathic sandstones, andesitic tuff, siltstone, mudstones, shale, carbonaceous shale and limestones. They occur as coherent and chaotic units as part of the regionally extensive mélange terrane and include olistoliths of pre-ophiolite metasedimentary rocks, ophiolitic ultramafics and basalts, and pelagic-hemipelagic sediments. This chapter describes and assesses the established lithostratigraphic units and examines their palaeontology, geochemistry and geochronology. Focusing on the units with a strong arc signature we consider environments of deposition and palaeogeography. We confirm the existence of active andesite volcanism on the arc massif located east of Andaman arc on the western margin of the Burma–Thai–Malaya peninsula during the Eocene–Oligocene, before the opening of the Andaman Sea in the mid-Miocene, and argue that the Namunagarh Grit, dominated by pyroclast-rich gravity flows, should be treated as a separate unit in studies of Tertiary stratigraphy of Andaman Island. Consideration of the other established units (Hope Town conglomerate and Lipa Shale) suggest these associated rocks types are localized, commonplace and unlikely to be stratigraphically related.

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Geological Society, London, Memoirs

The Andaman–Nicobar Accretionary Ridge: Geology, Tectonics and Hazards

P. C. Bandopadhyay
P. C. Bandopadhyay
University of Calcutta, India
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A. Carter
A. Carter
Birkbeck University of London, UK
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Geological Society of London
Volume
47
ISBN electronic:
9781786203007
Publication date:
January 01, 2017

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