Abstract

Radiolarian biostratigraphy shows that umberiferous strata overlying the Troodos ophiolite in Cyprus are Turonian in age and are thus essentially contemporaneous with similar strata that overlie the Samail ophiolite in Oman. However, this radiolarian age is markedly older than Campanian isotopic ages measured on the underlying rocks of the Troodos ophiolite. The revised age for the umbers indicates that the Troodos lavas were formed no later than Turonian time. The presence of overlying autochthonous Maastrichtian chalks restricts the emplacement of the Troodos ophiolite to the Late Cretaceous (Santonian to early Maastrichtian).

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