J. D. Smewing, K. O. Simonian, I. M. Elboushi, I. G. Gass; Mineralized fault zone parallel to the Oman ophiolite spreading axis. Geology ; 5 (9): 534–538. doi: https://doi.org/10.1130/0091-7613(1977)5<534:MFZPTT>2.0.CO;2
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During the formation of the Upper Cretaceous Oman ophiolite by sea-floor spreading, faulting parallel to the spreading axis produced a 250-m escarpment. This escarpment now forms the western margin of a 5-km-wide north-south-oriented valley in northern Oman floored by pillow lavas, flow breccias, laminated mudstones, and mass-flow, ophiolite-derived sediments; sulfide mineralization is concentrated along the fault zone. The features described are closely comparable with those reported in the FAMOUS area and those in a paleo-transform fault zone in the Troodos massif, Cyprus, and are significant in delineating mineralized zones in ophiolites.