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Geological correlation between northern Cyprus and southern Anatolia

Yucel Yilmaz
Geological correlation between northern Cyprus and southern Anatolia
Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences = Revue Canadienne des Sciences de la Terre (July 2021) 58 (7): 640-657

Abstract

The island of Cyprus constitutes a fragment of southern Anatolia separated from the mainland by left-oblique transtension in late Cenozoic time. However, a geological framework of offset features of south-central Anatolia, for comparison of Cyprus with a source region within and west of the southeastern Anatolian suture zone, has not yet been developed. In this paper, I enumerate, describe, and compare a full suite of potentially correlative spatial and temporal elements exposed in both regions. Northern Cyprus and south-central Anatolia have identical tectonostratigraphic units. At the base of both belts, crop out ophiolitic melange - accretionary complex generated during the northward subduction of the Neo-Tethyan Oceanic lithosphere from the Late Cretaceous until the end of middle Eocene. The nappes of the Taurus carbonate platform were thrust above this internally chaotic unit during late Eocene. They began to move as a coherent nappe pile from that time onward. An asymmetrical flysch basin was formed in front of this southward-moving nappe pile during the early Miocene. The nappes were then thrust over the flysch basin fill and caused its tight folding. Cyprus separated from Anatolia in the Pleistocene-Holocene when transtensional oblique faults with dip-slip components caused the development of the Adana and Iskenderun basins and the separation of Cyprus from Anatolia.


ISSN: 0008-4077
EISSN: 1480-3313
Coden: CJESAP
Serial Title: Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences = Revue Canadienne des Sciences de la Terre
Serial Volume: 58
Serial Issue: 7
Title: Geological correlation between northern Cyprus and southern Anatolia
Author(s): Yilmaz, Yucel
Affiliation: Istanbul Technical University, Department of Geological Engineering, Istnabul, Turkey
Pages: 640-657
Published: 202107
Text Language: English
Summary Language: French
Publisher: National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
References: 87
Accession Number: 2021-046140
Categories: StratigraphyStructural geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. block diag., sects., strat. cols., 1 table, geol. sketch maps
N35°00'00" - N37°00'00", E32°00'00" - E36°00'00"
Country of Publication: Canada
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2021, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from Canadian Science Publishing, NRC Research Press, Ottawa, ON, Canada. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 2021
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