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To understand the Neotethyan ophiolites better, their place in the history of the host basins is explored, using the Jurassic Hellenic–Dinaric and some Cretaceous (mainly peri-Arabian) ophiolites as examples. These formed in mature (c. 60 Ma and 100 Ma old) seaways by spreading at rates that apparently were too high to persist for more than a fraction of the basin history. Each ophiolite group formed in a short time interval, about 10 Ma, soon after changes in the motions of plates in the host basins. Therefore, these ophiolites do not seem to have formed by normal long-term spreading...

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