Neotethyan ophiolites: formation and obduction within the life cycle of the host basins
Published:January 01, 2006
Zvi Garfunkel, 2006. "Neotethyan ophiolites: formation and obduction within the life cycle of the host basins", Tectonic Development of the Eastern Mediterranean Region, A. H. F. Robertson, D. Mountrakis
Download citation file:
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...
Figures & Tables
Tectonic Development of the Eastern Mediterranean Region
The Eastern Mediterranean region is a classic area for the study of tectonic processes and settings related to the development of the Tethyan orogenic belt. The present set of research and synthesis papers by Earth scientist from countries in this region and others provides an up-to-date, interdisciplinary overview of the tectonic development of the Eastern Mediterrenean region from Precambrian to Recent. Key topics include continental rifting, ophiolite genesis and emplacement, continental collision, extensional tectonics, crustal exhumation and intraplate deformation (e.g. active faulting). Alternative tectonic reconstructions of the Tethyan orogen are presented and discussed, with important implications for other regions of the world. The book will be an essential source of information and interpretation for academic researchers (geologists and geophysicists), advanced undergraduates and also for industry professionals, including those concerned with hydrocarbons, minerals and geological hazards (e.g. earthquakes).