Late Cretaceous–Early Cenozoic tectonic evolution of the Eurasian active margin in the Central and Eastern Pontides, northern Turkey
Published:January 01, 2006
Samuel P. Rice, Alastair H. F. Robertson, Timur Ustaömer, 2006. "Late Cretaceous–Early Cenozoic tectonic evolution of the Eurasian active margin in the Central and Eastern Pontides, northern Turkey", Tectonic Development of the Eastern Mediterranean Region, A. H. F. Robertson, D. Mountrakis
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The Izmir–Ankara–Erzincan suture zone (IAESZ) in the Central and the Eastern Pontides comprises a stack of thrust sheets of mainly Late Cretaceous–Early Cenozoic age that are restored as: (1) a subduction–accretion complex; (2) a continental-margin magmatic arc, plus an associated forearc basin; (3) a back-arc basin and its mainly sedimentary fill. Northward thrusting affected all of the Late Cretaceous units during latest Cretaceous (Campanian–Maastrichtian) time. This was followed by regional southward thrusting to form the present thrust stack during Mid-Eocene time. Alternative tectonic models are considered in the light of sedimentary, igneous geochemical and structural evidence, and global comparisons....
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