Abstract

Dr J. B. Auden has made the following written contribution. Considerable emphasis is given on pp. 461–2 on the postulated anti-clockwise rotation of 90° of the Troodos massif during the Upper Cretaceous. Cyprus is shown in fig. 6 in a north–south position with Cape Andreas pointing southwards. The assumption of a 90° rotation is based primarily on the palaeomagnetic work of Moores & Vine (1971, p. 459). The study of the position of Cyprus vis-à-vis the mainland of Turkey would appear to make the supposition of this rotation improbable.

The –200 m submarine contour projects as a narrow ridge for 40 km ENE of Cape Andreas to near coordinates 36°N: 35°E, while the charts suggest the presence of a flatter ridge extending 60 km southwest from Fener Burun (36°32'N: 35°19'E) which is in strike continuation with the Misis Dađ 40 km ESE of Adana in Turkey.

Gill (1971, p. 310) refers to important work by Gernot C. Schmidt of the M.T.A., Ankara (1962), in which the great similarity between the Kyrenia Range of Cyprus and the Misis Dađ of Turkey is emphasized. It is true that the submarine topography does not indicate an exact strike continuity between the 40 km extension of the Kyrenia Range and the less well defined prolongation of the Misis Dađ, but there may be a fault offset such as indicated by Peyve (1969, fig. 2).

There are also strong grounds for relating the ultrabasic and basic Troodos massif with that of the Amanos range of Turkey

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