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Poisson A.,University Paris - Sud | Orszag-Sperber F.,University Paris - Sud | Kosun E.,Akdeniz University | Bassetti M.-A.,IMAGES | And 3 more authors.
Bulletin de la Societe Geologique de France | Year: 2011

The Mio-Pliocene basins around the Antalya gulf in SW Turkey developed above the Tauric Mesozoic platforms on which the Antalya nappes had been thrusted (in Late Cretaceous-Paleocene times). The closure of the initial Isparta Angle during these events (E-W compression) initiated the N-S orientation of the main structural lines, which persisted later and explains the orientation of the Aksu basin in contrast with the E-W orientation of the eastern Neogene Mediterranean basins. The area, and all southwestern Turkey, became emergent at the end of the Oligocene and were the site of shallow-marine carbonate deposits in the Chattian-Aquitanian, giving way to the wide Lycian basin in Burdigalian-Langhian times. The progressive emplacement of the Lycian nappes from the north over this basin provoked first its subsidence and then its emersion when the nappes attained their final position over the Bey Daglari platform in Langhian times. Coinciding, or in response to the Lycian nappes emplacement, the Aksu basin was initiated as an elongated N-S graben which was filled by thick accumulations of terrestrial and marine deposits (including coral reefs), which derived from the erosion of the Lycian allochton and its basement (Langhian?, Serravallian and Tortonian times). The syn-sedimentary tectonics reactivation of the normal faults along the west margin of the basin, the continuous uplift of the neighbouring continental areas (beginning of the Aksu thrust), governed the geometry of the basin. As a result and due to the uplift of its northern margin, the Aksu basin migrated towards the south and in Messinian times it was reduced to a narrow gulf along the eastern margin of which the Gebiz limestones were deposited as fringing coral reefs. The age of these limestones has been debated. Our new data allow us to attribute them to the Messinian. The drastic retreat of the sea at the end of this period, provoked the erosion of large parts of the Messinian deposits and the formation of deep canyons on land and under the sea down to the Antalya abyssal plain, in which evaporites were deposited. During the Zanclean transgression, the Eskikoy-Kargi canyon was filled by coarse clastics of a Gilbert delta derived from the northern continental area following a model well known elsewhere in the Mediterranean basins. Southward, shallow-marine sands and marls unconformably cover the remnants of the Messinian deposits and the emergent areas of the southern Antalya gulf. After Zanclean times (end of Pliocene?), the Aksu basin was deformed, due to the west-directed Aksu compressional event (end of the Aksu thrust). Quaternary terraces of the Aksu river at various altitudes, as well as the terraces of the Antalya tufa can be related to sea level fluctuations. © 2011.


Hassig M.,University of Nice Sophia Antipolis | Rolland Y.,University of Nice Sophia Antipolis | Sahakyan L.,Armenian National Academy of Sciences | Sosson M.,University of Nice Sophia Antipolis | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Asian Earth Sciences | Year: 2015

The geologic evolution of the South Armenian Block (SAB) in the Mesozoic is reconstructed from a structural, metamorphic, and geochronologic study including U-Pb and 40Ar/39Ar dating. The South Armenian Block Crystalline Basement (SABCB) outcrops solely in a narrow tectonic window, NW of Yerevan. The study of this zone provides key and unprecedented information concerning closing of the Northern Neotethys oceanic domain north of the Taurides-Anatolides platform from the Middle Jurassic to the Early Cretaceous. The basement comprises of presumed Proterozoic orthogneiss overlain by metamorphosed pelites as well as intrusions of granodiorite and leucogranite during the Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous. Structural, geochronological and petrological observations show a multiphased evolution of the northern margin of the SAB during the Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous. A south-dipping subduction under the East Anatolian Platform-South Armenian Block (EAP-SAB) is proposed in order to suit recent findings pertaining emplacement of relatively hot subduction related granodiorite as well as the metamorphic evolution of the crystalline basement in the Lesser Caucasus area. The metamorphism is interpreted as evidencing: (1) M1 Barrovian MP-MT conditions (staurolite-kyanite) at c. 157-160Ma and intrusion of dioritic magmas at c. 150-156Ma, (2) near-adiabatic decompression is featured by partial melting and production of leucogranites at c. 153Ma, followed by M2 HT-LP conditions (andalusite-K-feldspar). A phase of shearing and recrystallization is ascribed to doming at c. 130-150Ma and cooling at 400°C by c. 123Ma (M3). Structural observations show (1) top to the north shearing during M1 and (2) radial extension during M2. The extensional event ends by emplacement of a thick detrital series along radial S, E and W-dipping normal faults. Further, the crystalline basement is unconformably covered by Upper Cretaceous-Paleocene series dated by nannofossils, evolving from Maastrichtian marly sandstones to Paleocene limestones. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.


Abdalla A.A.,Techrine University | Barrier E.,CNRS Paris Institute of Earth Sciences | Matar A.,University of Aleppo | Muller C.,6 bis Rue Haute
Geological Society Special Publication | Year: 2010

We associate a brittle tectonic analysis and a stratigraphic study of the NW Arabian platform in Syria in the northern Coastal Range, Lattakia basin, and Baer-Bassit areas. These complementary approaches allowed characterizing the tectonic and palaeostress evolutions of this region since the Late Cretaceous. In Mesozoic and Palaeogene, before the Arabia-Eurasia collision, essentially developed extensional tectonics. A major extensional phase, characterized by a NE-SW directed extension, was recognized during the Senonian. It is associated with the activity of the Euphrates graben. The Eocene-Oligocene period is marked by a north-south directed extension associated with minor east-west trending normal faults, associated with syn-depositional structures. The compressional deformation initiated at the end of Oligocene north of Baer-Bassit. The major phase of shortening is Early Miocene in age in NW Syria. The related brittle structures and folding were resulted from a 110°-135° oriented compression. During this event, the Baer-Bassit is thrusted over the Coastal Range platform along the SE vergent Lattakia thrust. This major thrusting induced the flexure of the Arabian platform and the formation of the Middle to Late Miocene Lattakia basin. From the end of the Miocene, and until Present, the region experienced a NNW-SSE directed regional compression. We also evidenced an east-west trending compression near the Dead Sea Fault (DSF) area, coeval with the NNW-SSE one, associated with the north-south folding of the Coastal Range. It likely corresponds to a stress-field deflection in relationship with the DSF activity. From latermost Miocene to Present, the left-lateral displacement along the northern segment of the DSF can be estimated to 30-40 km, from the offset of the Early Miocene deformation front. © 2010 The Geological Society of London.


Hassig M.,University of Nice Sophia Antipolis | Rolland Y.,University of Nice Sophia Antipolis | Sosson M.,University of Nice Sophia Antipolis | Galoyan G.,Armenian National Academy of Sciences | And 5 more authors.
Geodinamica Acta | Year: 2013

In the Lesser Caucasus and NE Anatolia, three domains are distinguished from south to north: (1) Gondwanian-derived continental terranes represented by the South Armenian Block (SAB) and the Tauride-Anatolide Platform (TAP), (2) scattered outcrops of Mesozoic ophiolites, obducted during the Upper Cretaceous times, marking the northern Neotethys suture, and (3) the Eurasian plate, represented by the Eastern Pontides and the Somkheto-Karabagh Arc. At several locations along the northern Neotethyan suture, slivers of preserved unmetamorphozed relics of now-disappeared Northern Neotethys oceanic domain (ophiolite bodies) are obducted over the northern edge of the passive SAB and TAP margins to the south. There is evidence for thrusting of the suture zone ophiolites towards the north; however, we ascribe this to retro-thrusting and accretion onto the active Eurasian margin during the latter stages of obduction. Geodynamic reconstructions of the Lesser Caucasus feature two north dipping subduction zones: (1) one under the Eurasian margin and (2) farther south, an intra-oceanic subduction leading to ophiolite emplacement above the northern margin of SAB. We extend our model for the Lesser Caucasus to NE Anatolia by proposing that the ophiolites of these zones originate from the same oceanic domain, emplaced during a common obduction event. This would correspond to the obduction of non-metamorphic oceanic domain along a lateral distance of more than 500 km and overthrust up to 80 km of passive continental margin. We infer that the missing volcanic arc, formed above the intra-oceanic subduction, was dragged under the obducting ophiolite through scaling by faulting and tectonic erosion. In this scenario part of the blueschists of Stepanavan, the garnet amphibolites of Amasia and the metamorphic arc complex of Erzincan correspond to this missing volcanic arc. Distal outcrops of this exceptional object were preserved from latter collision, concentrated along the suture zones. © 2014 Taylor & Francis.


Hassig M.,University of Nice Sophia Antipolis | Rolland Y.,University of Nice Sophia Antipolis | Sosson M.,University of Nice Sophia Antipolis | Galoyan G.,Armenian National Academy of Sciences | And 3 more authors.
Tectonophysics | Year: 2013

The ophiolites of Amasia in the northwestern part of the Sevan-Akera suture zone (Lesser Caucasus, NW Armenia) correspond to a well-preserved example of a major obduction of oceanic lithosphere over the South Armenian continental block. Our mapping evidenced a series of (1) un-metamorphosed gabbroic oceanic crust, (2) serpentinites and a greenschist grade tectonic melange composed of deformed pillow-basalts, radiolarites and cherts, and (3) a basal slice of garnet amphibolites bearing similar compositional features as the ophiolite. These units are sliced and deformed by post-Eocene thrusting related to the shortening of the suture zone after the collision of the South Armenian Block with Eurasia. 40Ar/39Ar dating on gabbro amphiboles yielded ages of 169.0±4.6 to 175.8±3.9Ma. This age and geochemical composition of ophiolite rocks are similar to those of other ophiolite outcrops in Armenia and NE Turkey. Structural and geochemical analyses undertaken on the garnet amphibolites suggest it to represent the obducted ophiolite metamorphic sole. All these data are in agreement with the presence of a unique ophiolite nappe at the scale of NE Turkey-Armenia originating from a Jurassic intra-oceanic back-arc basin, obducted onto the Armenian-Taurides-Anatolides microblocks in the early Late Cretaceous (c. 90Ma). © 2012 Elsevier B.V.


Hawie N.,University Pierre and Marie Curie | Hawie N.,CNRS Paris Institute of Earth Sciences | Hawie N.,French Institute of Petroleum | Deschamps R.,French Institute of Petroleum | And 9 more authors.
Arabian Journal of Geosciences | Year: 2014

This paper presents an updated review of the Upper Mesozoic and Cenozoic sedimentological and stratigraphic evolution of the Levant margin with a focus on the northern Lebanon. Facies and microfacies analysis of outcrop sections and onshore well cores (i.e., Kousba and Chekka) supported by nannofossil and planktonic foraminifers biostratigraphy, allowed to constrain the depositional environments prevailing in the Turonian to Late Miocene. The "Senonian" (a historical term used to define the Coniacian to Maastrichtian) source rock interval was subdivided into four sub-units with related outer-shelfal facies: (1) Upper Santonian, (2) Lower, (3) Upper Campanian, and (4) Lower Maastrichtian. This Upper Cretaceous rock unit marks the major drowning of the former Turonian rudist platform. This paper confirms the Late Lutetian to Late Burdigalian hiatus, which appears to be a direct consequence of major geodynamic events affecting the Levant region (i.e., the continued collision of Afro-Arabia with Eurasia), potentially enhanced by regressional cycles (e.g., Rupelian lowstand). The distribution of Late Burdigalian-Serravallian rhodalgal banks identified in northern Lebanon was controlled by pre-existing structures inherited from the pulsating onshore deformation. Reef barriers facies occur around the Qalhat anticline, separating an eastern, restricted back-reef setting from a western, coastal to open marine one. The acme of Mount Lebanon's uplift and exposure is dated back to the Middle-Late Miocene; it led to important erosion of carbonates that were subsequently deposited in paleo-topographic lows. The Late Cretaceous to Cenozoic facies variations and hiatuses show that the northern Lebanon was in a higher structural position compared to the south since at least the Late Cretaceous. © 2013 Saudi Society for Geosciences.


Sosson M.,University of Nice Sophia Antipolis | Rolland Y.,University of Nice Sophia Antipolis | Muller C.,6 bis rue Haute | Danelian T.,Lille University of Science and Technology | And 8 more authors.
Geological Society Special Publication | Year: 2010

In the Lesser Caucasus three main domains are distinguished from SW to NE: (1) the autochthonous South Armenian Block (SAB), a Gondwana-derived terrane; (2) the ophiolitic Sevan-Akera suture zone; and (3) the Eurasian plate. Based on our field work, new stratigraphical, petrological, geochemical and geochronological data combined with previous data we present new insights on the subduction, obduction and collision processes recorded in the Lesser Caucasus. Two subductions are clearly identified, one related to the Neotethys subduction beneath the Eurasian margin and one intra-oceanic (SSZ) responsible for the opening of a back-arc basin which corresponds to the ophiolites of the Lesser Caucasus. The obduction occurred during the Late Coniacian to Santonian and is responsible for the widespread ophiolitic nappe outcrop in front of the suture zone. Following the subduction of oceanic lithosphere remnants under Eurasia, the collision of the SAB with Eurasia started during the Paleocene, producing 1) folding of ophiolites, arc and Upper Cretaceous formations (Transcaucasus massif to Karabakh); 2) thrusting toward SW; and 3) a foreland basin in front of the belt. Upper-Middle Eocene series unconformably cover the three domains. From Eocene to Miocene as a result of the Arabian plate collision with the SAB to the South, southward propagation of shortening featured by folding and thrusting occurred all along the belt. These deformations are sealed by a thick sequence of unconformable Miocene to Quaternary clastic and volcanic rocks of debated origin. © 2010 The Geological Society of London.

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