Jurassic volcanism in the Eastern Pontides: Is it rift related or subduction related?

Sen C.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF EARTH SCIENCES, vol.16, no.4, pp.523-539, 2007 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 16 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.523-539
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The Jurassic volcanic rocks in the centre of the northern zone ( south of Trabzon City) provide important constraints on the evolution of Pontides. The investigated volcanic rocks form a transitional series between tholeiitic and calc- alkaline, and is dominated by basalt, basaltic andesite and andesite. Geochemically, they are enriched in LILE and LREE contents and depleted in HFSE [(La/Yb)(N)= 2.2 - 8.5; (Nb/La)(N)= 0.1 - 0.77)] compared to mid- ocean ridge basalts and have radiogenic Nd isotope ratios of epsilon Nd( 210 Ma)= - 0.72 to 3.24. These trace element and isotope data suggest that these rocks were derived from low degrees of partial melting of spinel lherzolite that was metasomatized by subduction- related fluids and further underwent a degree of fractional crystallization in magma chambers before being extruded at the surface.