Mid-cretaceous olistostromal ophiolitic melange developed in the back-are basin of the eastern Pontide magmatic arc, Northeast Turkey

Eyuboglu Y., Bektas O., Pul D.

INTERNATIONAL GEOLOGY REVIEW, vol.49, no.12, pp.1103-1126, 2007 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 49 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.2747/0020-6814.49.12.1103
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1103-1126
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Geological and geochemical characteristics of the Mid-Cretaceous olistostromal ophiolitic melange exposed in the southern part of the eastern Pontide magmatic arc indicates that it originally formed during the drifting stage of a back-are basin (Neotethys). This view conflicts with the popular idea that this ophiolitic melange represents a typical tectonic melange or an accretionary prism developed in the fore-arc of the eastern Pontide magmatic are by northward subduction of Neotethys or Paleotethys during the Cretaceous.