Löwen, K, Meinhold, G, Arslan, A, Güngör, T and Berndt, J (2019) Evolution of the Palaeotethys in the Eastern Mediterranean: A multi-method approach to unravel the age, provenance and tectonic setting of the Upper Palaeozoic Konya Complex and its Mesozoic cover sequence (south-central Turkey). International Geology Review. ISSN 1938-2839

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Thirteen siliciclastic sediments from the Upper Palaeozoic Konya Complex and its Mesozoic cover were studied by a multi-method approach combining thin-section petrography, bulk-rock geochemistry, mineral chemistry of rutile, and U–Pb geochronology of detrital zircons. Provenance sensitive data of samples from the Upper Palaeozoic Halıcı Formation indicate sediment supply from mainly low- to medium-grade metamorphosed sedimentary rocks of felsic character, while contribution from volcanic rocks was rare. The detrital zircon record of sediments from the Halıcı Formation documents sediment supply from different sources and excludes a similar provenance. Some samples show great similarities with Palaeozoic sandstones from the cover sequence of the Saharan Metacraton and the Arabian–Nubian Shield, while the other samples indicate a provenance that must be sought in units with a southern Eurasian affinity. The upper limit for sediment deposition in the Halıcı Formation is mostly constrained by Early Palaeozoic zircon populations, however, sediment accumulation in Pennsylvanian–Cisuralian time is more likely, contemporaneously with the Upper Palaeozoic succession on the Karaburun Peninsula (western Turkey). The provenance of sediments from the Upper Triassic Ardıçlı Formation remains enigmatic, but the source should be sought nonetheless in units close to the depositional site. In any case, detrital zircon age spectra and compositional data exclude recycling of underlying rock units (i.e. Halıcı Formation). Overall, our new provenance data reveal great similarities between the Konya Complex and comparable units (Chios, Karaburun) but also highlight distinct differences in terms of sediment composition and provenance.

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Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Taylor & Francis at https://doi.org/10.1080/00206814.2019.1616619 - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Palaeotethys; Turkey; Konya Complex; Sediment provenance; U-Pb; geochronology; Whole-rock geochemistry; Rutile geochemistry
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Geography, Geology and the Environment
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 14 May 2019 15:21
Last Modified: 26 May 2020 01:30
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/6327

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