Early Late Triassic Subduction in the Northern Branch of Neotethys Petrological and Paleontological Constraints from the middle Carnian basalts in the Lycian Nappes

2015-12-18
The Lycian Nappes, SW Anatolia, are represented by a stack of thrust sheets derived from the northern branch of Neotethys (i.e. Izmir-Ankara Ocean) and the northern margin of the Tauride-Anatolide platform. The Turunç Unit, which is now preserved within a tectonic slice of the Lycian Nappes, includes among others the Neotethys-derived basalt blocks with pelagic intra-pillow carbonate infillings of middle Carnian age (early Late Triassic). Here, we focus on the geochemistry of the Turunç basalts to shed light into their petrogenetic evolution within the Neotethyan framework. Immobile trace element systematics indicate that the Turunç lavas are sub-alkaline basalts, with geochemical signatures resembling to those generated above subduction zones. Detailed examination of the Turunç volcanics reveals two chemical groups. Both groups are variably enriched in Th and La relative to Nb, and exhibit depleted Zr and Hf contents relative to N-MORB. Of the two groups, however, Group 2 is more enriched in Th, but with a similar Nb content, which results in higher Th/Nb ratios (0.21-0.27) compared to those of Group 1 (0.08-0.11). Both groups reflect similar REE systematics; they display marked enrichment in LREE relative to HREE ([La/Yb]N = 4.8-8.9). Trace element characteristics of the Turunç basalts indicate that their mantle source has been modified by slab-derived component(s). Taking into account that the Turunc Unit includes no continent-derived detritus, we suggest that the Turunç lavas represent fragments of a Late Triassic island arc formed on the Neotethyan oceanic lithosphere. This may further imply that the Neotethyan oceanic lithosphere had already been formed by the early Late Triassic, thus suggesting a pre-early Late Triassic oceanization of the northern branch of Neotethys
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K. Sayıt, M. C. Göncüoğlu, and U. K. Tekin, “Early Late Triassic Subduction in the Northern Branch of Neotethys Petrological and Paleontological Constraints from the middle Carnian basalts in the Lycian Nappes,” presented at the AGU 2015 Fall Meeting, 2015, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/73669.