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Syn-tectonic sedimentary evolution of the Miocene Çatallar Basin, southwestern Turkey

Abstract : The Çatallar Basin is one of the Miocene basins located in the southern part of the Bey Dağları Massif (SW Turkey). This basin has been reinvestigated and new stratigraphic and sedimentological data are now presented. The Çatallar Basin lies in paraconformity on the Bey Dağları carbonate platform of Late Cretaceous to Palaeogene age. It consists of an impersistent, shallow-marine carbonate base (Karabayır formation, Late Oligocene to Early Burdigalian) followed by an onlapping detrital sequence including the Akçay and Bağbeleni formations (Langhian to Serravallian). The Akçay formation mainly contains turbidites in which several debris-flows and olistostromes are intercalated. The lowest debris flows derive from the local carbonate platforms of Cretaceous and Palaeogene age. Higher, the debris flows and olistostromes contain large carbonate blocks deriving from nearby sources (Bey Dağları platform carbonates), whereas the accompanying pebbles originate from the allochthonous ophiolitic units located farther to the north (Lycian Nappes) or to the east (Antalya Nappes). The origin of these ophiolitic detritus is a matter of debate. The new data obtained in this study favour a northern origin.
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Erdal Kosun, André Poisson, A. Ciner, Roland Wernli, Olivier Monod. Syn-tectonic sedimentary evolution of the Miocene Çatallar Basin, southwestern Turkey. Journal of Southeast Asian earth sciences, Elsevier, 2009, 34 (3), pp.466-479. ⟨10.1016/j.jseaes.2008.07.005⟩. ⟨insu-00371833⟩

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