Petrostratigraphic evolution of the Thrace Basin (Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey) within the context of Eocene-Oligocene post-collisional evolution of the Vardar-Izmir-Ankara suture zone

Journal article
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Publication Details

Author(s): Caracciolo L
Journal: Geodinamica Acta
Publisher: TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
Publication year: 2013
Volume: 26
Journal issue: 1-2
Pages range: 12-26
ISSN: 0985-3111
Language: English


Abstract


Eocene-Oligocene paleogeographic/paleotectonic reconstructions of the Rhodopian - northern Aegean - western Black Sea region largely ignore the Thrace Basin, a large sedimentary basin up to 9 km thick that has been long interpreted as a forearc basin developed in a context of northward subduction. Recent structural, stratigraphic, petrologic, and sedimentologic data challenge this notion and may instead be interpreted within a context of upper-plate extension during the complex transition between the collisional tectonic regime related to the closure of Vardar-Izmir-Ankara oceanic realm and the extensional regime characterizing the Oligocene-Neogene evolution of the Aegean and peri-Aegean regions. The detritus filling the Thrace Basin was derived from two main sediment source areas: (i) the mostly metamorphic terrains of the Rhodopes to the west and (ii) the Vardar-Izmir-Ankara and Biga (intra-Pontide?) subduction-accretion prisms to the southwest. During most of the Eocene-Oligocene, the entire basin was characterized by a complex physiography, as shown by commercial seismic lines in the subsurface and abrupt lateral facies change at the surface. Such physiography was controlled by a series of basement highs trending from WNW-ESE (in the eastern and northern portions of the basin) to WSW-ENE (in the western and southern portions of the basin) which influenced sediment dispersal and the areal distribution of paleoenvironments.



FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Caracciolo, Luca Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Geologie (Exogene Dynamik)

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