Uppermost Triassic limestone in the Karakaya Complex - Stratigraphic and tectonic significance

Okay A., Altiner D.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF EARTH SCIENCES, vol.13, no.2, pp.187-199, 2004 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.187-199
  • Keywords: Karalkaya Complex, Norian, Rhaetian, northwestern Turkey, reefal limestone, NORTHWEST TURKEY, SUBDUCTION, INDONESIA, AGE
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Two important tectonostratigraphic units of the Karakaya Complex in northwest Turkey are: a lower metamorphic sequence of metabasite, phyllite and marble, called the Nilufer Unit; and an upper clastic sequence with Permian and Carboniferous limestone olistoliths called the Hodul Unit. In northwestern Turkey, the Hodul Unit consists of arkosic sandstones, which pass upward into greywacke and siltstone with Permian and Carboniferous limestone blocks. A scarce macrofauna in the sandstones indicates a Norian age for the Hodul Unit. We report for the first time Norian-Rhaetian limestones, here named the Kasal Limestone Member, from the Hodul Unit to the southwest of Balikesir. The Kasal Limestone Member forms similar to80-m-thick, several-hundred-metres large blocks in a sheared siltstone, sandstone, and shale matrix of Norian age. The clastic matrix also includes neritic Permian limestone blocks. The Kasal Limestone Member is a variegated, medium-bedded, nodular limestone with abundant coral, brachiopod, lamellibranch, crinoid, gastropod, algae, bryzoa, sponge spicules and foraminifera. A varied microfauna in the limestone indicates a Norian-Rhaetian age. The age similarity between the matrix and the Kasal Limestone, and transition to a muddy facies observed in one of the blocks indicate that, unlike the exotic Permian limestones, the Kasal Limestone Member represents in situ carbonate deposition in the Hodul basin. The subsequent shearing of the limestone contacts occurred during the deformation associated with the arrival of the olistostromes. The deformation leading to the closure of the Hodul basin is constrained to Rhaetian-Hettangian; that is, between 210 to 202 Ma, from the age of the Hodul Unit and that of the overlying Bayirkoy Formation. This age is similar to the isotopic age of regional metamorphism in the Nilufer Unit (215 to 205 Ma), and suggests that Cimmeride deformation in northwestern Turkey occurred over a short interval in the latest Triassic-earliest Jurassic.