EVIDENCE AGAINST THE CORE COVER INTERPRETATION OF THE SOUTHERN SECTOR OF THE MENDERES MASSIF, WEST TURKEY


BOZKURT E. , PARK R., WINCHESTER J.

TERRA NOVA, cilt.5, ss.445-451, 1993 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

Özet

The Menderes Massif, in western Anatolia, has been described as a lithological succession comprising a basal 'Precambrian gneissic core of sedimentary origin' overlain in sequence by 'Palaeozoic schist' and 'Mesozoic-Cenozoic marble' forming the envelope. The boundary between core and schist envelope was interpreted as a major unconformity, the 'Supra-Pan-African unconformity'. By contrast, our field observations and geochemical data show that around the southern side of Besparmak Mountain, north of Selimiye (Milas), the protoliths of highly deformed, mylonitized augen gneisses are granitoid rocks intrusive into the adjacent Palaeozoic metasedimentary schists. The field relationships indicate the age of intrusion to be younger than late Permian and there is no evidence for the existence of either an exposed Precambrian basement or the 'Supra-Pan-African unconformity' in this sector of the Menderes Massif.