Original Paper

International Journal of Earth Sciences

, Volume 102, Issue 2, pp 435-453

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High-K volcanism in the Afyon region, western Turkey: from Si-oversaturated to Si-undersaturated volcanism

  • Cüneyt AkalAffiliated withMühendislik Fakültesi Jeoloji Mühendisliği Bölümü, Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi Email author 
  • , Cahit HelvacıAffiliated withMühendislik Fakültesi Jeoloji Mühendisliği Bölümü, Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi
  • , Dejan PrelevićAffiliated withInstitute for Geosciences, Earth System Science Research Centre, University of Mainz
  • , Paul van den BogaardAffiliated withIFM-GEOMAR


Volcanic rocks of the Afyon province (eastern part of western Anatolia) make up a multistage potassic and ultrapotassic alkaline series dated from 14 to 12 Ma. The early-stage Si-oversaturated volcanic rocks around the Afyon city and further southward are trachyandesitic volcanic activity (14.23 ± 0.09 Ma). Late-stage Si-undersaturated volcanism in the southernmost part of the Afyon volcanic province took place in three episodes inferred from their stratigraphic relationships and ages. Melilite–leucitites (11.50 ± 0.03 Ma), spotted trachyandesites, tephryphonolites and lamproites (11.91 ± 0.13 Ma) formed in the first episode; trachyandesites in the second episode and finally phonotephrites, phonolite, basaltic trachyandesites and nosean-bearing trachyandesites during the last episode. The parameter Q [normative q-(ne + lc + kls + ol)] of western Anatolia volcanism clearly decreased southward with time becoming zero in the time interval 10–15 Ma. The magmatism experienced a sudden change in the extent of Si saturation after 14 Ma, during late-stage volcanic activity of Afyon volcanic province at around 12 Ma, though there was some coexistence of Si-oversaturated and Si-undersaturated magmas during the whole life of Afyon volcanic province.


Afyon volcanic province High-K volcanism Western Anatolia Lamproite Leucitite