International Journal of Earth Sciences

, Volume 104, Issue 2, pp 435–447 | Cite as

Middle Jurassic age of basalts and the post-obduction sedimentary sequence in the Guevgueli Ophiolite Complex (Republic of Macedonia)

  • Duje Kukoč
  • Špela Goričan
  • Adrijan Košir
  • Mirko Belak
  • Josip Halamić
  • Hazim Hrvatović
Original Paper


The Guevgueli Ophiolite Complex near Demir Kapija (Eastern Vardar Ophiolitic Unit) was studied for the age and facies of the overlying sediments. Cherts in direct contact with basalts are dated to late Bathonian–early Callovian with radiolarians. The post-obduction sequence, here informally named the Demir Kapija group, is composed of polymictic conglomerate, probably Kimmeridgian in age, and a more than 350-m thick carbonate succession. The carbonate succession consists of hemipelagic, slope and platform margin facies and contains algae and benthic foraminifers indicative of the Tithonian age. These new data support the previously proposed palaeogeographical connection between the Guevgueli and South Apuseni ophiolite complexes.


Eastern Vardar Ophiolitic Unit Radiolarite Carbonates Stratigraphy Jurassic 



This research was funded by the Slovenian Research Agency (programme no. P1–0008). We thank Dragica Turnšek for the coral determination, Ivan Gušić for the determination of foraminifers, Kata Cvetko Barić for preparing the thin sections, Vida Bitenc for cartographic visualisation of the geological map, and Murray James Bales for English corrections of the final text. Reviewers Marco Chiari and Dejan Prelević are thanked for their comments which improved the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Duje Kukoč
    • 1
  • Špela Goričan
    • 1
  • Adrijan Košir
    • 1
  • Mirko Belak
    • 2
  • Josip Halamić
    • 2
  • Hazim Hrvatović
    • 3
  1. 1.Paleontološki inštitut Ivana Rakovca ZRC SAZULjubljanaSlovenia
  2. 2.Hrvatski geološki institutZagrebCroatia
  3. 3.Federalni zavod za geologijuIlidžaBosnia and Hercegovina

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