International Journal of Earth Sciences

, Volume 106, Issue 7, pp 2575–2592 | Cite as

New paleomagnetic results from Upper Cretaceous arc-type rocks from the northern and southern branches of the Neotethys ocean in Anatolia

  • Mualla Cengiz Cinku
  • Friedrich Heller
  • Timur Ustaömer
Original Paper


A paleomagnetic study of Cretaceous arc type rocks in the Central-Eastern Pontides and in the Southeastern Taurides investigates the tectonic and paleolatitudinal evolution of three volcanic belts in Anatolia, namely the Northern and Southern Volcanic Belts in the Pontides and the SE Taurides volcanic belt. The paleomagnetic data indicate that magnetizations were acquired prior to folding at most sampling localities/sites, except for those in the Erzincan area in the Eastern Pontides. The Southern Volcanic Belt was magnetized at a paleolatitude between \(23.8_{-3.8}^{+4.2}\)°N and \(20.2_{-1.2}^{+1.3}\)°N. Hisarlı (J Geodyn 52:114–128, 2011) reported a more northerly paleolatitude (\(26.6_{-4.6}^{+5.1}\)°N) for the Northern Volcanic Belt. The comparison of the new paleomagnetic results with previous ones in Anatolia allows to conclude that the Southern Volcanic Belt in the Central-Eastern Pontides was emplaced after the Northern Volcanic Belt as a result of slab-roll back of the Northern Neotethys ocean in the Late Cretaceous. In the Southeast Taurides, Upper Cretaceous arc-related sandstones were at a paleolatitude of \(16.8_{-3.8}^{+4.2}~\). The Late Cretaceous paleomagnetic rotations in the Central Pontides exhibit a counterclockwise rotation of \(R\pm \Delta R=-37.1{}^\circ \pm 5.8{}^\circ\) (Group 1; Çankırı, Yaylaçayı Formation) while Maastrichtian arc type rocks in the Yozgat area (Group 2) show clockwise rotations R + ΔR = 33.7° ± 8.4° and R + ΔR = 29.3° ± 6.0°. In the SE Taurides counterclockwise and clockwise rotations of \(R\pm \Delta R=-48.6\text{ }\!\!{}^\circ\!\!\text{ }\pm 5.2\text{ }\!\!{}^\circ\!\!\text{ }\) and \(R\pm \Delta R=+34.1\text{ }\!\!{}^\circ\!\!\text{ }\pm 15.1\text{ }\!\!{}^\circ\!\!\text{ }\) are obtained (Group 4; Elazığ Magmatic Complex). The Late Cretaceous paleomagnetic rotations in the Pontides follow a general trend in concordance with the shape of the suture zone after the collision between the Pontides and the Kırşehir block. The affect of the westwards excursion of the Anatolian plate and the associated fault bounded block rotations in Miocene are observed in the east of the study area and the SE Taurides.

Key words

Paleomagnetic Upper Cretaceous Pontides Taurides Neotethys Suture Zone 



This study was financially supported by the Scientific Research Projects Coordination Unit of Istanbul University (Project number 7272). We would like to thank Kenan Cinku for his help in the field work. Erwin Appel is very much appreciated for his kindly help by using the paleomagnetic laboratory in the University of Tübingen. Nurcan Kaya is thanked for her help in paleomagnetic measurements. Prof. Dr. John Geissman and one anonymous reviewer are very much appreciated for their helpful suggestions.  


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mualla Cengiz Cinku
    • 1
  • Friedrich Heller
    • 2
  • Timur Ustaömer
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Engineering, Department of Geophysical EngineeringIstanbul UniversityAvcılar/istanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Earth SciencesInstitute of GeophysicsZurichSwitzerland

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