2015 GSA Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, USA (1-4 November 2015)

Paper No. 126-8
Presentation Time: 9:00 AM-6:30 PM


VAZIRI, Seyed Hamid, Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences, University of Toronto at Mississauga, 3359 Mississauga Road, MISSISSAUGA, ON L5L1C6, Canada and MATSUOKA, Atsushi, Department of Geology, Niigata University, 8050, Ikarashi 2-no-cho, Nishi-ku, Niigata, 950-2181, Japan, hamid.vaziri@utoronto.ca

The Kermanshah radiolarites belong to a vast siliceous complex characteristic of the Mesozoic rocks of the Tethys region. These siliceous sequences are associated either with ophiolitic outcrops, which allow us to date them, or to sedimentary sequences that were deposited in a long and narrow basin in an international zone, which benefited from the nutritional content upwelling driven by monsoons (Dercourt et al., 1993; Ricou and Marcoux, 1980; Ricou et al., 1977; Gharib and De Wever, 2010). The Ophiolite melange is well exposed in east of Kermanshah (SW Bisetun), west Iran and consists of spilitic diabase, spilitic trackybasalt, andesitic basalt, porphyric andesite, spilitic basalt, sepentinite, serppentinized harzburgite and gray limestone associated with green and red chert nodules and beds. In the present study, four stratigraphic sections of the ophiolite melange in southwest of Bisetun were studied and 40 chert samples were collected from different levels of sedimentary facies subjected to radiolarian extraction. These samples contain abundant Middle Jurassic to Early Cretaceous radiolarians. These radiolarian specimens indicate a Bathonian to Early Valanginian age for the ophiolite melange. Identified radiolarian zones include the Striatojaponocapsa conexa Zone (JR5) (Middle Bathonian-Late Callovian), Kilinora spiralis Zone (JR6) (Oxfordian), Hsuum maxwelli Zone (JR7) (Kimmeridgian), and Pseudodictyomitra carpatica Zone (KR1) (Tithonian-Early Valanginian) of Matsuoka (1995).


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