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Journal:   GEOPERSIA   SUMMER-FALL 2017 , Volume 7 , Number 2; Page(s) 301 To 311.
 
Paper: 

THE MAFIC ROCKS ALONG THE NORTH TABRIZ FAULT, POSSIBLE REMNANTS OF NEO-TETHYS OCEANIC CRUST IN NW IRAN

 
 
Author(s):  MESBAHI FATEMEH*, MOHAJJEL MOHAMMAD, OBERHANSLI ROLAND, MOAZZEN MOHSEN
 
* DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGY, TARBIAT MODARES UNIVERSITY, TEHRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN
 
Abstract: 

The North Tabriz Fault is seismologically an active fault with current right lateral strike-slip movements. Restricted mafic to intermediate Late Cretaceous igneous rocks are exposed along the North Tabriz Fault. Whole rock and clinopyroxene phenocrysts geochemistry were studied in order to characterize the petrogenesis of these mafic rocks and their possible relation to an oceanic crust. The results indicate a tholeiitic parental magma that formed in an evolved mid- ocean ridge tectonic setting similar to the Iceland mid-Atlantic ridge basalts. The ocean floor basalt characteristics give evidence of an oceanic crust along the North Tabriz Fault. Therefore, the trend of the North Tabriz Fault more likely marks a suture zone related to the closure of a branch of the Neo-Tethys Ocean in the NW Iran. This fault, in addition to the Caucasus and Zagros suture zones, compensates an important part of the convergence between the Arabian and Eurasian plates resulting from the Red Sea divergence. It is concluded that the North Tabriz Fault appears to be possible southeastern continuation of the North Anatolian suture zone.

 
Keyword(s): NORTH TABRIZ FAULT, MAFIC ROCKS, THOLEIITE, LATE CRETACEOUS
 
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