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Sedimentary provenance from the evolving forearc‐to‐foreland Central Sakarya Basin, western Anatolia reveals multi‐phase intercontinental collision

Abstract : Collision between the Pontides and Anatolide-Tauride Block along the İzmir-Ankara-Erzincan suture in Anatolia has been variously estimated from the Late Cretaceous to Eocene. It remains unclear whether this age range results from a protracted, multi-phase collision or differences between proxies of collision age and/or along strike diachroneity. Here, we leverage the Cretaceous-Eocene evolution of the forearc-to-foreland Central Sakarya Basin system in western Anatolia to determine when and how collision progressed. New detrital zircon and sandstone petrography results indicate that the volcanic arc was the main source of sediment to the forearc basin in the Late Cretaceous. The first appearance of Pontide basement-aged detrital zircons, in concert with exhumation of the accretionary prism and a decrease in regional convergence rates, indicates intercontinental collision initiated no later than 76 Ma. However, this first contractional phase does not produce advanced thick-skinned deformation and basin partitioning until ca. 54 Ma. We propose three non-exclusive and widely applicable mechanisms to reconcile the observed ∼20 Myr delay between initial intercontinental collision and thick-skinned upper plate deformation: slab breakoff, relict basin closure north and south of the İAES, and underthrusting of progressively thicker passive margin lithosphere. These mechanisms highlight the links between upper plate deformation and plate coupling during continental collision.
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Megan Mueller, Alexis Licht, Clay Campbell, Faruk Ocakoğlu, Gui Akşit, et al.. Sedimentary provenance from the evolving forearc‐to‐foreland Central Sakarya Basin, western Anatolia reveals multi‐phase intercontinental collision. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, AGU and the Geochemical Society, In press, ⟨10.1029/2021GC010232⟩. ⟨hal-03546806⟩

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