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New and revised radiolarian biochronology for the sedimentary cover of ophiolites in the Lesser Caucasus (Armenia)

Abstract : In order to improve our understanding of the palaeogeographic and geodynamic evolution of the Tethyan realms preserved in the Lesser Caucasus we here review the existing data for the sedimentary cover of ophiolites preserved in Armenia. Particular attention is given to those dated sedimentary rocks that are in direct genetic contact with ophiolitic lavas, as they provide constraints for submarine oceanic activity. The oldest available ages come from the Sevan–Akera suture zone that point to a Late Triassic oceanization. Data from both the Sevan and Vedi ophiolites provide evidence for Middle Jurassic (Bajocian) submarine activity, that continued until at least the Late Jurassic (Mid/Late Oxfordian to Late Kimmeridgian/Early Tithonian), as dated recently in Stepanavan and in this study for the Vedi ophiolite.
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T. Danelian, G. Asatryan, L. Sahakyan, Gh. Galoyan, M. Sosson, et al.. New and revised radiolarian biochronology for the sedimentary cover of ophiolites in the Lesser Caucasus (Armenia). Sedimentary Basin Tectonics from the Black Sea and Caucasus to the Arabian Platform. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, Sosson, M., Kaymakci, N., Stephenson, R. A., Bergerat, F. & Starostenko, V. (eds), pp.383-391, 2010, ⟨10.1144/SP340.16⟩. ⟨hal-00521831⟩

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