Geochemistry of post-collision Pliocene-Quaternary Karasar basalt (Divrigi-Sivas, Eastern Turkey): Evidence for partial melting processes

Alpaslan M., Yilmaz H., Temel A.

GEOLOGICA CARPATHICA, vol.55, no.6, pp.487-500, 2004 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 55 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Title of Journal : GEOLOGICA CARPATHICA
  • Page Numbers: pp.487-500


The Pliocene-Quaternary Karasar basalt is located in the western part of the post-collisional volcanic field in Eastern Anatolia and occurs as lava flows on the continental sediments. According to normative mineralogy and geochemistry, Karasar basalt samples have hyperstene-normative tholeiites, nepheline-normative basalts. trachybasalts and basaltic andesites with quartz-xenocrysts which occur at the base of the lava flows. Trace and rare element variations indicate that the trachybasalts are enriched in highly incompatible trace and light-rare earth elements relative to hyprstene-and nepheline-normative basalts. Hy-normative tholeiites have higher concentrations of medium-heavy rate earth elements relative to ne-normative basalts and trachybasalts. The trace element characteristics of the Karasar basalt imply that the quartz-bearing rocks indicate some crustal contributions, but the basaltic sampler, have a minimal or no crustal assimilation. Th/Yb-Nb/Yb and Hf/Sm-N-Ta/La-N diagrams coupled with HFSE depletions display a subduction signature in the source region of these volcanics. REE modeling exhibits that the magmas forming the Karasar basalt originated from a spinel-peridotite source, although trachybasalts require mixing between melts from spinel- and garnei-peridocite source. Discrimination plots based on trace element data exhibit a within-plate character of the Karasar basahs- Correlations between trace element ratios (Ba/Nb-La/Nb and Ba/La-Ce/Pb) imply that the source of Karasar basalt L, lithotspheric rather than the asthenospheric mantle. These data reveal that the Karasar basalt is linked to a posi-collisional extensional tectonic regime following the collision between the Eurasian and Arabian plates. Volcanism in this pan of Anatolia is consistent with a model in which melting of lithospheric mantle occurred in response to lithospheric extension.