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Quantitative dating of Pleistocene deposits of the Kyrenia Range, northern Cyprus: implications for timings, rates of uplift and driving mechanisms

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Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the Geological Society
Early online date3 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016


The Kyrenia Range underwent tectonically-driven uplift during the Pliocene toPleistocene in response to the interaction of various tectonic processes. To understand the tectonic processes driving the uplift and how this is related to uplift of other areas of the Eastern Mediterranean, Uranium-series disequilibrium and optically stimulated luminescence dating were applied to marine and non-marine terrace deposits exposed on the northern flank of the range. Palaeomagnetism and strontium isotope dating were used in conjunction to date the final stages of the marine environment adjacent to the Kyrenia Range prior to major surface uplift. Uplift rates range from >1.2 mm/yr, inferred during the Early Pleistocene, to <0.2 mm/yr during the Late Pleistocene. The new data show that the Kyrenia Range was uplifted contemporaneously with the Troodos Massif in southern Cyprus. The uplift of the Kyrenia Range appears to have been significantly faster than that affecting other comparable regions in theEasternmost Mediterranean during the Pleistocene (e.g. Lebanon coast; southernAnatolian plateau). The driving mechanism for the uplift of both the Kyrenia Range and the Troodos Massif is inferred to be the collision of the Eratosthenes Seamount with the Cyprus trench to the south of Cyprus.

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