publication . Article . 2019

The Thickness of the Mantle Lithosphere and Collision-Related Volcanism in the Lesser Caucasus

Sugden, PJ; Savov, IP; Wilson, M; Meliksetian, K; Navasardyan, G; Halama, R;
  • Published: 01 Feb 2019
  • Country: United Kingdom
The Lesser Caucasus mountains sit on a transition within the Arabia-Eurasia collision zone between very thin lithosphere (< 100 km) to the west, under Eastern Anatolia, and a very thick lithospheric root (up to 200 km) in the east, under western Iran. A transect of volcanic highlands running from north-west to south-east in the Lesser Caucasus allows us to look at the effects of lithosphere thickness variations on the geochemistry of volcanic rocks in this continental collision zone. Volcanic rocks from across the region show a wide compositional range from basanites to rhyolites, and have arc-like geochemical characteristics, typified by ubiquitous negative Nb-...
free text keywords: QE, Geochemistry and Petrology, Geophysics, Lithosphere, Volcanic rock, geography.geographical_feature_category, geography, Subduction, Mantle (geology), Metasomatism, Collision zone, Petrology, Geology, Geochemistry, Magma, Continental collision
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