Formation of podiform dunites in the lycian peridotite nappes (Aǧla - Koyceǧiz, SW Turkey)

Mehmet Akbulut*, Mümtaz Çolak, Tolga Oyman, Edwin Gnos, Özkan P. Pişkin

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In this study, the whole-rock major oxides, trace elements and mineral chemistry of the Aǧla peridotites (comprising host harzburgites and podiform dunites) are investigated to determine the formation mechanisms of the Aǧla podiform dunites (SW Turkey). The whole-rock Al2O3, CaO, and MgO contents (wt %) of the all Aǧla peridotites indicate a marked depletion in these elements. Al2O3 (wt%) of ortho and clino-pyroxenes, Cr# of spinels and the Fo component of olivines from Aǧla peridotites support this trend with much higher degrees of depletion in the podiform dunites. The existence of reaction/replacement textures accompanying the primary mantle texture in the low to moderately depleted harzburgite host rock suggests reaction with a melt post-dating the firststage partial melting that took place in a mid-ocean ridge setting. The boninitic affinity of the Aǧla podiform dunites suggests that they are products of a Mgrich elt influx into the already depleted harzburgite host. This kind of melt may be produced by partial melting of a depleted peridotite source caused by H2O-rich fluids liberated from a subducted slab beneath a subduction zone. The low equilibration temperatures and higher Δlog (fO2) FMQ of Aǧla harzburgites and podiform dunites support this consideration and indicate that this melt/rock interaction process occurred in a supra-subduction zone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Aǧla
  • Lycian nappes
  • Melt/rock interaction
  • Supra-subduction zone
  • Turkey


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