Geodynamic setting and origin of the Oman/UAE ophiolite

MacLeod, Christopher J.; Lissenberg, C. Johan; Bibby, Lauren E.; Pearce, Julian A.; Goodenough, Kathryn M.; Styles, Michael T.; Condon, Daniel J.. 2012 Geodynamic setting and origin of the Oman/UAE ophiolite. [Lecture] In: International Conference on the Geology of the Arabian Plate and the Oman Mountains, Muscat, Oman, 7-9 Jan 2012. 138-139. (Unpublished)

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The ~500km-long mid-Cretaceous Semail nappe of the Sultanate of Oman and UAE (henceforth referred to as the Oman ophiolite) is the largest and best-preserved ophiolite complex known. It is of particular importance because it is generally believed to have an internal structure and composition closely comparable to that of crust formed at the present-day East Pacific Rise (EPR), making it our only known on-land analogue for ocean lithosphere formed at a fast spreading rate. On the basis of this assumption Oman has long played a pivotal role in guiding our conceptual understanding of fast-spreading ridge processes, as modern fast-spread ocean crust is largely inaccessible.

Item Type: Publication - Conference Item (Lecture)
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2010 > BGS Corporate
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 30 Apr 2012 14:01 +0 (UTC)

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