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Geological features and marble production qualities of Western Turkey

M. Ozcelik1, Y. Leventeli2

1Süleyman Demirel University, Isparta, Turkey

2Akdeniz University, Antalya, Turkey


Min. miner. depos. 2019, 13(1):66-71


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      ABSTRACT

      Purpose. Isparta Angle occurs along the Mesozoic carbonate axis. Carbonated rocks forming the Taurus belt are continuous with allochthonous and autochthonous features. The rocks in the region are abnormally contacted with each other and can be found as allochthons on each other. The contacts between the tectono-stratigraphic units are commonly tectonic with the carbonate platforms forming the autochthonous basement to the west and east. For this reason, the initial relations between the rock masses and their initial geographical locations are not known.

      Methods. Some of the carbonated rocks show similar characteristics to each other in terms of sedimentation environment, stratigraphic relations and some other characteristics; but they are separated from each other by different characteristics throughout the belt.

      Findings. In this study, relationships between mass and material properties of marbles, which are produced in the allochthonous and autochthonous parts of the carbonated rocks in the western part of the Taurus belt, were investigated.

      Originality.As a result of this study, it has been determined that the mass and material characteristics of autochthonous limestones are better in quality than those of allochthonous limestones.

      Practical implications. Marble production qualities and block efficiency of allochthonous and autochthonous rocks have been evaluated.

      Keywords: carbonated rocks, marble production, mass and material properties, Taurus belt


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