The northern Oman Tethyan continental margin: stratigraphy, structure, concepts and controversies

  title={The northern Oman Tethyan continental margin: stratigraphy, structure, concepts and controversies},
  author={Alastair H. F. Robertson and Michael P. Searle},
  journal={Geological Society, London, Special Publications},
  pages={25 - 3}
Abstract The Oman Mountains constitute one of the best areas in which to study the development and subsequent deformation of a passive continental margin. Pulsed rifting of the Arabian craton in Early and Late Permian time was followed by Middle to Late Triassic sea-floor spreading and opening of the Tethys ocean. Passive margin subsidence continued throughout the Jurassic and Early Cretaceous, interrupted by a pulse of crustal extension in Late Jurassic (Tithonian) time. The Semail ophiolite… 
Late Palaeozoic to Neogene geodynamic evolution of the northeastern Oman margin
When the highlands of Arabia were still covered with an ice shield in the latest Carboniferous/Early Permian period, separation of Gondwana started. This led to the creation of the Batain basin (part
Late Cretaceous ophiolite obduction and Paleocene India-Asia collision in the westernmost Himalaya
AbstractCollision of the Kohistan island arc with Asia at ~100 Ma resulted in N-S compression within the Neo-Tethys at a spreading center north of the Indo-Pakistani craton. Subsequent India-Asia
Subduction zone polarity in the Oman Mountains: implications for ophiolite emplacement
Abstract Two end-member models have been proposed to account for the structure and metamorphism of rocks beneath the Semail ophiolite in the Oman mountains. Model A involves a single, continuous
Detrital chromites in metasediments of the East-Arabian continental margin in the Saih Hatat area: constraints for the palaeogeographic setting of the Hawasina and Semail basins (Oman Mountains)
Abstract In Oman, the convergence between Arabia and Eurasia resulted in the Late Cretaceous overthrusting of oceanic crust and mantle lithosphere onto the Arabian continental margin. During this
Structural evolution of Jabal Qumayrah: A salt-intruded culmination in the northern Oman Mountains
The Jabal Qumayrah area of the northern Oman Mountains records the evolution and subsequent destruction of a Mesozoic passive continental margin in the Oman segment of the Neo-Tethys Ocean,


Sedimentary and structural evolution of a continental margin transform lineament: the Hatta Zone, Northern Oman Mountains
Abstract The Hatta Zone, Northern Oman Mountains, is interpreted as a c. 50 km long left-lateral offset of the North Oman passive continental margin that was generated by right-lateral transform
The transition from a passive margin to an Upper Cretaceous foreland basin related to ophiolite emplacement in the Oman Mountains
The Upper Cretaceous Muti Formation in the Oman Mountains exemplifies the transition from a passive continental margin to a foreland basin related to thrusting and ophiolite emplacement. Field data
Evolution of the Arabian continental margin in the Dibba Zone, Northern Oman Mountains
Abstract The Dibba Zone, Northern Oman Mountains, documents the history of an oblique-rifted (transtensional) segment of the Arabian passive margin. Unmetamorphosed Palaeozoic, pre-rift (Ordovician
Subduction and obduction: two stages in the Eo-Alpine tectonometamorphic evolution of the Oman Mountains
Abstract The platform unit of the Oman Mountains is composed of shelf sedimentary and volcanic rocks, ranging in age from late Proterozoic to late Turonian-Coniacian, that were deformed mainly during
Tectonic setting for ophiolite obduction in Oman.
The Samail ophiolite is part of an elongate belt in the Middle East that forms an integral part of the Alpine mountain chains that make up the northern boundary of the Arabian-African plate. The
The post-Campanian tectonic evolution of the Central Oman Mountains: Tertiary extension of the Eastern Arabian Margin
Abstract This paper documents the structural history of the central Oman Mountains after the obduction of the Semail ophiolite onto the eastern margin of the Arabian continent during the Late
Thrust tectonics of the Dibba zone and the structural evolution of the Arabian continental margin along the Musandam mountains (Oman and United Arab Emirates)
  • M. Searle
  • Geology
    Journal of the Geological Society
  • 1988
In the northern Oman Mountains several major thrust sheets of Tethyan oceanic rocks (Dibba zone) and a 12km+ thick complete ophiolite sequence have been thrust westward onto the depressed Arabian